Position Title: Assistant Director - Domestic Policy and Legislation
Classification: EL1
Position Number: Several
Tenure: Ongoing and Non-Ongoing for a period of 12 months with the possibility of extension
Duration: Permanent
Section: Domestic Policy and Legislation
Group: Policy and Governance
Division: Policy and Corporate
Location: ACT/VIC
Immediate Supervisor: Executive Level 2
Security Classification: BASELINE

Group Responsibilities

The Policy and Governance Group (PGG) is IP Australia's lead on government engagement on matters relating to intellectual property. PGG covers a broad range of areas, from legislation through to international policy and trade agreements, and from audit and attorney registration to legal advice and economic research.

Section Responsibilities

The Domestic Policy and Legislation section is responsible for:

  • Managing the development and implementation of changes to the legislation administered by IP Australia
  • Providing strategic policy advice on current and emerging domestic IP issues
  • Providing briefing materials for Ministers and senior executives 

Job Description / Context of the Role

The Assistant Director will assist in managing the Domestic Policy and Legislation team by providing strategic policy advice on current and emerging intellectual property matters; developing and implementing policy initiatives; developing and implementing changes to the legislation administered by IP Australia; providing Ministerial and Executive briefings and advice; and representing IP Australia.
The Domestic Policy and Legislation section has one ongoing vacancy at this level, and a further possible non-ongoing vacancy for 12 months. A merit list may be established to fill similar roles within PGG on either an ongoing or non-ongoing basis, including vacancies in the International Policy and Cooperation team and the Trade and Policy Projects team.

Job Specific Duties

  • Works flexibly with the teams and the Directors of the Policy and Governance Group to help lead the domestic and/or international functions of the group on behalf of IP Australia
  • Provides Ministerial and Executive briefings, correspondence and advice on current and emerging IP issues
  • Develops, implements and reviews IP policy initiatives and legislation
  • Delivers high quality research and analysis
  • Represents the Policy and Governance Group and IP Australia
  • Manages staff and provides strategic leadership to small teams
  • Demonstrates attitudes and behaviours responsive to workplace change (including participates in and encourages others to participate in change and contribute to successful outcomes)
  • Improves organisational performance through effective engagement with and management of risk within relevant sphere of influence
  • Establishes clear expectations and creates an environment to achieve stated goals and objectives, takes ownership and honours commitments
  • Maintains an understanding of their/worker responsibilities under the Work Health & Safety Act 2011 (WHS Act) and a commitment to promoting a healthy and safe workplace

Job Specific Capabilities

The successful candidate will have demonstrated capabilities consistent with the APS integrated leadership system (ILS) as required at the EL1 level. Candidates should also possess:

  • Well-developed leadership, communication and analytical skills
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and manage productive stakeholder relationships
  • Self-motivation, with a track record of delivering outcomes and exercising sound judgement in handling complex issues
  • Demonstrated skill in developing, implementing and reviewing policy initiatives
  • Demonstrated ability to apply and interpret legislation
  • An understanding of, or the ability to quickly develop an understanding of, IP policy and/or IP law

Please note: Applicants are encouraged to refer to the attached Capability Framework documentation which outlines agency wide behavioural descriptiors for the five core capabilities at this classification.

Eligibility Qualifications / Knowledge Required

The position requires a baseline security clearance.
An understanding of current and emerging IP policy issues, as well as a good understanding of the IP system would be an advantage. Legal qualifications and/or knowledge of the Parliamentary legislation process would also be an advantage.

Application Requirements

To apply for this position, applicants are asked to:

  • Prepare a two page statement detailing relevant experience and achievements relevant to the position, the Integrated leadership System (ILS), https://www.apsc.gov.au/integrated-leadership-system-ils-0 and the required capabilities listed above
  • Provide a current CV detailing recent employment history and qualifications relevant to the advertised position
  • Provide the name and contact details of two referees

Applications must be submitted through the IP Australia Web Recruitment system (ESS)
Please note: you MUST be an Australian Citizen to be engaged in the APS and to meet IP Australia’s security clearance requirements.

Contact Officer

For further information pertaining to this job please contact Paul Gardner on 02 6283 2145



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Working in IP Australia

Australia’s Intellectual property (IP) rights system supports innovation, investment and international competitiveness. IP Australia administers Australia’s IP rights system, specifically patents, trade marks, designs and plant breeder’s rights. IP Australia also undertakes programs to educate and promote an awareness of intellectual property (IP), provides IP policy input to Government, develops legislation to support the IP system and contributes to bilateral and multilateral negotiations to improve IP protection internationally.

IP Australia strives to deliver robust IP rights efficiently, satisfy our customers in terms of timeliness and value for money and be recognised as one of the leading IP offices in the world for the quality (including accuracy and consistency) of the IP rights we grant. IP Australia is committed to external certification of our Quality Management System which involves applying ISO 9001:2008 to key business processes and to environmental management through ISO14001 certification within the agency.

All IP Australia staff contribute to the achievement of organisational outcomes and the overall management of IP Australia by assisting, as appropriate, the Commissioner of Patents and the Registrars of Trade Marks and Designs and Plant Breeder’s Rights, and their deputies (where relevant), to perform statutory functions, and where appropriate, exercise relevant delegations.

IP Australia recognises the importance of employees balancing their work and personal lives by offering staff access to an ongoing series of health and wellbeing programs, flexible work-life policies and a range of professional development programs. IP Australia is a breastfeeding friendly workplace.

The IP Australia office in Canberra provides high quality accommodation and facilities. These include: an on-site café, conference, meeting and training rooms; limited on-site parking for cars and motor cycles available on a rotational basis; the provision of undercover bicycle racks; excellent shower/change facilities for staff choosing to walk or ride to work; and the advantage of all staff being co-located in the one building.

Please note: All IP Australia positions are subject to an ENTRY ONLY pre-employment check unless a higher security clearance has been identified. Other pre-employment checks may also apply.


Job documentation updated and endorsed for use: 
Wednesday, May 20, 2020