• The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) is seeking talented and passionate executive level professionals to establish and lead a number of business initiatives in response to key Government objectives.
  • At the AIHW we provide work that is unique, fulfilling and challenging, and value leaders who can motivate, coach and mentor our employees.
  • The Institute embraces and promotes workplace diversity and is an equal opportunity employer.

Group: various
Unit: various
Classification: Executive Level 2 Salary: $120,308 - $135,205 plus 15.4% superannuation
Location: The existing two positions are expected to be based in Canberra. Future opportunities may become available in our Sydney Office.

Ongoing and non-ongoing positions leading one of the Institute’s statistical, data or subject area units (excluding corporate service units)

These are generally full-time positions; however, requests for part-time arrangements may be considered.


This process will be used to fill a small number of currently available Unit Head positions, and to establish an order of merit, which may be used to fill similar ongoing and non-ongoing Unit Head positions across the Institute over the next twelve months. The initial available vacancies are in the areas of Population Health and Primary Care, and Family, Domestic and Sexual Violence.

About the Institute

The AIHW is an independent corporate Commonwealth entity established by the Australian Government to provide reliable, regular and relevant information and statistics on the health and welfare of Australians.

The Institute currently employs around 350 staff and is comprised of eight groups: Business and Governance; Data Strategies and Information Technology; Community Services and Communication; Health; Health Performance and Accountability; Hospitals, Resourcing and Classifications; Housing and Specialised Services; and Indigenous and Children’s.

We collaborate with federal and state agencies and non-government organisations across sectors relevant to health and welfare-related information. Our activities include data collection, developing national data standards, linking and analysing data and producing reports and other statistical information products.

Our aim is to improve the health and wellbeing of Australians through better health and welfare information and statistics. We collect and report information on a wide range of topics and issues, ranging from health and welfare expenditure, hospitals, disease and injury, and mental health, to ageing, homelessness, disability and child protection.

Governments and the community use our reports and data in discussing, debating, and making policy decisions on health, housing and community services matters.

For a summary of the work undertaken by each Group and Unit refer to the Institute’s website (www.aihw.gov.au).

Role overview

As members of the Institute’s broader leadership cohort, Unit Heads make a major contribution to the formulation of strategies and objectives in line with corporate goals of the Institute, and take an active role in developing and promoting the Institute’s business activity. In addition to expertise in their professional field, they need advanced managerial skills to fulfil their supervisory responsibilities.

Current vacancies are:
Population Health and Primary Care: Work in this area spans monitoring of population health, health inequalities, risk factors, international comparisons, primary care, and chronic diseases. The work in this area is varied and interesting, for example comprehensive disease monitoring, in-depth analytical projects on particular topics, and development of primary care information. Professional expertise relevant to this subject-matter includes epidemiology, public/population health, statistics, demography, and related health and other sciences.

Family, Domestic and Sexual Violence: The AIHW is creating a Family, Domestic and Sexual Violence (FDSV) Unit to focus on establishing core reporting capability regarding FDSV in Australia. The Unit will develop a national report on FDSV in Australia, building on the work of the Australian Bureau of Statistics and the Data Collection and Reporting Framework, and progress reporting against the National Outcome Standards for Perpetrator Interventions. It will also build capacity to undertake other data clearinghouse activities, complementing and supporting work of states/territories and the Commonwealth.

The Unit Head position is initially available for a 12 month period. Although experience in the FDSV field would be an advantage, critical skills for this position are information development and stakeholder engagement in a complex policy area in which there are disparate data sources of varying levels of maturity.

Key responsibilities

Under broad direction from the Group Head (SES B1):

  • Provide leadership, direction and performance management to staff in the Unit to ensure achievement of corporate objectives through the effective management of physical, financial, data/technological information and human resources.
  • Plan, initiate and manage major complex projects and/or functions associated with the development, collection and/or analysis of data and the preparation of reports, publications, papers and submissions.
  • Undertake highly complex research and analysis associated with AIHW projects.
  • Provide high level professional, technical and management subject-matter expertise on matters in line with the AIHW’s corporate and strategic plans.
  • Undertake high level liaison and negotiation with other areas of the AIHW, other government agencies, state and territory authorities and/or business or community organisations, and represent the AIHW at high level meetings, conferences and seminars to develop and promote the Institute’s work program.
  • Maintain awareness of, and alignment with, government and Australian Public Service priorities, policies and procedures in delivering the work of the unit and contributing to the organisation more broadly.

Selection Criteria

  1. Shapes strategic thinking
    This is about your ability to understand the link between the work of the Unit, the Institute and the whole of government agenda. This is demonstrated by your analytical thinking and sound judgement to translate strategic objectives to operational goals.
  2. Achieves results
    This is about your commitment to working towards the delivery of outcomes and your ability to draw on your own and others’ expertise to achieve these goals. It is also about how you deal with and implement change.
  3. Cultivates productive working relationships
    This encapsulates teamwork, respect for your colleagues, and building and nurturing internal and external collaborative working relationships. It also entails developing, supporting and mentoring staff.
  4. Exemplifies personal drive and integrity
    This is about pushing yourself to achieve your work goals while maintaining integrity and confidentiality. It includes providing impartial and forthright advice and facing challenges constructively.
  5. Communicates with influence
    This emphasises the importance of excellence in oral and written communication with all your internal and external stakeholders, colleagues and clients. It is also about your ability to negotiate mutually beneficial outcomes.
  6. Relevant expertise
    Relevant expertise includes exceptional technical skills in the areas of data analysis, the collection, development, and/or reporting of statistics and information, and the management of a program of work in these areas. Knowledge or expertise related to one or more of the health or welfare subject areas of the Institute (see AIHW website) is highly desirable. Please indicate in your application if you have special expertise or a strong interest in one or more subject areas.

These selection criteria have been developed for EL2 staff at the AIHW. They are derived from the Australian Public Service Integrated Leadership System. More information about the ILS can be obtained at www.apsc.gov.au/ils/



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Details about the positions and how to apply can be found on our website (http://www.aihw.gov.au/employment/).

Your application should include:

  1. A concise statement demonstrating your claims to the position.
    In preparing your application you should prepare a short pitch (1000 words max) highlighting your skill set, technical expertise and experience in relation to the selection criteria.
  2. Your current Curriculum Vitae (including contact details for two referees).
  3. Completed personal details form click here to download from AIHW website.

Advertised: Commonwealth Gazette (Wednesday 15 February 2017).

Closing Date: 11pm, Wednesday,1 March 2017

Contact officer: Lynelle Moon (Population Health and Primary Care), Senior Executive, Health Group 02 6244 1235

Louise York (FDSV), Senior Executive, Community Services and Communications Group 02 6244 1271



This position profile and subsequent selection are approved by:

Barry Sandison, Director (CEO), AIHW

Canberra, 9 February 2017