Assistant Secretary, Office of the Gene Technology Regulator - Department of Health - ExecutiveCareer

First listed on: 09 June 2022

 Assistant Secretary, Office of the Gene Technology Regulator


The Department of Health is seeking a talented and experienced executive to join its senior leadership team to help ensure we respond to current and emerging challenges to the health of Australians, our health and aged care system, and the government’s objectives in relation to sport. We work as a team to develop and implement coherent, connected and evidence-based responses.

An opportunity exists at the Branch Head level for a highly motivated leader with strong experience in leading scientific and technical leadership teams. You will contribute to a range of complex regulatory policy and program management issues,including developing and implementing important reforms for the regulation of gene technology in Australia.

You will also support the Gene Technology Regulator (the Regulator), the Secretary and executive team in the leadership and direction setting of the Office of the Gene Technology Regulator and the Department. Successful candidates will have demonstrated their ability and commitment to shape the culture and capability of the Department.

Successful candidates will share Health’s commitment to flexible work arrangements. This includes being committed to Health’s goal of supporting staff at all levels to do their best work from the location that enables this.

The key duties of the position include:
The Office of the Gene Technology Regulator (OGTR), comprising approximately 50 staff including contractors and non-ongoing staff, assist the Regulator in administering the Gene Technology Act 2000 to protect the health and safety of people and to protect the environment. The decisions of the Regulator are informed by two advisory committees and a wide range of Commonwealth and state government agencies involved in regulating genetically modified organisms and gene technology in Australia. This role reports to the Gene Technology Regulator, who is a statutory office-holder.

The successful candidate would assist the Regulator to achieve the objects of the . This would involve Gene Technology Act 2000 formulating proposals and advice for the Regulator on regulatory policy, compliance matters and management issues which are the responsibility of OGTR.

To be a strong contender for this role you will need to demonstrate:

  • An understanding of regulatory requirements for genetically modified organisms and gene technology or the ability to develop it.
  • Proven ability to lead professionals in diverse scientific/regulatory compliance, and to collaborate with others in areas outside your own expertise.
  • Sound judgement, a strong focus on results, and the ability to solve complex issues.
  • Proven ability to contribute to and communicate organisational strategies and to build organisational capability.
  • Effective communication skills through which you build professional relationships and engage with a range of OGTR stakeholders.

Desirable qualifications and experience:

  • To be a strong contender for the role, relevant tertiary qualifications are desirable (eg, risk assessment and/or management; biological, chemical, toxicological, environmental, or medical sciences), coupled with demonstrated leadership and management experience.
  • You may have a background in government regulation – preferably chemical or medical – or experience with the biotechnology industry.
  • You will be comfortable in leading and managing multidisciplinary teams comprising scientific, compliance and enforcement staff, and staff delivering a range of corporate support functions.

To be eligible for employment with the Department of Health applicants must be an Australian citizen at the time an offer of
employment is made.

An applicant’s suitability for employment with Health will also be assessed through a variety of pre-employment check processes, such as:

  • Satisfactory completion of an Australian Federal Police criminal history check, and where relevant a Working with Children and Vulnerable People Check.
  • Completion of a medical declaration and pre-employment medical (where required).
  • Providing evidence of qualifications (where required).
  • Obtaining and maintaining a Negative Vetting 1 security clearance.

Applications close on 30 June 2022 at 11:30PM AEST.

Applicants are asked to quote reference number 22-OGTROGTRDIV-13738 to assist when making an enquiry.

RecruitAbility applies to this vacancy. Under the RecruitAbility scheme you will be invited to participate in further assessment activity for the vacancy if you choose to apply under the scheme; declare you have a disability; and meet the minimum requirements for the job. For more information visit:

Contact Officer: Amanda O'Rourke
Contact Phone: 0452199031
Contact Email:
Agency Employment Act: PS Act 1999
Website: Department of Health
Position Numbe: 22-OGTROGTRDIV-13738
Vacancy Number: VN-0706249

Getting to know the Department of Health

The Department of Health is focused on achieving better health and wellbeing for all Australians. If you would like to join our team, and can meet our job requirements, we invite you to apply for a position with us to build better health, better care and better quality for all Australians. The department is committed to providing an inclusive and diverse workplace where the experiences, skills and perspectives of all individuals are valued. We actively encourage applications from diverse backgrounds and cultures, so we can better represent the community we serve. The department welcomes applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disability, mature age people, people who identify as LGBTI+, and people with parenting and/or caring responsibilities.