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									                                  POSITION STATEMENT
                                          Position Number: Several
Title                     Media Officer
Classification            APS 6
Branch                    Communications and Government Relations
                          Media and Communications
Section                   Media Team
Location                  Belconnen
                          (The Medicare Australia position will be seconded to the
                          Department of Human Services.)

Role and key accountabilities
Work environment

Medicare Australia is conducting a joint selection process for Media Officer positions in Medicare
Australia and the Department of Human Services.

Medicare Australia’s media and communications functions are run as part of a broader coordinated
team operating from the Department of Human Services. Together the Portfolio Department and
the Portfolio agencies work to improve the development, delivery and co-ordination of social and
health-related services to all Australians.

The media section is a highly pressured environment where timeliness and accuracy are vital, and
flexibility is expected in terms of both tasks and hours of duty.

Successful applicants will work in the Department of Human Services Media and Communications
Branch and will be working on either Medicare Australia or Department of Human Services
portfolio media activities.

The Media Officer’s role is crucial to the effective management of the Department of Human
Services portfolio wide engagement with the media. You will be part of a team responding to and
engaging with journalists and media organisations. You will also contribute to the broader
communications activities of the portfolio.

Key accountabilities
1.      Monitoring and analysing media reportage and managing any issues arising
2.      Fielding and responding to inquiries from national, regional and specialist media
3.      Work closely with business areas in order to craft responses to media inquiries in a timely
        and effective manner
4.      Identifying and developing media opportunities to promote Medicare Australia and the
        Department of Human Services
5.      Supporting the Minister’s office, the organisation’s Executive and spokespersons in their
        dealings with the media
6.      Work with counterparts in relevant agencies on cross-marketing and promotional activities
Capability-based selection criteria
At Medicare Australia our aim is to deliver great service to the Australian people. Our core
capability - Exemplifies Great Service supports this objective.

In addition to our core capability, there are a number of other essential capabilities (skills and
personal qualities) needed for this position, detailed below.

Exemplifies Great Service

   makes it easy for their customers
   gets it right
   is genuinely interested in their customers
Shapes strategic thinking
   Harnesses information and opportunities by using expertise to analyse what information is
    important and how it should be used.

Achieves results
   Ensures closure and delivers on intended results by seeing projects/tasks through to

Cultivates productive working relationships
   Nurtures internal and external relationships by building and sustaining positive relationships
    with team members, stakeholders and clients

Exemplifies personal drive and integrity
   Commits to action by taking personal responsibility for meeting objectives and progressing
Communicates with influence
   Communicates clearly by selecting the most appropriate medium for conveying information and
    structures written and oral communication to ensure clarity.

Desirable skills/qualifications
   Experience dealing regularly with journalists and media organisations including a sound
    knowledge of Australian media operations and protocols.

Mandatory skills/qualifications

   Degree or diploma from recognised tertiary institution, preferably in communications or a
    related discipline OR significant experience in a key media/communications role.
Applying for a job with Medicare Australia is easy
Information regarding eligibility and how to apply for these positions can be obtained from the Applicant
Information Kit.

Medicare Australia uses behavioural assessment techniques to assess the suitability of candidates. This
may include an assessment of motivational fit which may encompass job, organisation or location fit.
Organisational fit will have particular regard to the Medicare Australia Values. Candidates should also
familiarise themselves with the APS Values.

When you write your application, make sure that you take both the capability requirements and the role and
job accountabilities into account (you are not necessarily required to address these individually unless you
wish to do so). The best way to achieve this is to provide examples of your work that broadly shows how you
meet the overall needs of the job in no more than 3 pages. Refer to our website for more information on How
to Apply.

You can read more about Medicare Australia’s Capability Framework on our website.

When applying for positions with Medicare Australia you should declare if you have been investigated for
alleged breaches of the APS Code of Conduct in the last five years. This question may also be asked of your
referees prior to completion of the selection process.

Want to know more?

You can find out more about this job by phoning Stephen Dangaard on (02) 62728763

Further information about Medicare Australia and the Department of Human Services can be obtained at or

How to apply:

Applicants should indicate in their application if they have a particular preference for being employed by
either Medicare Australia or Department of Human Services.

Forward your application via email to

Medicare Australia prefers to receive applications via email, however postal applications will be accepted,
and can be forwarded to:

Lyn Maclay
Medicare Australia
P.O. Box 1001
Tuggeranong DC ACT 2901

                               Applications close – 28 May 2009

Conditions of employment
The remuneration and conditions of employment will be determined in accordance with either Medicare
Australia's Collective Agreement or the Department of Human Services’ Collective Agreement

These positions are ongoing and will be offered to the successful candidate on a full time basis. An order of
merit will be established and may be drawn on for future vacancies in both Medicare Australia and
Department of Human Services.

New Australian Public Service (APS) employees will be subject to a character clearance, health assessment
and probationary period.

As part of its commitment to providing greater customer access, Medicare Australia has flexible working
hours that may include evening and Saturday duty in some work areas. Accordingly, candidates are strongly
encouraged to discuss this aspect of the vacancy with the Contact Officer.

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