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.

About the work area

The Senior Media and Communications Adviser, under the direction of the Deputy Official Secretary, provides advice and support for the Office of the Official Secretary to the Governor-General in relation to media and topical issues. The position also manages and updates the Government House website on a daily basis, through the provision of timely information and photographs. The Senior Media and Communications Adviser will work closely with the media, representatives of host organisations and members of the community in the provision of information regarding the Governor-General’s program.

Applicants must be prepared to travel extensively including working on public holidays and weekends as required. 

Our ideal candidate
Senior Media & Communications Adviser – GHO6 (APS6 equivalent)

$79,309-$91,045 (plus 17.5% duty allowance and 15.4% superannuation)

The Senior Media and Communications Adviser will provide expert advice to the Governor-General, the Official Secretary and the Deputy Official Secretary on external and internal communications matters including media relations, publicity, online content and social media. 

Our ideal candidate will require:

  • Interpersonal skills of a high order.
  • High level emotional intelligence (self-awareness, empathy, professional maturity).
  • Demonstrated ability to build relationships and to communicate effectively.
  • High standard of personal presentation.
  • Resilience and drive.
  • Highly attuned judgement; tact, diplomacy and discretion.

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

Staff of the Office are employed on short or long term contracts; this contract term may be for a period of up to twelve months.


Demonstrable high level strategic communications skills.  Experience and credibility as a journalist, public affairs specialist or media or communications adviser.

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.

How to apply

Review the position profile and email your CV and a creative pitch showcasing your claims for this important role.
Submissions should be sent to by close of business 24 August 2018.

PN140 GHO6 Senior Media Communications Adviser August 2018 

Need assistance?

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