Australia: APS Level 5 – Policy Officer, Office of Drug Control National Health Funding Body Woden ACT

Job Reference Number 21-ODCDIV-8006

Classification APS Level 5

Job Title Policy Officer

Division Office of Drug Control Division

Branch Office of Drug Control Branch

Section Drug Control Section

Location Woden, ACT

Status Ongoing

Employment type Full-time

Salary Range $76,009 – $82,200

Security Clearance Baseline (Protected, Highly Protected, Restricted, Confidential)

Contact Officer Name: Darren Jones
Phone: (02) 6289 3408
Email: [email protected]


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 Health Products Regulation Group supports timely access to products that will help

achieve better health and wellbeing, whilst checking that these products do not themselves

put Australians’ health and safety at risk. We achieve this through regulation of therapeutic

goods and certain controlled drugs and drug substances. This applies to all such goods

exported, imported, supplied and manufactured in Australia.

Branch Responsibilities

The Office of Drug Control (ODC) regulates and provides advice on the import, export and

manufacture of controlled drugs, as well as the cultivation of cannabis for medicinal

purposes to support Australia’s obligations under International Drug Conventions.


ODC provides advice regarding travelling with controlled drugs, reports on activities to the

International Narcotic Control Board (INCB), applies amendments to international drug

controls in Australia and ensures Australians have access to essential medication. With

respect to cannabis cultivation, ODC is the ‘single agency’ required under the Single

Convention on Narcotic Drugs 1961, the controlling international treaty administered by the

United Nations.


Section Responsibilities

The Drug Control Section administers a legislatively-based control regime for licit drugs

covering border controls, manufacture and international reporting.


The section is responsible for granting permits and licenses that authorise the import and

export of certain narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances, precursor chemicals, and

anabolic/ androgenic substances controlled under the Customs (Prohibited Imports)

Regulations and Customs (Prohibited Exports) Regulations.


The section also collects data relating to manufacture and consumption of internationally

controlled substances to meet Australia’s obligations to the United Nations International

Narcotics Control Board.


Key Responsibilities

Compile and analyse data reports on Australia’s drug import, export and

manufacture activities. 

Build and sustain relationships with manufacture licence holders, state governments,

other Commonwealth stakeholders and the International Narcotics Control Board

(INCB) to ensure periodic reports are submitted within specified time periods. 

Collate and monitor data on narcotic drugs and medicinal cannabis. 

Develop guidance material and contribute to policy documents. 

Manage complex relationships with internal and external stakeholders. 

Work independently to manage the workflow and priorities of your immediate work



Key Capabilities

Self-motivated and possess the ability to complete complex tasks with little

supervision 

Sound attention to detail and ability to produce accurate work on time 

Ability to work in a fast paced work environment 

High proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, in particular Excel 

Ability to quickly become adept at using unfamiliar computer programs


Application Response (Single page application)

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 No

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 Yes

38. Frequent Overtime No

39. Rostered Shift Work No

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