The Office – who we are

The Office of the Official Secretary to the Governor-General (OOSGG) is a small Commonwealth budget-funded statutory agency with staff located mainly at Government House in Canberra. The Official Secretary leads an organisation committed to identifying and implementing innovative ways to support the Governor-General in carrying out their constitutional, statutory, ceremonial and public duties. 

The Program Unit and Household Operations team – what we do

The Program Unit and Household Operations Team are responsible for devising, planning and executing a meaningful program of community outreach and engagement at Government House Canberra, Admiralty House Sydney, around Australia and overseas. Delivering close to one thousand events annually requires a unique skill set: energy, passion, drive, resilience and a sense of humour!

The Program Unit has recently been restructured to ensure that its significant program of work can be delivered with the appropriate skills and capabilities in line with contemporary community expectations of the Office.

We are seeking a number of talented and creative individuals with experience in events and program delivery to help us achieve our mission. 


Director, Strategic Engagement – GHO8 (EL2 equivalent)
$116,781-$132,389 (plus 15.4% superannuation)

This is a newly created position and offers the opportunity to bring innovative ideas, approaches and strategies to support the delivery of a large program of official events.  Working closely with the Official Secretary and Deputy Official Secretary, the successful candidate will need to demonstrate an ability to lead the Program Unit and the Household Operations Team in planning and delivering highly complex and high value events.

We are looking for a values-driven and imaginative leader with a commitment to helping the Governor-General engage and uplift everyday Australians. A track record in high-level event management, an ability to create and add value and build productive relationships with diverse stakeholders are essential characteristics to succeed in this role.

Our ideal candidate:

  • Will possess a high level of emotional intelligence
  • Have sophisticated interpersonal and representational skills
  • Have 5+ years’ experience in managing or leading a high performing team
  • Experience in protocol or event management is highly desirable
  • Will be available to work after hours and on weekends, and travel domestically and internationally as required

Senior Program/Events Adviser – GHO6 (APS 6 equivalent)
$79,309-$91,045 (plus 17.5% duty allowance and 15.4% superannuation)

OOSGG is looking for an experienced and passionate events manager who wants to make a difference. Working as a senior member of the team the Senior Program/Events Adviser will use their energy and creativity to craft a meaningful program of community events and engagements that matter. This busy and demanding role requires an outgoing personality, energy and a commitment to excellence in program delivery. The Senior Program/Events Adviser will need to be able to build and maintain strong and effective working relationships with stakeholders and organisations and work cohesively as a member of the team.

Our ideal candidate:

  • Will have a high degree of self-awareness
  • Will build, guide and work cohesively and effectively as a member of a team
  • Will possess strong interpersonal and representational skills
  • Possess a strong work ethic and outcomes orientation
  • Have experience in protocol/events management
  • Have the capacity to balance competing demands

Program Adviser – GHO5 (APS 5 equivalent)
$73,430-$77,841 (plus 17.5% duty allowance and 15.4% superannuation)

OOSGG is looking for a motivated events adviser to deliver a diverse and uplifting program of events and engagements. To be successful in this role you will need to be self-starting and committed to creating and delivering great outcomes. The Program Adviser will work as part of a team in delivery of the multitude of official engagements and events organised by the Office.  The role requires someone who is up for a challenge, not afraid of hard work, and who takes pride in the results they achieve.

Our ideal candidate:

  • Will demonstrate self-awareness
  • Will work cohesively and effectively as a member of a team
  • Have good interpersonal and representational skills
  • Have experience in protocol/events management
  • Have the capacity to perform consistently under pressure and meet stringent deadlines
  • Have excellent judgement and problem-solving skills 

 Events Officer – GHO4 (APS 4 equivalent)
$65,832-$71,453 (plus 17.5% duty allowance and 15.4% superannuation)

OOSGG is looking for a talented events officer to support a busy program of official events and engagements. Working as part of a team the Events Officer will support the delivery of program activities and associated administration. The Events Officer will need to be flexible and adaptable and have good interpersonal and liaison skills.

Our ideal candidate:

  • Will show self-awareness
  • Will work cohesively and effectively as a member of a team
  • Be motivated
  • Have solid interpersonal and representational skills
  • Experience in protocol/events management is desirable
  • Have the capacity to contribute to a busy work program


In return we offer a competitive salary (plus 15.4% superannuation), generous leave provisions, and a supportive and flexible working environment.


How to apply

Think you have what it takes to succeed in this role? Well, now is your chance to shine.

Review the position profile on our website.

Email your CV and a brief pitch (be creative) showcasing your claims for this important role (clearly indicating which role(s) you wish to be considered for).

Submissions should be sent to by close of business 31 January 2018. There will be a rigorous selection process including psychometric assessment, interview and testing practical application of skills, to ensure we recruit the ideal candidate. Only Australian citizens are eligible to apply, and the successful candidate will be required to obtain and maintain a security clearance at the Negative Vetting 1 level and undertake a pre-employment medical assessment.


Need assistance?

Please email or call +61 2 6283 3654.
Note: the Office will be closed from COB Friday 22 December 2017 and return on Tuesday 2 January 2018.