Advisor, Security Impact - CSIRO - GovernmentCareer - Federal

First listed on: 14 October 2021

Advisor, Security Impact


The Opportunity

  • Utilise your expertise in operational security 
  • Help shape & remodel personnel and protective security processes at CSIRO 
  • Apply today to join Australia's National Science?Agency! 

The Senior Advisor – Impact will join CSIRO Security and Resilience who are responsible for the protection of CSIRO’s people, assets and information against a range of threats, including foreign interference in accordance with the Australian Government Protective Security Policy Framework.  

As the Advisor, Security Impact you will have the opportunity to work with stakeholders across CSIRO to ensure that our security practices make a difference, enabling our science. 

As the successful candidate you will work on initiatives such as determining the need for a security investigations capability, the change program for security culture uplift, and assisting to refresh the due diligence process. 

This is a security assessed position. To be eligible you must hold an Australian Citizenship and be willing and able to meet Negative Vetting Level 2 Security requirements. 

Your duties will include:

  • Provide advice on security policy and staff applications, requiring access to personal and commercially sensitive information.  
  • Represent CSIRO externally within the security sector.
  • Communicate openly, effectively and respectfully with all staff, clients and suppliers in the interests of good business practice, collaboration and enhancement of CSIRO’s reputation. 
  • Guide and influence managers by recognising the need for change in initiating innovative solutions/proposals, and liaise with and influence related professions to develop practices, which support the Business Unit.  
  • Autonomously use your expertise to be responsible for a number of smaller projects, with independence of action within your own function, achieving results through the use and allocation of available resources, within constraints laid down by managers. (Including responsibility for results)  
  • Assist in change management tasks relating to the CSIRO Security Culture uplift. 
  • Assist in designing, and set up an investigations capability as determined, and run this to the satisfaction of stakeholders. 
  • Liaise with stakeholders across CSIRO to determine their due diligence and investigations -related needs, tailoring solutions to potentially conflicting requirements, taking personal responsibility for stakeholder satisfaction, and correcting problems promptly and in a constructive manner. 

Location: Canberra
Salary: AU$100k - AU$108k plus up to 15.4% superannuation (Pro-Rata for Part Time)
Tenure: Indefinite
Reference: 78741

To be considered you will need:

  • Proven ability to run analysis, investigations or due diligence research, tailoring output to the needs of government stakeholders, and handling personal and sensitive information appropriately.  
  • Excellent stakeholder engagement, including negotiating key outcomes, and providing persuasive advice in the face of divergent views while maintaining strong relationships within the agency and across Government.  
  • Demonstrated ability to influence strategic direction and translate strategic direction into effective operational action.  
  • Demonstrated ability to foster trust and encourage new ideas in a diverse team environment, including supporting the development of emerging skills.  
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with the ability to communicate effectively to both technical and non-technical audiences.  

For full details about this role please review the Position Description


This is a security assessed position. To be eligible you must hold an Australian Citizenship and be willing and able to meet Negative Vetting Level 2 Security requirements. 

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. 

Diversity and Inclusion

We are working hard to recruit people representing the diversity across our society, and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish. 


At CSIRO Australia's national science agency, we solve the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology. We put the safety and wellbeing of our people above all else and earn trust everywhere because we only deal in facts. We collaborate widely and generously and deliver solutions with real impact. 

Join us and start creating tomorrow today!

How to Apply

Please apply on-line and provide a cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role.

Applications Close

25 October 2021, 11:00pm AEST