First listed on: 14 January 2021

Compliance and Risk Officer

Sydney Harbour Federation Trust

The Organisation

The Sydney Harbour Federation Trust was created by the Australian Government responsible for vision planning and management of Sydney Harbour sites including Cockatoo Island in Sydney Harbour, Woolwich Dock and Parklands in Woolwich, Sub Base Platypus in Neutral Bay, Georges Heights, Middle Head and Chowder Bay in Mosman, North Head Sanctuary in Manly, Marine Biological Station in Watsons Bay and Macquarie Light Station in Vaucluse.

The Harbour Trust’s vision is to create and share extraordinary places on Sydney Harbour and amplify their stories.

Our mission is to “bring to life our natural and cultural heritage and provide a lasting legacy for all Australians through conservation, remediation and the adaptive reuse of places in our care”.

Sites that were for many years hidden away from public view are now open for all, containing an extraordinary mix of historic buildings, magnificent harbour views, pristine natural landscapes and defence heritage. These public spaces and parklands now offer major events, exhibitions, venue hire, accommodation, tours and business tenancy

The Role

Reporting to the CFO, the role of the Compliance and Risk Officer is to lead the Risk functions of the Harbour Trust including risk management, corporate governance, compliance (including internal controls and fraud) and non-financial audit. The position leads engagement with the Portfolio Audit Committee and Harbour Trust Members and management on risk and compliance matters.  The role champions and supports Harbour Trust values and works across teams in developing and maintaining an ethical and risk aware culture.  The position works closely with the Executive team, procurement officer and WHS Team.

Role Accountabilities:-

  • Maintain knowledge on relevant Commonwealth legislation, Policies and Guidelines and interpret, communicate and manage business implications arising from changes statutory and other changes relevant to the Harbour Trust including in relation to the PGPA Act and associated instruments
  • Lead and implement the Harbour Trust’s risk management approach, including identifying and analysing and managing risk, establishing and maintaining risk systems and process to ensuring compliance with good practice
  • Lead and Implement the Harbour Trust’s compliance framework, including in relation fraud and internal controls, to establish and maintain systems, registers and practices, to meet statutory obligations, including but not limited to the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust Act and the PGPA Act.
  • Lead, together with the executive a risk aware culture and approach consistent with the values and objectives of the Harbour Trust
  • Work with business partners to and teams to implement all aspects of the compliance, risk and internal audit frameworks, including plans, training, monitoring arrangements
  • Lead the internal audit program, including scoping internal audits, oversighting and managing internal audits, and oversighting implementation and reporting on corrective actions arising
  • Manage and maintain all compliance and risk registers
  • Prepare and present relevant risk, compliance and other reports to the Executive, PAC and Board of Trustees, and oversight the preparation of corporate information of inclusion in the Annual Report and Corporate place to ensure compliance with relevant statutory and regulatory frameworks;
  • Maintain and ensure currency of Delegations of Authority;
  • Ensure the company secretarial functions for Harbour Trust philanthropic entities are undertaken

Selection Criteria - Essential:-

  • Experienced compliance/ risk professional, with a good understanding of PGPA Act requirements and context of working as a Corporate Commonwealth Entity
  • Appropriate qualifications in law, risk management, finance or business studies
  • Excellent project management and analytical skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • A strategic mindset, and experience in working collaboratively across teams
  • Experience in preparing wide range of reports and materials for executive decision making

Selection Criteria - Desirable:-

  • Experience in internal audit and working in a regulatory environment
  • Experience and knowledge of Commonwealth Procurement Rules and tender processes
  • Understanding of, and commitment to, the issues relating to the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust.

Australian citizenship or the ability to work in Australia is essential, and a Police Check will be conducted prior to commencement.

This is a contract role offered for an initial 12 month term. Applications close on January 29, 2021 and should be forwarded to  Previous applicants should not apply. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

The Sydney Harbour Federation Trust is an equal opportunities employer and we encourage applications from indigenous Australians, people from non-English speaking backgrounds and people with disabilities. Information about the Harbour Trust can be found at

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