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Chief Executive Officer (CEO) – National Anti-Corruption Commission

Information about the National Anti-Corruption Commission

The Australian Government has introduced legislation to establish the National Anti-Corruption Commission (the Commission) to Parliament. Subject to the passage of legislation, it is anticipated that the Commission will commence operations in mid‑2023.

The Commission will be a central pillar in the Government’s broader federal integrity framework and will work closely with heads of other integrity agencies across the Commonwealth to strengthen the integrity of the Commonwealth public sector.

Subject to the Parliamentary process, the Commission will be established as a non-corporate Australian Government entity and will have broad jurisdiction to investigate and report on serious or systemic corruption across the Commonwealth public sector. This includes the power to investigate Ministers, Parliamentarians and their staff, statutory officer holders and employees and contractors of government agencies.

The Commission will have the discretion to commence investigations on its own initiative or in response to referrals from anyone, to investigate both criminal and non-criminal corrupt conduct, and conduct occurring before or after its establishment. The Commission will also have an education and prevention function and provide advice on corruption risks, vulnerabilities and strategies to address them, strengthening corruption prevention across Government.

The Commission will have offices in Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth.

For information about the legislation to establish the Commission, visit the Attorney-General's Department website.

Role of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

This position will be created by legislation establishing the National Anti-Corruption Commission, which is currently before the Parliament and subject to a Joint Select Committee inquiry. Applicants should be aware parliamentary consideration of the Bills may result in changes to the functions, duties and powers of the role described below. Appointments will be subject to the passage of the legislation.

The Australian Government is seeking expressions of interest from outstanding leaders who have extensive experience in public sector administration, and navigating sensitive and complex organisational issues, for appointment as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Commission. Subject to the passage of the legislation, it is anticipated the appointment of the CEO will begin in mid‑2023.

Working directly to the Commissioner, the CEO will provide strategic leadership and have administrative responsibility for the Commission. As the accountable authority for the Commission under the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 and agency head under the Public Service Act 1999, you will be directly responsible for managing the Commission’s affairs and ensuring the proper performance of the Commission’s functions. You will be responsible for reporting on the financial and non-financial performance of the Commission, allocating staff and capabilities and ensuring the Commission operates within legislative and operational requirements.

As the inaugural CEO of the Commission, you will play a pivotal role in its establishment, ensuring the Commission's operations are underpinned by strong policies, capabilities, systems and processes for conducting timely and lawful investigations and delivering effective corruption prevention and education activities. Working closely with the Commissioner and Deputy Commissioners, the CEO will play an integral role in shaping the culture and capability of the Commission. Given the high-profile nature of this work, you will require a high degree of personal resilience.

You will support initial engagement across the Commonwealth public sector, working closely with agency heads and other senior officers to build their understanding of new responsibilities and obligations, with an engagement approach that builds enduring partnerships, consensus and support.

To be a strong contender for the role of CEO, you will have extensive public sector experience and demonstrate sophisticated engagement skills and judgement to support the Commission’s establishment and ongoing operations. You will be persuasive and collaborative, with a strong record of managing complex organisations and high standards of integrity and accountability.

Eligibility

To be eligible for appointment as the CEO, you must possess appropriate qualifications, knowledge and experience.

Applicants must have, or be able to obtain, a high-level security clearance. To be eligible for an Australian Government security clearance, you must be an Australian citizen and have a checkable background. To obtain a high-level security clearance, applicants must be prepared for a detailed and intrusive review of their past and present movements and to maintain standards of integrity that are beyond reproach. Information on security clearance processes is available at the Australian Government Security Vetting Agency website.

Selection criteria

In addition to meeting the eligibility criteria set out above, applicants will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • Demonstrates high level leadership and vision
    • sets a strategic vision and inspires others to achieve this
    • innovative in dealing with issues
    • articulates a clear direction for their organisation.
  • Manages large and/or complex operations
    • achieves results within the context of organisational and/or Government policy
    • strong people management skills
    • strong financial management, ensuring efficient, effective and ethical use of resources.
    • understanding of and commitment to quality organisational governance
  • Works with others to meet objectives
    • operates collaboratively with others to meet organisational objectives
    • cultivates productive relationships
    • listens to people and values different perspectives.
  • High level of judgement.

The successful applicant will also display:

  • the highest standards of professional and personal integrity and accountability and the capacity to promote these in an organisation.
  • extensive experience in public sector administration, ideally including administering a public sector agency, including a strong knowledge of the obligations of agency heads under the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 and the Public Service Act 1999.
  • experience in leading organisational change and the development of organisational direction and culture.
  • a sophisticated capacity to foster relationships to meet objectives.

The APS welcomes and encourages applications from people with disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, LGBTIQ+ people, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and mature age people.

Terms and conditions

The CEO will be appointed by the Governor-General for a term of up to 5 years.

This full-time appointment will be based in Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or Perth. Travel between these locations and elsewhere will be required.

The remuneration for this position will be set by the Remuneration Tribunal. An interim determination of total annual remuneration for the position has been set by the Remuneration Tribunal at $427,120, to be confirmed following passage of the legislation to establish the Commission.

How to apply

Applications must include:

  • an expression of interest, of no more than 4 pages, outlining your claims against the eligibility and selection criteria above.
  • a resume detailing the full particulars of your qualifications, experience and expertise.
  • the names and contact details of at least 2 referees who have recent, direct and relevant experience of your work. Applicants will be notified before referees are contacted.

To apply, please review and complete the requirements outlined above. Email your application materials to applications.australia@ngs-global.com, citing NACC CEO – J16033. Please include any reasonable adjustments you may require for this process.

Applications close 11.59pm AEDT, 14 November 2022.

Contact

If further information is required after reviewing the role description and information please contact Dr Marianne Broadbent, Mark Lelliott, or Grant Nichol on +61 3 8626 0600 or 1300 138 863.

Assessment process

Written applications will be assessed by a panel, with shortlisted applicants further assessed at interview. Recommended candidates from this process will be considered for appointment by Cabinet prior to recommendation to the Governor-General.

Communication

All advice and communication will be sent to applicants via email. Please ensure the email address provided is correct.