Assistant Director, Communications

Department of Parliamentary Services
Closing Date
Thu, 23rd March 2023
Position Type
Full Time

Employment Type: Ongoing

Classification: PEL 1

Closing Date: 11:30pm AEDT, 23 March 2023

Contact: Peter Willimott, (02) 6277 2507,

The Opportunity

The Department of Parliamentary Services (DPS) is recruiting for a PEL 1 Assistant Director, Communications within the Communications and Corporate Relations branch.

We’re looking for a talented and creative communication professional who loves coming up with new ideas and implementing them to make a positive impact on a target audience. Your excellent written and verbal communication skills will be needed to turn your ideas on how to promote the Australian Parliament House into reality. If you’ve had experience conceptualising communication strategies and delivering results based on the strategies, then please read on.

The role is based in Parliament House so you’ll get the unique opportunity to experience firsthand the energy at the place where Australian democracy happens. You’ll be engaging with many people across DPS who ensure the Australian Parliament House operates in an efficient, effective, and safe way. The role is within the department’s Communication and Media team which is responsible for managing the department’s external communication and marketing functions, as well as media and social media, internal communication, and intranet content. 

Who we are looking for

The successful candidate will primarily be responsible for delivering high quality external communication and marketing activities. Tertiary qualifications in a relevant field are essential, as is proven experience over a number of years leading the development and implementation of communication strategies. You’ll also have to demonstrate good judgement and the ability to identify areas of opportunity and risk for the department.

Job Specific Requirements:

The successful applicant will be required to obtain and maintain a Negative Vetting 1 (Confidential/Highly Protected/Secret) security clearance.

At DPS, we acknowledge the value diversity brings. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive workplace that ensures all our people can contribute to our shared purpose. We welcome applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, mature age people, people from diverse backgrounds and people with disability.

Duty Statement

Classification: PEL 1    
Branch: Communications and Corporate Relations   
Section: Communications and Media    
Immediate supervisor: Director Communications

Under limited/general direction undertake duties in accordance with the agreed standards for the PEL 1 classification. The duties will include, but are not limited to, the following:

1.    Identify opportunities to establish strategic partnerships that will result in greater visibility of the tours, exhibitions, artwork and dining options at the Australian Parliament House

2.    Develop and implement communication strategies and campaigns that reflect Department of Parliamentary Services' priorities and strategic themes.

3.    Develop and implement initiatives to increase the organisation’s social media reach in Australia and key overseas markets. 

4.    Compose social media messages, editorial, web content and promotional copy, as well as proofread the work of other team members.

5.    Contribute as required to other work of the communications team.

6.    Support the development and progression of other staff in the team.

7.    Provide advice and recommendations to the Director of the Communications and Media Team.

Employees of DPS are required to be able, and to be seen to be able, to provide professional advice and services to all Senators and Members without favour or prejudice.

How to apply

Please upload a pitch (750 words maximum) describing how your skills and experience would contribute to the role and work of the department. 

Your pitch is an opportunity to tell us why you want to work at DPS, why you are interested in the role and what you can offer in the role. Frame your pitch around the role description and relevant ILS Profile. Make sure to use relevant examples and accomplishments that demonstrate your ability to perform the role. 

Our purpose and values

We proudly provide innovative, unified, and client-focused services to the Australian Parliament and parliamentarians. We are a values driven department, placing our values at the heart of everything we do; from our service offerings and decision making to our interactions with stakeholders and each other.  

Our people are employed in a broad and unique range of professional, customer service and trade-based roles, all joined by a shared purpose: to make an enduring contribution to Australia’s parliamentary democracy. We have an inclusive workplace that reflects the diversity of the community we serve. While we come from all walks of life, we share a commitment to care for and protect our iconic workplace. 

Every year, almost one million people visit Australian Parliament House to experience the parliamentary process, the building’s architecture, nationally significant art collections, events, tours, and food and dining experiences – all made possible by our people, who are active participants in an environment where no two days are the same.

What we can offer

Join our community based on innovative, unified, and client-focused services, where your skills and development will be nurtured. You will also enjoy:  

•    access to flexible work arrangements 
•    ongoing opportunities to learn and develop new capabilities 
•    a competitive remuneration package
•    free secure underground parking
•    free gym membership and access to recreational facilities
•    on-site childcare, banking services, post office, value-for-money dining options and more.


An attractive salary, which could be negotiated with the successful candidate, is on offer.

Conditions of Employment

Employment opportunities at Department of Parliamentary Services are subject to a range of conditions prescribed in the Parliamentary Service Act 1999 which include:

•    Australian citizenship – to be eligible for employment with DPS, applicants must be an Australian Citizen. 

•    Security clearance and character clearance – the preferred applicant will be required to obtain and maintain a security clearance at the level specified, as well as complete and be deemed suitable through a Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check. 

•    Health assessment – a pre-employment health assessment will be required where there are physical or medical requirements for the role. 


Contact: Peter Willimott, (02) 6277 2507,


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