Vacancy: Assistant Director, Risk & Assurance

Classification: EL 1
Direct Reports: TBC
Reports to: Director

Position Purpose

As the Assistant Director, Risk and Assurance, you will provide assistance to the Director, Risk and Assurance, to identify, capture, monitor  and report on current and emerging program and project risks that may materially impact upon the Agency or the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

The position is responsible for identifying linkages between the Agency’s wide range of program and project activities and the Agency’s strategic risk profile.  You will work in partnership with a number of internal stakeholders, including project business sponsors and project managers, to assist in driving and embedding a risk management culture across the Agency’s program and project management processes.

The successful applicant should have a demonstrated capacity to develop and maintain productive working relationships with others and have a track record in working collaboratively with other agencies.  They will have the ability to link program and project risk to strategic risk, and experience in working across the broad range of risk management activities. A good understanding of business delivery design and project delivery would be advantageous.


As the Assistant Director, Risk and Assurance you will be responsible for a number of tasks, including:

  • assisting the implementation of the Agency’s Risk Management Framework, specifically relating to the interdependence between strategic, program and project risks
  • analysing, collating and providing program and project risk reports for a number of the Agency’s governance committees
  • reporting on program and project risks that may materially impact upon the Agency’s strategic risks
  • working with various internal stakeholders, particularly the Agency’s Enterprise Project Management Office and project managers, to identify program and project risks and relevant treatment strategies
  • administering and maintaining a central program and project risk register
  • a demonstrated ability to communicate with staff at all levels and to interpret and advise on complex and often sensitive issues
  • a good knowledge and experience of risk management principles and guidelines
  • the discretion to manage confidential and sensitive information appropriately
  • proven negotiation and influencing skills.
  • Supervision/coaching experience.
  • Leadership skills consistent with values contained in the NDIS Act 2013, NDIS Rules and the NDIA Values, Capabilities and Behaviours.
  • Ability to lead a multi-disciplinary team, including developing staff and managing performance, and adapt quickly to a changing environment.
  • Positive contemporary attitudes to people with disability.
  • High level understanding and knowledge of disability, and its impact on individuals.
  • Experience with supporting people with a disability to maximise participation in the community.
  • High level of competency in consistently applying assessment tools to identify support needs.
  • Competency with IT systems.
  • Work closely across teams (within the region or nationally) to manage service delivery performance.
  • Work closely with peers and teams to provide expertise and assistance on complex matters.
  • Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills to develop and maintain networks.
  • Able to negotiate effectively by listening differing ideas and views to develop a clear understanding of the issues, and to present persuasive counter-arguments.
  • Ability to manage service delivery performance.
  • Ability to manage confidential and sensitive information.
  • Highly developed ability to synthesise and analyse complex information and make decisions.
  • Ability to respond to and prioritise competing and often urgent requests in a calm and efficient manner while also maintaining high work standards and accuracy.

Skills and Personal Attributes


Contemporary attitude to Disability




Service Orientation

Main Relationships

The successful applicant will represent the Risk and Assurance Director from time to time in dealings with the Agency’s Assurance, Audit and Risk Committee.   They will also represent the Risk and Assurance Team in dealings with other internal stakeholders.


The successful applicant will have demonstrated sound experience in a related discipline.

Relevant tertiary qualifications and membership of appropriate professional organisations are highly desirable.

Entry Level checks will be required for all successful candidates and dependent on the role the appropriate working with children and/or vulnerable people checks may need to be undertaken as per State Legislation.


Apply through the NDIS website here.