The Office – who we are

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

The People and Services Branch – what we do

The People and Services Branch provides direct support to the Governor-General through the provision of human resource management, information & communication technology management, property, project management, security and also manages the two official residences.   

The Human Resources Section is responsible for the provision of the full range of human resource services and advice to assist the Office to meet its objectives. The Office has an outsourced payroll function that is coordinated and overseen by the HR team.  The Office currently uses Aurion as its HRMIS. 

We are seeking a dynamic and strategic Human Resources Manager to lead a team committed to the wellbeing and development of our people.

Our ideal candidate

Manager Human Resources – GHO7 (EL1 equivalent)

$101,351-$109,426 (plus 15.4% superannuation)

This is a newly created position and offers the opportunity to bring innovative ideas, approaches and strategies to support the efficient delivery of contemporary human resource practices to the Office. 

The Human Resources Manager will be responsible for the delivery of high quality services and support to managers and staff across the Office. The position also plays a key role in the Office’s agreement making processes, in the development and implementation of new personnel policies and practices, and with coordination of committees established for HR management purposes, i.e. WHS and Workplace Consultative committees.  This position will also provide strategic advice and guidance to senior management on HR matters, enterprise agreement implementation and negotiation and industrial relations issues.

This is a key position within the Office and offers great diversity and challenges for the right applicant.

Our ideal candidate will require:

  • Interpersonal skills of a high order.
  • High level emotional intelligence (self-awareness, empathy, professional maturity).
  • Experience managing/leading a team.
  • Capacity to efficiently manage multiple competing demands
  • Resilience and drive
  • Highly attuned judgement and problem-solving skills.

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 five years.


Demonstrable strategic-level experience in human resources management.  Tertiary qualifications in human resource management or a related field would be an advantage but is not mandatory.

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 on our website.

Email your CV and a brief pitch showcasing your claims for this important role.

Submissions should be sent to by close of business 11 June 2018.

Need assistance?

Please email or call +61 2 6283 3672.


 DUTY STATEMENT - POSITION PROFILE - PN016 GHO7 Manager Human Resources - May 2018