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Deputy Chief Medical Officer – Government Department

Deputy Chief Medical Officer – Government Department

Company: Government Department
Location: Canberra, ACT
Job Type: Full-time
Job Status: Sourcing
Date Posted: 14/09/2021
Job Contact:

Terry Cornick


Employment Type: Full-time
Location: Canberra, ACT
Position Classification: Staff Specialist
Application Close Date: 22/9/2021

Where you’ll be working

The Department of Home Affairs is responsible for centrally coordinated strategy and policy leadership in relation to domestic and national security arrangements, law enforcement, emergency management, counter-terrorism, social cohesion, the protection of our sovereignty, the integrity of our border and the resilience of our national infrastructure. The Australian Border Force, an operationally independent body within the Department of Home Affairs, is Australia’s frontline border law enforcement agency and Australia’s customs service. The Australian Border Force delivers critical border protection and national security outcomes while facilitating the movement of people and goods across the border.

The Australian Border Force’s mission is to protect Australia’s border and enable legitimate travel and trade. Our people are integral to achieving our mission to protect Australia’s border and manage the movement of people and goods across it. We offer challenging and diverse careers that touch upon many parts of Australian life – industry and commerce, trade and travel, our national security, the protection of our community and the security of our offshore maritime resources and environment. Our success depends largely on our ability to foster the innovation, efforts and diverse skills of our people. We strive to create a motivating and rewarding working environment in which we value performance, our people, integrity, service and service standards. We encourage applications from Indigenous Australians, people with disability and people from other diverse backgrounds.

We are committed to providing a working environment that values diversity and inclusion and supports staff to reach their full potential. For more information https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/about-us/careers/working-with-us/workplace-diversity The Department offers an attractive remuneration package, including salary, superannuation benefits and flexible working conditions appropriate to the level of the position. For further details, refer to the Workplace Determination at https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/about-us/careers/working-with-us

About the Role

The Deputy Chief Medical Officer (DCMO) reports to the Chief Medical Officer and will contribute to the strategic goals of the branch, through leadership, knowledge and innovation. The role will have broad responsibilities across the Department and the ABF, and deputies as Chief Medical Officer when required. The two roles will work together closely, and ensure the Department and ABF have broad clinical representation, both internally and across the various external forums.

The position will be based in Canberra, and will assist with oversight of the medical officers and registered nurses of the CAT in Sydney and Canberra. The responsibilities of the Chief Medical Officer Branch are broad and complex, with staff often required to work under pressure and to manage urgent, high priority tasks. Relevant areas include:

  • Policy, Program & Service Development and Management
  • Detention Health
  • Migration and Refugee Health
  • Complex Case Management
  • Staff Health and Wellbeing
  • Clinical governance, assurance, safety and quality activities
  • Data Analysis and Reporting
  • Liaison with other agencies, and advisors
  • Departmental engagement activities.


These services must be provided:

  • In accordance with APS values and the Code of Conduct
  • In alignment with the Department’s health governance and assurance frameworks, policies and procedures, in accordance with relevant standards
  • Where appropriate, with engagement and in collaboration with local or international health authorities and other Departmental personnel in policy, program and operational areas, and;
  • Such that they are based on best available evidence and current medical practice.


The DCMO will support, provide advice or guidance and be available to represent the Clinical Advisory Team at key governance committees including the Health Advisory Group Meeting and the Detention Health Assurance Meeting and provide advice to senior executive, as required.

About You


  • Broad-based, clinical skills and experience
  • Hold a Fellowship with one or more of the Medical Colleges in Australia.
  • Full & unconditional registration as a medical practitioner with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • Demonstrated senior leadership experience within organisations managing health services in the public service or corporate sectors
  • Ability to obtain and maintain at minimum a Baseline security clearance



  • A broad awareness of global public health issues affecting Australia
  • Interest, training and experience in a relevant non-clinical domain, i.e. business, economics, law, administration, public policy etc.
  • Interest in governance, assurance and quality management
  • Interest in development & administration of public health policy
  • Well-developed oral and written communication skills
  • Highly developed skills working in a multi-disciplinary team environment
  • Comfortable working in a complex, fast-paced and dynamic organisation
  • Knowledge of and expert use of MS Office software programs.

More information

The Department is committed to workforce diversity and applicants who are Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, come from a diverse cultural or linguistic background or have a disability are encouraged to apply.

Pool of Merit: Applicants rated as suitable will be placed in a pool of merit that may be used to fill similar positions throughout the Department for up to 12 months.

Remuneration: The Department offers an attractive remuneration package, including salary, superannuation benefits and flexible working conditions appropriate to the level of the position. For further details, refer to the Workplace Determination at https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/about-us/careers/working-with-us

RecruitAbility applies to this vacancy. Under the RecruitAbility scheme you will be invited to participate in further assessment activity for the vacancy if you choose to apply under the scheme; declare you have a disability; and meet the minimum requirements for the job. For more information visit: https://www.apsc.gov.au/recruitability

For more information, please contact: Terry Cornick at terry@Blugibbon.com

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