Staff working at the Office of the IGIS (OIGIS) come from a range of fields – what we share is a strong sense of integrity, a commitment to the principles of accountability and effective oversight, and the desire to work collaboratively in a small independent agency.
As a small team, positions at the OIGIS do not come up often. When there are vacancies, positions are advertised on the APSjobs website and on this page.
Find out more about working in our Office…
“I’ve been with the OIGIS for about 18 months now and am certainly enjoying the role. My background is in investigations and oversight, and that is what drew me to the role in the first place. Once my security clearance came through, the on‑boarding process was smooth and well organised. My induction was a comprehensive and well-structured week, after which I was assigned to one of the oversight teams to undertake a discrete task. This work gave me a good introduction to the agency’s oversight role and its engagement with agencies under jurisdiction. Based upon my previous law enforcement experience, I was selected for a six‑month Immersive Development Placement working in one of the agencies anticipated to come within the Inspector‑General’s jurisdiction. This placement was designed to broaden the OIGIS knowledge of that agency’s intelligence functions and also to introduce that agency to the OIGIS role and our approach to oversight. Since returning from this placement I have been involved mostly in capacity building for the OIGIS’ anticipated future oversight role. This work has involved developing and progressing a structured outreach and engagement program with agencies anticipated to come within jurisdiction. Simultaneously I have been developing a thematic inspection plan for oversight of an aspect of work across all our jurisdiction agencies.”
“Working at the OIGIS has been both rewarding and challenging. The environment in which the Australian Intelligence Community operates is complex; as are the issues of legality and propriety that our office examines. In order to provide accurate, independent and objective advice on these issues I need to be informed and self-critical in my assessments. A normal working week would see me receive briefings on intelligence operations, analyse information provided by intelligence agencies, conduct inspections of agency activities and engage with agency representatives. As a member of a small office I am also able to be closely involved in a variety of other areas of work including recruitment, annual reporting and executive briefings. Throughout my time in the office I have been able and feel encouraged to provide my own unique perspectives on the issues the office examines. Whilst it is necessary that much of the work of the office is classified, it is rewarding to be able to see the positive compliance culture my role helps support within the Intelligence Community.”
- Assistant Director
"Working at the OIGIS is insightful, captivating and interesting. Although a lot of the detail of the work is highly classified, it’s about striking the balance between keeping the Australian Intelligence Community as transparent and accountable as possible, whilst maintaining the appropriate secrecy provisions and respecting the sensitive nature of what those agencies do on a day-to-day basis. Working in an inspections team at the OIGIS allows me to delve into the detail of everyday operational work that AIC agencies undertake. This is both interesting and complex and requires someone with a mixture of analytical, auditing, and investigative skills. The OIGIS is a professional, respectful, and flexible organisation when it comes to both how it treats stakeholders and its staff. I am proud to work for such an office and hope to continue doing so for many years."
- Intelligence Oversight Officer
There are currently no opportunities.
Conditions of employment
The Office of the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security Enterprise Agreement 2020-2023 sets out remuneration and conditions of service for all non-SES employees.
Update: On 9 April 2020 the Government announced its decision to pause general wage increases in Commonwealth agencies for six months. The 2020-2023 Enterprise Agreement for the OIGIS came into effect on 6 May 2020 and remuneration increases are to be averaged across the life of the workplace arrangement as follows:
2.0% 6 months from commencement;
2.0% 12 months from commencement; and
2.0% 24 months from commencement.
- OIGIS Enterprise Agreement 2020-2023 – PDF (475KB) | OIGIS Enterprise Agreement 2020-2023 – RTF (2,598KB)
Senior executive remuneration details are published annually for the previous financial year by 31 July, or as soon as practicable after significant changes to senior executive remuneration occur. View Executive Remuneration Details - PDF 78 KB | View Executive Remuneration Details - XLS 12 KB
APS employee census results
The APS employee census is an annual opinion survey. The Australian Public Service Commission sends it to all APS employees. It collects information on important workforce issues, such as:
- job satisfaction
- employee engagement
- performance management
- general impressions of the APS.