Honours and Awards Manager

Honours and Awards Manager - Duty Statement


About the Office of the Official Secretary to the Governor-General

The Office of the Official Secretary to the Governor-General (OOSGG) is a small Commonwealth budget-funded statutory agency with staff located at Government House, Canberra and Admiralty House, Sydney.  The Official Secretary leads an organisation committed to identifying and implementing innovative ways to support the Governor-General in carrying out his constitutional, statutory, ceremonial and public duties.


As an Office we are driven by Uplifting the Nation and we work hard to maximise the value we contribute to national wellbeing.  We do this by using all resources available to us: our budget; our people; and the goodwill carried forward over time, to have an impact.  We have the energy, drive and creativity of our team, and the public spirit and high standing of the Office in pursuing our work. Our Office values the opportunity it has to contribute towards building a stronger, more resilient and harmonious society. We see our role as imagining new and powerful ways to enhance the impact of the Governor-General’s work.


The Honours and Awards Branch consists of approximately 40 staff and provides the necessary support for the Governor-General to carry out responsibilities relating to the independent administration of the Australian Honours system.  The Secretariat also serves the Council for the Order of Australia, the Australian Bravery Decorations Council and the National Emergency Medal Committee which considers nominations and makes recommendations for awards to the Governor-General.


Our ideal candidate
Honours and Awards Manager – GHO7 (EL1 equivalent)

$103,378-$111,615 (plus 15.4% superannuation)

The role of Manager within the Honours and Awards Branch is to develop and implement work plans that promote and support the strategic direction of the Branch.  The Manager will work collaboratively to provide expertise across a range of activities, including but not limited to; leadership, stakeholder engagement, communication, financial and project management and managing the administration of the honours system.

Our ideal candidate will require:

  • Demonstrated ability to manage staff to perform diverse tasks and build capability in a team environment through coaching, performance feedback and development opportunities.
  • Successful engagements with key stakeholders to identify opportunities to achieve outcomes and promote the Office’s objectives.
  • Ability to drive continuous improvement and service delivery through highly refined research and analytical skills.
  • Proven ability to concisely and articulately communicate complex information to diverse audiences.
  • Experience in fostering a positive and safe workplace culture that achieves and celebrates outcomes.

In return we offer a competitive salary (plus 15.4% superannuation), generous leave provisions, and a supportive and flexible working environment.

Staff of the Office are employed on short or long term contracts; this contract term may be for a period of up to 5 years.



A relevant tertiary qualification and/or experience in a senior advisory, leadership, management or business role is required.

Only Australian citizens are eligible to apply, and the successful candidate will be required to obtain and maintain a security clearance at the Negative Vetting 1 level and undertake a pre-employment medical assessment.


How to apply

Review the position profile and email your CV and a pitch showcasing your claims for this important role.
Submissions should be sent to hr@gg.gov.au by close of business 31 May 2019.


Need assistance?

Please email hr@gg.gov.au or call +61 2 6283 3672.