First Assistant Secretary – Interim First Nations Aged Care Commissioner (Affirmative Measures – Indigenous)

Department of Health and Aged Care

The Department of Health and Aged Care (the Department) is seeking a talented and experienced First Nations person to foster and promote culturally safe, aged care for First Nations peoples across the country. The interim First Nations Aged Care Commissioner (the Commissioner) will ensure the voices of First Nations peoples and providers are heard and acted on. The successful candidate will consult widely with First Nations peoples and stakeholders about their care and support needs, work to break down silos between care and support systems and ensure First Nations peoples have a trusted source of information about the aged care system and its efficacy for older First Nations peoples. The Commissioner will review the impact of the Commonwealth’s aged care reforms on First Nations peoples, including the availability of culturally safe aged care services for First Nations elders. In the early stages, the interim Commissioner will also engage with First Nations peoples on the functions, powers and responsibilities of a permanent Commissioner.

The Commissioner must be able to develop and lead a team and stakeholders to achieve a strategic vision, establish and maintain strong relationships with key stakeholders and lead complex change processes.

To be a strong contender for this important and challenging role you will need to be forward-thinking, self-motivated, resilient, and adept at building relationships in a large, complex, and fast-paced environment. Your strong leadership credentials and ability to engender trust and respect will be complemented by sound judgement, a strong focus on results and the ability to resolve complex issues in a public sector context, including by winning support, marshalling resources and leveraging relationships.

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