First listed on: 11 November 2022
Assistant Secretary Budgeting and Reporting

Senior Executive Service Band 1
Salary may be negotiated with the successful candidate
Canberra – ACT 

Defence requires a professional, talented and motivated individual to fill a position at the Senior Executive Service Band 1 level in its Defence Finance Group. 

You will be a strategic thinker with significant leadership and management ability, possessing strong written and verbal communication skills and demonstrated ability as a persuasive leader. To be successful you will exemplify the Defence Values and Behaviours and engender a culture of innovation, collaboration and agility. You will be self-aware, positive in considering and respecting a diversity of ideas and the perspectives of others.

As part of the Senior Leadership Group, you will play a key role in promoting and influencing a shared commitment to the strategic direction of Defence.

You will:

  • Lead and manage a Branch practicing inclusive leadership and collaboration;
  • Demonstrate strong judgement and capitalise on innovative alternatives to resolve complex problems;
  • Effectively challenge the status quo when required; and
  • Demonstrate resilience and personal accountability for the quality of advice and delivery of results through engaging, collaborating and partnering.

Your Role
The Budgeting and Reporting Branch is within the Budgets and Financial Services Division. The Assistant Secretary is responsible for leading a technical Branch that is responsible for:

  • Providing accurate and timely financial input to Defence’s updates of the Integrated Investment Program (IIP), Defence’s Portfolio Budget Statements (PBS), Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements (PAES), Defence Annual Report (DAR) and Defence Senate Estimates process.
  • Managing budget reviews and updating as part of the Commonwealth budget cycle, including major budget reviews for acquisition programs and sustainment, workforce, operating, and no-win-no-loss (NWNL) Operations. 
  • Preparing and co-ordinating the annual Defence Budget Portfolio Submission to Government.
  • Control, oversight and management of the Defence Internal Budget and associated policies and systems.
  • Providing strategic advice and contestability on budget pressures, over-programming risks and opportunities in the planning, development and execution of business plans and budgets.
  • Supporting the Defence Senior Executives and teams, to manage their allocated budgets, including aligning budget with business activities, and providing advice on managing budget pressures.
  • Monthly internal management reporting to the Defence Executive Committees including conduct of the Defence Mid-Year Finance Review process on behalf of the CFO.
  • Managing Defence’s end of financial year expenditure to achieve a balanced budget outcome.

Additional Information

Application Closing Date: 11:30pm (AEDT), Wednesday 30 November 2022

Engagement may be negotiated on an ongoing or non-ongoing basis. To be eligible, applicants must be Australian citizens. This is a security-designated position and the successful applicant will be required to hold or obtain a security clearance at the Negative Vetting 2 level.
A Merit Pool of highly suitable candidates will be established to fill similar vacancies that may occur within the next 18 months.

For further information please review the job information pack, reference DFG/08111/22, on    


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