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Administrative Assistant (Indigenous Identified Position)

Administrative Assistant (Indigenous Identified Position)

  • 553582
  • Canberra / ACT, ACT, Australia, 2601
  • Fixed Term
  • Closing at: Jan 10 2024 at 23:55 AEDT

Classification: ANU Officer 3 (Indigenous Identified position)
Salary package: $63,199 - $69,703 per annum plus 17% superannuation
Term: Full time, Fixed term (up to 12 months)
(Flexible arrangements/part-time hours may be considered)

  • Establish Cybernetics in Australia and activate it for national capability building.
  • Build a strong, diverse culture for an impact-oriented school of the scale to support ANU and the nation.
  • Access to employee benefits, including cultural leave and flexible working arrangements
  • A structured development program providing experience with a large employer and the ability to grow your career.
  • Building professional skills with training to suit different learning styles, such as on the job and in a classroom.
  • Access to mentoring, peer networks and career support.

At the Australian National University, we proudly acknowledge and pay respect to the Traditional Owners of the lands on which our campuses are located, the Ngunnawal and Ngambri peoples. We recognise the rich cultural history of the grounds and strive to honour the Indigenous heritage through various initiatives and programs.

The University fosters inclusivity and cultural awareness, and by joining our Career Entry program, you will experience firsthand our dedication to supporting our staff and students, celebrating diversity, and ensuring equal opportunities for all. ANU is widely recognised for its academic excellence, research advancements, and contribution to society.

About the College

The ANU by 2025 Strategic Plan calls for the University to serve society through transformational research and education. As one of the great universities of the world, ANU is driven by a culture of excellence in everything we do. Our lived experience is increasingly one of large-scale systems of people, whose actions and interactions are influenced by our digital, physical and biological environment. The ANU College of Engineering, Computing and Cybernetics (CECC) hosts three of the key disciplines necessary to help us design, build, regulate and secure the future. 

CECC brings together expertise in social, technical, computational, ecological and scientific systems to build a new approach to systems design and build new national capabilities in data-driven policy and business development. The work we do in the College directly supports one of the four pillars of ANU by 2025: to strengthen our national mission and meet our unique responsibilities as Australia’s national university. We will deliver on our mission by building a strong community, providing transformative educational experiences, conducting high-impact research, seeking meaningful engagement, and becoming a resilient organisation. 

We welcome and openly acknowledge differences in expertise, research/education /professional focus, experience and perspective.

Located within the College of Engineering, Computing and Cybernetics (CECC), the ANU School of Cybernetics is focused on establishing Cybernetics as an essential tool for navigating major societal transformations through capability building, policy development and safe, sustainable, and responsible approaches to new systems. The School of Cybernetics is creatively and collaboratively creating new knowledge, learning experiences and engagement opportunities.

The School of Cybernetics is the first new school established at the ANU in the 21st Century. The School will build on the foundational work of the Autonomy, Agency and Assurance Innovation Institute (3Ai), and also develop capacity in systems and design. Cybernetics is at the heart of the work of the school as a tool that sparks new ways of thinking and possibilities for the future. We focus on systems as a unit of analysis and driver of action for industries working with complexity, and we are generating new approaches to shape the future through and with technology. The school creates programs that blend education, research and engagement, giving staff the opportunity to create new ways of working, to imagine something different, built on a diverse, inclusive culture.

About the Opportunity

This position is a 12-month fixed-term appointment for an emerging or established Indigenous professional looking to start their career or take on a new, exciting journey, through a unique combination of valuable, practical work experience and quality education. 

This position will undertake rotation within the School to facilitate a breadth of experience across administration, marketing, communications and project work. This will support the facilitation of a diverse skill set, enhance capability development and enable the incumbent to identify a possible career pathway within the ANU. The School will provide access to an Indigenous mentor and culturally appropriate support and opportunities for growth and development.  

We will work with you to discover the best fit for you. Some examples of common responsibilities may include:

  • Connecting with staff and responding to queries by phone, email or face-to-face,
  • Providing a range of general support services to assist the function and clients across the College and broader University.
  • Supporting improvement projects or events within the College.

To see how the ANU is working to be an employer of choice for First Nations communities, click here.

We are looking for the following attributes, however you do not need to meet every criteria in order to apply:

  • Strong organisational and multitasking skills.
  • Independence, initiative and motivation.
  • Effective communication, both written and verbal.
  • A collaborative team player with strong interpersonal skills.


To enquire about this role, please contact Sharon Lopez, Operational Excellence Lead E: 

Our commitment to diversity, belonging, inclusion and equity

ANU is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community, and particularly welcomes applications from women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and candidates from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Furthermore, it is practice in the ANU College of Engineering, Computing and Cybernetics to actively seek a gender mix of shortlisted candidates for interview. For more information about staff equity at ANU, visit   

We welcome and develop diversity of backgrounds, experiences and ideas and encourage applications from individuals who may have had non-traditional career paths, who may have taken a career break, had career disruptions or who have achieved excellence in careers outside of the higher education sector. We support applicants who require flexible arrangements in their work environments or patterns. If your experience looks a little different to what we have described, but you are passionate and motivated by this position, we welcome your enquiry and application. 

What we offer

The ANU provides attractive benefits and excellent support to maintain a healthy work/life balance and offers generous remuneration benefits, including four weeks paid vacation per year, assistance with relocation expenses and 17% employer contribution to superannuation. We also offer generous parental leave, the possibility of flexible and part time working arrangements, a parental and aged care support program, dual career hire programs, staff and family tuition fee discounts, ANU school holiday programs, and childcare facilities on campus. For more information, visit:  

How to apply

Applicants must apply online via the ANU recruitment portal and should upload the following separate documents: 

  • A current curriculum vitae (CV), and
  • A cover letter outlining your interest and experience, no more than two pages.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to a 30 minute interview and will be asked to provide a written response to a case study.

If you require adjustments to participate in any of the above assessments, please contact our recruitment team at E:

Any adjustment request or the disclosure of disability will not be communicated to the selection committee without the candidates’ consent and it will not have any bearing on hiring decisions.

This is an identified First Nations position under special measures provisions. To be eligible for this position, applicants must identify as First Nations (Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander). 

Please Note: The successful applicant must have rights to live and work in this country and will be required to undergo a background check during the recruitment process. An offer of employment is conditional on satisfactory results.


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