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Deputy Commissioner(s) – 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 the Commission will begin operations in mid-2023.

The Commission will be a central pillar in the Australian 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 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 Deputy Commissioners

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 Deputy Commissioner of the National Anti-Corruption Commission. Up to three Deputy Commissioners may be appointed. Subject to the passage of the legislation, it is anticipated the appointments of the Deputy Commissioners will begin in mid-2023.

Reporting directly to the Commissioner and working closely with the Chief Executive Officer, Deputy Commissioners will play an integral role in the Commission's role to detect and investigate serious or systemic corruption across the Commonwealth public sector, working collectively to assist the Commissioner in performance of their functions. It is envisaged Deputy Commissioners will lead investigations and operational activities into allegations of corruption, subject to delegation by the Commissioner. Deputy Commissioners may also be involved in the triage and assessment of incoming referrals and allegations (including from members of the public), the management of intelligence functions and education and corruption prevention initiatives.

As one of the senior leaders of the Commission, Deputy Commissioners will support the strategic direction and anti‑corruption agenda of the new agency. Deputy Commissioners will be strong organisational leaders, and will work directly with staff on the Commission's investigations and corruption prevention initiatives.

To be a strong contender for the role of Deputy Commissioner, you will have a proven track record of exercising discretion, careful judgement and personal resilience, particularly in the use of investigative powers and in the handling of confidential material and sensitive information. You will have the outstanding engagement skills necessary to facilitate cooperation and partnerships, negotiate persuasively and handle sensitive corruption-related issues with professionalism. Experience in administrative and/or criminal law, investigations or integrity-related education and prevention initiatives would be highly advantageous. Experience working in or dealing with the public sector would also be advantageous.

Eligibility

At least 2 of the 3 Deputy Commissioners must be a retired judge of a federal court or a court of state or territory, or be enrolled as a legal practitioner and have been enrolled as a legal practitioner for at least 5 years. Applicants with extensive professional experience in other relevant fields – including investigations, integrity or corruption prevention – will also be considered.

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 core criteria:

  • shapes strategic thinking
  • achieves results
  • exemplifies personal drive and integrity
  • cultivates productive working relationships
  • communicates with influence. 

Details about these criteria, and the capabilities relevant to each, is available at the Australian Public Service Commission's website.

The successful applicant will also display:

  • experience in one or more of the following areas:
    • administrative and/or criminal law
    • leading complex investigations involving the use of significant powers
    • designing and delivering outreach and capability improvement programs.
  • experience working in or dealing closely with the public sector.
  • sophisticated engagement skills.
  • 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

Deputy Commissioners will be appointed by the Governor-General for a term of up to 5 years, with the possibility of reappointment for a further 5 year term. In addition, proposed appointments will be subject to consideration by the Parliamentary Joint Committee on the National Anti-Corruption Commission.

During their term, Deputy Commissioners will be restricted from undertaking outside employment.

These appointments will be based in Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or Perth. Travel between these locations and elsewhere will be required. Full-time or part-time appointments may be considered.

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 $569,470, 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 four 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 Deputy Commissioner – J16031. 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.