APS Level 5 – Assessment Officer National Health Funding Body Woden ACT $76,009 – $82,200

Job Reference Number 21-ODCDIV-9175
Classification APS Level 5
Job Title Assessment Officer
Division Office of Drug Control
Branch Office of Drug Control
Section Medicinal Cannabis Section
Location Woden, ACT
Status Ongoing
Employment type Full-time
Salary Range $76,009 – $82,200 per annum
Security Clearance Negative vetting level 1 (Secret)
Contact Officer Name: Jessica Robinson
Phone: 02 6289 2386
Email: jessica.robinson@health.gov.au

To be eligible for employment with the Department of Health applicants must be an

Australian citizen at the time an offer of employment is made

An applicant’s suitability for employment with Health will also be assessed through a
variety of pre-employment check processes, such as:

Satisfactory completion of an Australian Federal Police criminal history check,

and where relevant a Working with Children and Vulnerable People Check.
Completion of a medical declaration and pre-employment medical (where

Providing evidence of qualifications.

Division Responsibilities
The Regulatory Practice and Support Division is part of the Health Products Regulation
Group. The division provides operational regulatory policy advice and specific support
services that ensure efficient, best practice regulatory operations.


Branch Responsibilities
The Regulatory Services and Drug Control Branch (RSDCB) is a diverse branch that:

  • regulates the Medical Cannabis Scheme under the ND Act;
  • regulates and provides advice on the import, export and manufacture of controlled


  • undertakes activity-based pricing, regulatory billing and industry assistance, drives

project and change management, manages regulatory decision reviews, and
provides regulatory information assistance.

Section Responsibilities
The Medicinal Cannabis Section (MCS) is responsible for the regulation of the Medicinal
Cannabis Scheme, which provides a licence and permit framework for the cultivation and
production of cannabis for medicinal purposes or research related to medicinal cannabis.
This includes the assessment of applications for cannabis licences or permits and making
decisions to grant such licences.

As the industry is maturing, MCS is developing its compliance team that undertakes
monitoring and compliance activities, including inspections, to ensure licence holders are in
compliance with the associated legislation. MCS engages with state and territory authorities
also engaged in the regulation of medicinal cannabis by chairing the Law Enforcement
Working Group and the Cultivation and Production Working Group.

Key Responsibilities
• Analyse routine information presented as part of licence and permit applications to

determine if applicants have met requirements and are suitable to hold licences
and/or permits under the ND Act.

  • Liaise with licence and permit holders to clarify requirements and design licences

and permits under the ND Act that both satisfy regulatory requirements and support
business needs.

  • Respond to public and industry queries about the medicinal cannabis regulatory

framework via phone and email.

  • Resolve routine queries or other matters related to regulated entities
  • Prepare formal permit and licence documents and detailed recommendations to the

Delegate setting out reasons for decision under the ND Act, often under tight

  • Manage a case load both autonomously and as part of a team.

Key Capabilities
• Undertakes objective, systematic analysis and draws accurate conclusions based on

evidence to develop well-considered recommendations.

  • Commits to achieving quality outcomes and adheres to documentation procedures

in a high pressure environment with critical deadlines

  • Discusses issues credibly and thoughtfully.
  • Is responsive to changes in client and stakeholder needs and expectations.
  • Confidently presents messages in a clear, concise and articulate manner, both

verbally and in written work.

  • Focuses on key points and uses appropriate, unambiguous language.
  • Responds in a positive and flexible manner to change and uncertainty.

Desirable Experience
Experience in a regulatory environment

Application Response
Your application will be assessed on your ability to demonstrate that you possess, or have
the real potential to develop, the required skills, knowledge, experience and qualifications
to perform the role. These requirements are based on the information provided to you as
part of the job advertisement, in line with the APS Work Level Standards.

Applicants are required to provide a statement of claims framed around the key duties and
key capabilities. Your statement of claims should be no more than one page in total with a
font no smaller than size 10. Applications that do not meet these requirements may not
be considered.


Work Environment Description
Responsibilities – As detailed in Section 28 of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 while at
work, a worker must:

  • Take reasonable care for his or her own health and safety
  • Take reasonable care that his or her acts or omissions do not adversely affect the

health and safety of other persons

  • Comply, so far as the worker is reasonably able, with any reasonable instruction that

is given by the person conducting the business or undertaking to allow the person to
comply with this Act

  • Cooperate with any reasonable policy or procedure of the person conducting the

business or undertaking relating to health or safety at the workplace that has been
notified to workers

  • Complete all WHS related induction and training
  • Report all work related incidents and/or illnesses to the WHS Section


Description Requirement Additional Information


1. Computer Use Yes

Description Requirement Additional Information

2. Generic screen based Yes

3. Sitting at desk Yes

4. Standing for long periods No

Manual Handling

5. Lifting 0-15kg Yes

6. Lifting 15 kg + No

7. Climbing No

8. Bending No

9. Squatting No

10. Reaching No

11. Push/pull No

12. Sequential Repetitive No
Movements in short period of time

13. Manual dexterity/manipulation No

Work Environment

14. Work with others towards Yes
shared goals in a team environment

15. Works in isolation from other No
staff (remote supervision)


16. Distance walking (ie: Large No
building or inter-building transit)


17. Works outdoors No

18.Works in a call centre No

19. Works in a customer service No

Tasks Involving

20. Exposure to chemicals No

21. Exposure to biological hazards No

Description Requirement Additional Information

22. Working at heights No

23. Requirement to wear personal No
protective equipment (PPE)

24. Requirement for full Colour No

25. Work with energetics and No

26. Exposure to Petrol, Oil, Lubricant No
Products that may cause
dermatological conditions

27. Exposure to extreme No

28. Confined spaces No

29. Exposure to Non-ionising No

30. Excessive Noise No

31. Low Lighting No

32. Dangerous Goods/ Equipment No

33. Exposure to airborne odours No


34. Frequent travel – Vehicle No

35. Frequent travel – Aeroplane No

36. Frequent travel – Seaborne No

Cyclic Workload

37. Peaks & Troughs No

38. Frequent Overtime No

39. Rostered Shift Work No


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