Position Title: Senior Database Administrator
Classification: EL1
Position Number: 6524
Tenure: Ongoing
Duration: Permanent
Section: Infrastructure Services
Group: Innovation and Technology
Division: Policy and Corporate
Location: ACT
Immediate Supervisor: Executive Level 1
Security Classification: BASELINE

Group Responsibilities

The Innovation and Technology Group (ITG) is responsible for developing and delivering upon the technology strategy and continued digital transformation of IP Australia across all levels of the organisations internal and external interactions. This is done by embracing transformational and innovative technologies embodying a customer centric and agile culture to deliver smart solutions and new approaches that significantly improve both our internal and external stakeholder experiences. In working in this way the ITG is set to position IP Australia as both a Domestic and International ICT leader across Government and beyond.

Section Responsibilities

The ICT Infrastructure Services Section provides services including UNIX/LINUX administration, Windows Server and Desktop management, Database administration, Network and Storage administration and Telephony and Datacentre management. Infrastructure Services is in the process of implementing Agile practices in an effort to streamline our efforts.

Job Description / Context of the Role

 The Senior Database Administrator is a Subject Matter Expert and works under limited direction exercising reasonable autonomy and accountability. This position is responsible for managing and/or providing detailed and accurate technical and strategic advice in regard to early intervention by monitoring and diagnosing complex database issues. The successful applicant should have strong communication, influencing and negotiation skills as well as a working knowledge of the Work Health & Safety Act 2011 (WHS Act), the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (SRC Act), Privacy Act 1988 and general employment law.
The successful applicant will be required to perform various duties relating to:
• building and managing data environments supporting IP Australia’s business applications. These environments, predominantly hosted on Sun Solaris/ Red-Hat Linux mid-range platforms, are based on products and tools which include Oracle DBMS, Objective EDMS (document management), Microsoft SQL DBMS, SAP (financial management), other Oracle products, and NetApp Storage Management;
• providing support for the design, development and maintenance of business solutions supported by these environments including on-call duties; and
• ensuring high availability, integrity and performance of databases and related applications.
As a senior member of the team, the Senior Database Administrator will have sound people management skills in order to mentor employees in the delivery of quality and timely services.  The successful applicant will have good problem solving skills, and the ability to enhance relationships within teams and with peers, stakeholders and clients.
IP Australia has a policy of continuously improving the organisation's performance.  The Senior Database Administrator will be expected to act as an agent for change, both in the technical environment and in the way the Section manages its workload and its work procedures.
The capabilities required for this role are defined by the APS Integrated Leadership System (ILS) capabilities at the EL1 Level, and the Level 5 in the Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA) capabilities listed below, the latter which in turn form part of the Australian Public Service ICT Capability Framework.

Job Specific Duties

As a member of the Database Management Team within Infrastructure Services, perform the duties necessary to deliver highly effective and robust database environments supporting IP Australia’s business systems.

 Duties include:

  • designing, implementing and maintaining IP Australia’s managed data environments, which include Oracle DBMS, Objective EDMS, SAP instances and MS SQL DBMS, ensuring high integrity, availability and performance;
  • Installing, maintaining, and upgrading database software and related tools. The latter includes Oracle products, SAP, IBM MQ-Series and NetApp Enterprise Storage Management; SAP Basis training will be offered if required.
  • management and monitoring of the backup and recovery of databases and related data to ensure optimal availability of services including on-call duties as per EA.
  • maintaining processes, procedures and documentation necessary for effective maintenance of IP Australia’s database environments as per ISO requirements; and
  • providing technical support and advice, in particular to solution architects and application developers, on effective use of supported database technologies and in the development of appropriate data models and database designs.

The Senior Database Administrator will accept responsibility for monitoring and reviewing the quality of services delivered by the team and the Section as a whole, identifying internal and external service improvement opportunities, and guiding technological and/or process change within the team to achieve desired outcomes.  The Senior Database Administrator will also be an active participant in Corporate, Group and Section initiatives.  They will provide input to the development and support of employee management and learning and skills development strategies.

  • 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

  • Significant Oracle database technical expertise
  • Relevant tertiary qualifications in Computing Science or evidence through relevant work experience
  • Highly desirable expertise:
  • Objective EDMS
  • SAP Basis
  • NetApp Storage Management
  • Commvault Backup Management
  • Microsoft SQL Server
  • Team Leadership skills will be highly desirable
  • Provide a high level of technical expertise, in particular relating to Oracle database administration;
  • Provide infrastructure solutions which require ingenuity and innovation;
  • A strong commitment to continuous improvement and demonstrate an awareness of new emerging technologies;
  • Experience in supporting Objective EDMS, SAP, Oracle development and middle-tier products and/or Microsoft SQL will be highly valued.
  • Experience with IBM MQ-Series and NetApp Storage Management will also be valued.

Eligibility Qualifications / Knowledge Required

The capabilities required for this role are defined by the APS Integrated Leadership System (ILS) capabilities at the EL1 Level, and the Level 5 in the Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA) capabilities listed below, the latter which in turn form part of the Australian Public Service ICT Capability Framework.

  • Database administration
  • Database/repository design
  • Methods & tools
  • Problem management
  • Requirements definition and management
  • Stakeholder relationship management
  • Technical specialism

Application Requirements

To apply for this position, candidates are asked to:

  • Frame their responses around the job specific duties and job specific capabilities of the role (as set out in this job documentation), and provide:
  • An explanation of how their skills, knowledge and experience will be relevant to this role (limited response between 500 and 1000 words)
  •  Details of no more than two (2) professional achievements, within the last 5 years, that demonstrate their suitability for this role (limited response between 300 and 500 words)
  • Provide a current CV detailing recent employment history which is 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: Varun Wadhwa on 02 6225 6142


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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: 
Monday, July 2, 2018