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First Assistant Director-General - Various Roles
Leadership in ASIO
Ongoing - Permanent

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 has First Assistant Director-General (FADG – SES Band 2 equivalent) roles in Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne. We are seeking to fill immediate vacancies in Sydney and Canberra outlined below. ASIO will also establish a merit pool through this process for other FADG roles in all three locations requiring similar capabilities and attributes, with differing functional experience and expertise.

First Assistant Director-General in ASIO

As an integral part of the Senior Leadership team, you will work closely with the Director-General, Executive, and external partners and stakeholders to deliver outcomes consistent with the Organisation's practices and values.

You will:

•             Lead and inspire large multi-disciplinary teams to provide high quality intelligence, security, enterprise and capability outcomes;

•             Actively contribute to and champion ASIO's purpose, key priorities and enablers as reflected in the ASIO Corporate Plan 2020-24;

•             Lead ASIO's contribution to broader priorities of the National Intelligence Community, Home Affairs Portfolio and Australian Government;

•             Provide timely and influential advice to the Minister and ASIO's Executive;

•             Demonstrate core capabilities to successfully operate and evolve in changing contexts to address complex challenges, and continuously adapt and learn new skills; and

•             Demonstrate and promote ASIO's Leadership Behaviours.

FADG Human Intelligence and Operational Assurance Division – Sydney based

ASIO is seeking to immediately fill the role as head of ASIO's Human Intelligence (HUMINT) and Operational Assurance Division, responsible for:

•             Leading HUMINT Capability & Operational Assurance Division to deliver operational outcomes and mission effect to counter-terrorism, espionage and foreign interference;

•             Advancing the professionalisation and future proofing of ASIO's HUMINT workforce and driving the uplift of ASIO's HUMINT tradecraft and capability; and

•             Leading best practice operational advice and assurance across ASIO's HUMINT and technical operations to optimise intelligence and compliance outcomes.

This role also serves as the Director-General's Senior Representative for the North Region (New South Wales, Queensland and Northern Territory) and is the State Manager NSW. In this capacity, the role is responsible for:

•             Leading ASIO's NSW office comprising staff from a range of business areas who report within their national teams;

•             Providing overarching stewardship to ASIO State and Territory Offices in the region; and

•             Representing the Director-General and ASIO across the North region with key interlocutors across government, academia, industry and other partners to ensure ASIO has impact and influence, capitalises on opportunities and is positioned to deliver critical intelligence or security outcomes through our partnerships.

FADG Enterprise Services Division – Canberra based

ASIO is seeking to immediately fill the role as head of ASIO's Enterprise Services Division responsible for the achievement of enterprise service and advisory outcomes including:

•             Within the context of the strategic workforce planning, successful recruitment and onboarding of new staff, adoption of contemporary performance management and development frameworks, and development and delivery of a diverse learning and development curriculum to optimise retention, foster talent and deliver a diverse and highly capable workforce;

•             Development, application and continuous uplift of policies and practices to safeguard the physical and psychological safety and wellbeing of staff;

•             Planning and delivery of ASIO's internal security services – personal, physical and cyber – to harden the threat environment and protect the organisation's people, assets and capabilities from threats to security, by insiders or adversaries;

•             Alignment of the Organisation's financial resources to Corporate Plan priorities and ensure the sustainability of capability and operational outcomes;

•             Integrated program and project management support and oversight to ensure the Organisation realises business benefit from major capability and procurement activities; and

•             Whole of life planning and management to operate and maintain a range of facilities supporting the unique and varied needs of the Organisation.

Key attributes

We invite applications from candidates with the following attributes:

•             Demonstrated experience successfully leading large, multidisciplinary teams to deliver high quality operational outcomes in a complex and ever-changing security and geo-political environment.

•             Exceptional communication skills to drive your team and engage with stakeholders across the Organisation to deliver against ASIO's mission and enterprise-critical outcomes.

•             Exceptional representational skills to build strategic partnerships across the public and private sectors to ensure ASIO is connected, shapes and shares in mutual benefit, and delivers impact and influence.

•             Proven ability to prioritise and continuously adapt to deliver results in a dynamic, high-pressure and challenging environment.

•             Ability to establish and maintain strategic partnerships across national and international agencies, broader government and the private sector, and make decisions in the best interests of ASIO as a whole.

•             Ability to lead and uplift capability.

•             Appreciation of the legal frameworks relevant to working in Government and the National Intelligence Community.


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).


An attractive executive salary plus vehicle allowance and superannuation will be available to the successful applicants.


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.

Closing date and time

Monday, 6 December 2021 at, 5.00 pm AEDT.


Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne

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 1,000 words against the selection criteria, using examples to demonstrate how your skills and experience meet the requirements for the SES Band 2 level in ASIO.

•             An up-to-date CV, no more than two pages in length, highlighting relevant intelligence and leadership experience.

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

In considering applicants, ASIO will seek evidence of performance and success. Please address your application against the following criteria and your proven leadership and relevant experience.

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

Shape Strategic Thinking

Relevant capabilities and behaviours:

•             Inspires a sense of purpose and direction

•             Focuses strategically

•             Harness information and opportunities

•             Shows judgement, intelligence and common sense

Achieve Results

Relevant capabilities and behaviours:

•             Builds organisational capability and responsiveness

•             Marshals professional expertise

•             Steers and implements change and deals with uncertainty

•             Ensures closure and delivery of intended results

Exemplify Personal Drive and Integrity

Relevant capabilities and behaviours:

•             Professionalism and probity

•             Engages with risk and shows personal courage

•             Commits to action

•             Displays resilience

•             Demonstrate self-awareness

•             Commitment to personal development

Cultivate Productive Working Relationships

Relevant capabilities and behaviours:

•             Nurtures internal and external relationships

•             Facilitates co-operation and partnerships

•             Values differences and diversity

•             Guides, mentors and develops people

Communicate with Influence

Relevant capabilities and behaviours:

 •             Communicates clearly

 •             Listens, understands and adapts to different audiences

 •             Negotiates persuasively

 Promote a Security Culture

 Relevant capabilities and behaviours:

 •             Shaping security solutions

 •             Identifies security situations that require escalation beyond ASIO

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.


Beaumont&Beaumont has been engaged by ASIO to assist with this recruitment process.

If, after reading the selection documentation, you require further information please contact Jonathan Beaumont, Director on 02 6126 4500. All enquiries will be held in the strictest of confidence.

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