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Assistant Director, Financial Accounting
Business & Corporate Services
Ongoing - Permanent
$120,282 - $134,407

The opportunity

Are you seeking a career at an intelligence agency where you can contribute and make a difference to the security of Australia?  

ASIO protects Australia and Australians from threats to their security. In a complex, challenging and changing security environment, our success is built on the imagination and intelligence of our team. ASIO's people are ordinary Australians but they do extraordinary things - they are our most important asset. To be successful in our mission, we need talented people who are highly capable, dedicated, adaptable and resilient.

ASIO staff are carers, parents, grandparents and community volunteers and may come from various backgrounds, including music, teaching and nursing. We are proud Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and second or third generation Australians. We are introverted, extroverted and neurodiverse. We are trades' specialists, technically-minded, corporate and intelligence professionals. We are your neighbours and part of your community. The only difference is, we don't tell you where we work or what we do.

ASIO is committed to a diverse and inclusive environment, where all staff are valued and respected.

ASIO is seeking to fill the role of Assistant Director Financial Accounting to support the management of all aspects of financial accounting operations.  This role offers a broad scope of responsibilities and the autonomy to employ contemporary work practices in a progressive organisation.

Role responsibilities 

As an Assistant Director Financial Accounting in ASIO, your duties will include:

Undertaking month end processes to deliver internal and external reporting;

Assisting with end of year financial statements including preparation of various financial statement notes and supporting work papers for audit;

Providing financial advice to the organisation;

Undertaking taxation processing and reporting requirements; and

Supervising, guiding and mentoring junior staff within the Finance and Procurement Branch.

Key Attributes

We invite applications from people with the following attributes:

An ability to remain flexible and adaptive in a high-volume work environment;

Demonstrated ability to display sound judgement and to take initiative and responsibility;

Strong written and verbal communication skills and the ability to successfully build and develop relationships with a wide range of stakeholders; and

Demonstrated ability to maintain a focus on client requirements and to produce quality outcomes.


Working towards Certified Practising Account (CPA) or Chartered Accountant (CA)


ASIO provides a number of benefits to its staff including:

a competitive salary, including a 7.5 per cent allowance for maintaining a Positive Vetting security clearance;

employer superannuation contributions of 15.4 per cent;

a variety of leave options, including four weeks annual leave;

flexible working hours/arrangements to assist you to maintain your work-life balance (please note: due to our unique working environment, work from home options are generally not available);

seven staff-led diversity and inclusion networks;

study assistance, including financial support and study leave for tertiary education; and

access to an Employee Assistance Program (EAP).


To be eligible for the role, you must be: 

an Australian citizen.

assessed as suitable to hold and maintain a Positive Vetting security clearance.

ASIO is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment, where all staff are valued and respected. We welcome and value applications from all eligible candidates, irrespective of gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religious affiliation, age or disability. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are encouraged to apply.

Please advise us if you require any additional assistance in order to fully participate in the recruitment process or the workplace.


This position is located in Canberra.

How to apply

Click on ‘Apply online' to commence your application. Your application must be complete and include the following:

a succinct statement of claims up to 800 words (no more than two pages) against the selection criteria, using examples to demonstrate how your skills and experience meet the requirements; and

an up-to-date CV, no more than two pages in length.

All employment decisions and selection processes at ASIO are based on merit principles and candidates must be prepared to undergo various selection stages. 

ASIO holds all employment applications in the strictest of confidence. It is essential that you do the same. Please do not discuss your application with others as doing so may adversely affect your potential employment.

Selection criteria

Referring to ASIO's People Capability Framework (available on the ASIO Careers page) and considering the position description, demonstrate what you bring to the position in relation to the criteria below:

Strategic Thinking

Achieves Results 

Productive Working Relationships 

Personal Drive and Integrity 

Communicates with Influence

Demonstrated skills and experience.

Please note: it is not necessary to address each sub heading of the selection criteria individually in your application.

Closing date and time

Wednesday 8 December at, 5 pm AEDT

Employment conditions

Employment is under the ASIO Act 1979. Conditions of service are similar to those applying in the Australian Public Service. We recognise entitlements accrued under the Public Service Act 1999 and provide for continuation of superannuation under the Commonwealth schemes. Salary packaging arrangements are also available.


If you require further information after reading the selection documentation, please contact ASIO Recruitment at or phone 02 6257 4916.

We thank all applicants for their interest in applying.  In accordance with ASIO policy, we will notify unsuccessful candidates but will not provide feedback on any aspect of the selection process.

More information

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