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Manager - Ministerial Liaison Team

Date: 10-Jun-2021

Location: Canberra, ACT, AU

Company: CSIRO

The Opportunity


  • 12 to 14 month mat leave cover in an exciting ministerial managerial role
  • Free on-site parking, flexible working arrangements - including work from home
  • Collaborative and supportive leading a high performing team


CSIRO is seeking an experienced and driven manager to lead the Ministerial Liaison team to manage and coordinate CSIRO's interaction with its portfolio Minister’s office, and support the CSIRO Board and Chief Executive’s relationship with the Minister. The team manages and supports CSIRO's relationship with its Minister, providing the point of contact in CSIRO for the portfolio Minister’s office and a range of services to officers of CSIRO that support the organisation’s day to day interactions with the Minister. These include support for the preparation of: ministerial information, action, event and question time briefs, ministerial correspondence, responses to both formal and informal requests from the Minister or portfolio department for information, and all the other government activities that arise within a statutory authority.

In this role you will develop networks and distill and integrate information from a variety of sources into One‐CSIRO advice. You will monitor and analyse issues of relevance to CSIRO in Parliament and the media and provide strategic advice on potential responses.

This is a busy and dynamic office, you will need to manage and prioritise multiple tasks with varying levels of complexity and urgency to maintain CSIRO’s reputation for delivering high‐quality support to its Minister. Work is often done under pressure, especially when parliament is sitting and a track record of being able to deliver on priorities under pressure is essential.

Your duties will include:

  • Leading the Ministerial Liaison team to manage and coordinate CSIRO's interaction with its portfolio minister’s office and support the CSIRO Board and Chief Executive’s relationship with the Minister.
  • Participating and contributing as a member of the wider Corporate Affairs Leadership Team to develop and implement ministerial liaison strategy and the wider Corporate Affairs strategy.
  • Assisting CSIRO in meeting its legislative, parliamentary, and administrative responsibilities including coordination of Ministerial briefs, responses to Parliamentary Questions on Notice, Senate Estimates, and Ministerial correspondence.
  • Providing briefings and information for the Executive and senior CSIRO staff on protocol and accountability issues for the Minister, the Cabinet, and the Parliament.
  • Providing advice to CSIRO staff on protocols and processes.
  • Developing key relationships with CSIRO’s portfolio department to ensure they have sufficient information regarding CSIRO.


Location: Black Mountain, ACT

Salary: AU$115k - AU$135k plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Specified term of 12 to 14 months (maternity leave cover)

Reference: 74639

To be considered you will need:

  • Strong knowledge of government policies and processes and their application within a complex organisation.
  • A working understanding of Australia’s federal government system.
  • An understanding of legislative, parliamentary, and administrative responsibilities including experience developing ministerial briefs, responses to Parliamentary Questions on Notice, Senate Estimates briefings, and Ministerial correspondence.
  • Experience strategically planning and implementing, calculating risk, problem-solving, and effectively managing a team.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills which reflect: a strong sense of audience; an ability to identify and prioritise issues in material provided by others; and an ability to present complex ideas concisely.
  • Demonstrated experience assessing the risk and opportunities of identified strategies, options, and actions and ability to overcome setbacks to achieve organisation‐wide goals.


For full details about this role please review the Position Description


To be appointed to this position you must be an Australian citizen. 

The successful applicant will be required to obtain and maintain an Australian Government security clearance at the NV1 (Secret) level.

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. 

Diversity and Inclusion

We are working hard to recruit people from diverse backgrounds and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish.


At CSIRO Australia's national science agency, we solve the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology. We put the safety and wellbeing of our people above all else and earn trust everywhere because we only deal in facts. We collaborate widely and generously and deliver solutions with real impact. 

Join us and start creating tomorrow today!

How to Apply

Please apply on-line and provide a cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role.

Applications Close

Sunday 4 July 2021, 11:00pm AEST