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Commissioner – National Anti-Corruption Commission

Information about the National Anti-Corruption Commission

The Australian Government has introduced legislation to Parliament to establish the National Anti-Corruption Commission (the Commission). Subject to the passage of legislation, it is anticipated the Commission will begin 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, and to investigate 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 these, 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 Commissioner

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 with an impressive record of achievement and a demonstrated commitment to integrity and accountability for appointment as the Commissioner of the National Anti-Corruption Commission. Subject to the passage of the legislation, it is anticipated the appointment of the Commissioner will begin in mid‑2023.

To be a strong contender for this role, you will have high standing and a proven ability to coordinate and lead complex investigations, to engage persuasively, and facilitate cooperation and partnerships with senior stakeholders from diverse sectors of the Australian community. This will be complemented by an excellent understanding and practical experience in administrative and/or criminal law, sound judgement and personal resilience, demonstrated professionalism and a personal style that engenders trust and respect.

The Commissioner will exercise a broad range of powers, including significant coercive powers such as the power to hold compulsory hearings, including in public. As Commissioner, you will refer evidence of criminal corrupt conduct for prosecution and undertake education and prevention activities regarding corruption, including through public inquiries into corruption risks, vulnerabilities and measures to prevent corruption in Government agencies.

As Commissioner, you will work closely with other federal integrity agency heads to strengthen integrity and prevent corruption across the Australian Government. You will build strong and enduring relationships with key stakeholders in government and civil society, including with heads of government agencies, state and territory counterparts and integrity experts. You will engage with Members of Parliament, including the Parliamentary Joint Committee on the Commission which will oversee the work of the Commission, and with the independent Inspector of the Commission.

The Commissioner will be the head of the Commission. Supported by up to three Deputy Commissioners and the Chief Executive Officer, you will establish the agency, ensuring it is well placed to deliver its anti-corruption mandate.

Eligibility

To be eligible for appointment as the Commissioner, you must be a retired judge of a federal court or a state or territory court, or a legal practitioner enrolled for at least 5 years.

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:

  • extensive experience in the fields of administrative and/or criminal law.
  • experience working in or dealing closely with the public sector.
  • a strong understanding of the obligations associated with the use of significant powers and access to extremely sensitive information.
  • sophisticated capacity to foster relationships to meet objectives.
  • the highest standards of professional and personal integrity and accountability and the capacity to promote these in an organisation.

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 Commissioner will be appointed by the Governor-General for a single term of up to 5 years. In addition, proposed appointments will be subject to consideration by the Parliamentary Joint Committee on the National Anti-Corruption Commission.

During their term the Commissioner will be restricted from undertaking outside employment.

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 remuneration for the position has been set by the Remuneration Tribunal at $728,900, 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, review and complete the requirements outlined above. Email your application materials to applications.australia@ngs-global.com, citing NACC Commissioner – J16030. 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, as well as a Parliamentary Joint Committee as required under the legislation, 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.