The standard terms and conditions of employment for all ongoing DFAT employees include flexible working hours, a comprehensive superannuation scheme and generous leave provisions, including:
Under the Public Service Act 1999, all employees of the department must be Australian citizens.
Conduct and ethics
Working for the department both in Australia and overseas requires the highest standards of conduct. Exemplary ethical conduct on the part of the department's employees contributes significantly to the standing of the department in Australia and overseas and the overall effectiveness of its work.
Employees are required to uphold the Australian Public Service (APS) Values and comply with the APS Code of Conduct as enshrined in the Public Service Act 1999. Employees also need to comply with the department's Code of Conduct for Overseas Service, which takes account of the particular significance of the department's representational role outside Australia.
Pursuant to Section 22 (6) of the Public Service Act 1999, a security clearance is a condition of employment for employees of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
All employees are required to undergo comprehensive security clearance processing prior to commencement with the department, and every five years thereafter. The department will conduct the security clearance process for successful candidates. Should you be successful in securing a position from this recruitment process you will be required to undergo a security clearance. A face to face interview is a critical part of the security clearance process. This interview will be conducted in Australia, preferably in Canberra. If you reside overseas please be aware that you will be required to travel to Canberra at your own expense to undertake the security interview. Interviews cannot be conducted by video link or Skype.
This process consists of several steps and can take approximately six months to complete. In addition to providing detailed and comprehensive financial, relationship and other information, preferred candidates for vacancies will be required to give their written consent for the department and the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) to conduct their own detailed background checks and enquiries.
If a preferred candidate is not successful in obtaining a security clearance, his/her offer of employment with the department will be withdrawn. Once a person has been appointed to the department, loss of a security clearance at any time will result in the termination of the person's employment.
All employees commencing work in the Australian Public Service must pass a standard medical/fitness examination. Information about this examination will be provided to successful applicants with their commencement papers.
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Training and development
We need staff with comprehensive professional skills and knowledge, strong leadership and management ability, and a high level of integrity and ethical behaviour. We recognise the key role of targeted and effective training in ensuring the high calibre of our staff. This is reflected in our quality training and development program and the integration of training as a key component of our performance management system.
The department's extensive training program includes core competency courses such as speech writing, negotiation skills, budgets and planning and presentation skills. We also run a regular series of in-house seminars on issues in contemporary Australian foreign, trade and consular policy.
Our capacity to speak the languages of our key trading and strategic partners is critical to our success in pursuing Australia's national interests in the international arena. In addition to pre-posting language training, the department offers regular conversation classes in various languages and periodic 'key language' immersion courses for staff.
Training delivery methods are wide-ranging and include a mixture of internal seminars, courses run by external consultants and e-learning.
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