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Job: Industry Support Officer

Position Details

Position title: Industry Support Officer
Location: Embassy of Australia, Washington DC
LE Level: 4
Position Number: NEW
Status: Full time (37.5 hours per week)
Agency/Branch/Work Unit: Defence/Industry
Salary: $53,380 per annum
Security Assessment: Required*

*Applicants must be Australian or Australian dual nationality citizens to be eligible for engagement. Employment in the advertised position is dependent on the employee holding or obtaining the required level of clearance. Security clearances can take several months to process, and employment cannot be commenced until the required level of clearance is confirmed. There is no guarantee that the successful candidate for the position will be successful in obtaining a clearance. The inability to obtain a clearance prevents that applicant from being employed and loss of a security clearance at any time will lead to termination of employment.

Contact Information

Contact Officer: Specific questions related to the position can be directed to Alex Berger at alexander.berger@defence.gov.au

Read information on Locally-Engaged positions (PDF) and terms and conditions of employment.

Email additional questions to: Recruitment.Washington@dfat.gov.au.

Closing Date

The closing date for receipt of applications for this position is Close of Business on Monday, 29 January 2018 (EST).

Applications received after the closing date will not be considered. If you have not been requested to attend an interview within four weeks of the closing date please assume that your application has not been successful on this occasion.

How to Apply

Carefully read and follow the how to apply instructions outlined on our website.


Please note taxation is a personal responsibility for all Locally Engaged Staff and individuals should confirm their taxation obligations before considering an offer of employment with the Embassy. (More information can be found on Terms and conditions of employment.)

Job Description

The position of Industry Support Officer is located in the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group - Washington (CASG - W) and reports to the Defence Industry Adviser.

The Industry Support Officer provides dedicated administrative and logistical support to the Defence Industry Adviser, and the DEFMAT-W Executive Team, in promoting Australian industry capabilities in North America.

This position is required to interact widely with other elements of the Department of Defence, various agencies of the Embassy of Australia (Washington), Defence industry executives in Australia and US government representatives and other key stakeholders in the US defense industry sector.

The position also provides administrative support to the Defence Industry Adviser, and will assist in the coordination and planning of defence industry related activities across the Branch, and the wider CASG.

Some after-hours work may be required along with some travel to locations outside of the greater Washington DC area.

Duty Statement

The key responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to:

  • Assist the Industry Adviser in their functions by coordinating actions, including  providing administrative support and advice, event coordination, managing records and databases, preparing correspondence and writing business cases for defence industry related activities.
  • Aid in the planning and execution of Australian representation at major industry events, trade exhibitions and specific trade missions within North America.
  • Writing and developing publicly distributed materials on topics related to the US and Australian industry sectors.
  • Support the Minister-Counsellor and Counsellor in special projects and programs as required including providing a daily brief of relevant defence news articles, preparing briefings, presentations and research.
  • Engage with the departmental personnel, industry executives, and State, Territory and Federal Government representatives to assist in promoting Australian industrial capabilities in North America.

Selection Criteria

Candidates must address all selection criteria for applications to be considered.


  • Demonstrated organizational ability and administrative skills with a high level of attention to detail.
  • Well-developed written, oral and interpersonal communication skills, tact and diplomacy.
  • The ability to be relied upon and to contribute effectively as part of a small team.
  • Flexibility, adaptability and an ability to work both independently and as a productive member of a team with minimal guidance, to manage competing priorities and achieve work goals.
  • Experience in operating in a regulatory or government environment.


  • Knowledge of and experience in either the Australian defence industry or US defense industry and the US defense market.
  • Understanding of the 2016 Defence White Paper and the 2016 Defence Industry Policy Statement as it directly impacts industry assistance programs.
  • Acquaintance with regulations including Buy American, Berry Amendment, Australian-US Free Trade Agreement, Australian-US Defence Trade Cooperation Treaty, Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), Defense Federal Acquisition Regulations Supplement (DFARS), and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR).