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Psychologist (AE5)

  • : Australian Security Intelligence Organisation
  • : 06-Aug-2020
  • : City ACT 2601
The Opportunity
Are you a Psychologist looking to apply your talent and skills in a unique way? Do you want a role that meaningfully contributes to something greater? Have you considered working for the nation's security service?
The Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) performs its role of providing advice to the Australian Government to protect Australia, its people and interests, in a complex and ever-changing environment. 
We are currently recruiting Clinical, Forensic and Organisational Psychologists to join our Psychology team in Canberra. This is an opportunity for highly capable, dedicated, adaptable and resilient individuals to develop their career within a dynamic and supportive environment. Focus areas are varied, including undertaking psychological assessments, providing psychological advice in support of the selection and assessment of applicants to ASIO, and supporting training and development to the Organisation.
Early career Psychologists and recent Graduates are encouraged to apply.
You will work in a multi-disciplinary team including dedicated Psychological staff to provide services to ASIO as an Organisation. Collaborative in your approach, you will share your knowledge and expertise to achieve excellence in delivery of psychological services.
As a Psychologist within ASIO you will deliver psychological services using your analytical, assessment and psychological risk knowledge. Your workload may include conducting psychological assessments, developing psychological advice in recruitment and support of the selection of applicants to ASIO, assessment and case management of counter intelligence risk, and/or delivery of health services including training and employee assistance programs to support and develop ASIO's workforce. These skills will be critical to supporting organisational security and the ASIO mission of identifying and investigating security threats to protect Australia.
You will be able to demonstrate excellent ethical boundaries, sound judgement, effective communication, adaptability and the ability to build effective relationships. Some domestic travel may be required, dependent on the role of the successful applicant. 
Suitable applicants will have a combination of the competencies noted below and will be able to demonstrate this within their application:
- Personal resilience;
Attention to detail;
Policy making and interpretation;
Problem solving;
Independent judgement and decision-making; and
Role Responsibilities:
As an AE5 psychologist, you will be working on some or all of the following:
Perform a range of psychological assessments using case formulation methodology;
Provide staff counselling;
Undertake research and project work;
Build and sustain relationships with internal and external stakeholders;
Provide other services and specialist input to the organisation on psychological issues; and
Support the development and delivery of training programs.
Key attributes:
Successful candidates will possess:
Demonstrated experience in assessment and case formulation in an evidence-based practice framework;
Demonstrated ability to communicate psychological opinions and advice in support of organisational functions;
Strong communication and interpersonal skills both verbal and written; and
Well-developed collaboration skills and a demonstrated ability to work well in a team.
Essential Qualifications:
Master's degree or equivalent in Clinical, Forensic or Organisational Psychology;
0-2 years post-registration experience; 
Unconditional registration with the Psychology Board of Australia (PBA); and
Eligibility for membership with the Australian Psychological Society.
ASIO provides a number of benefits to its staff including:
A competitive salary, including a 7.5 per cent allowance to compensate for the inconveniences of maintain your security clearance and working in a secure environment;
Employer superannuation contributions of 15.4 per cent;
An ‘if not, why not?' approach to flexible working arrangements for all job roles;
Six staff-led diversity and inclusion networks;
Study assistance, including financial support and study leave for tertiary education;
Access to an Employee Assistance Program (EAP);
4 weeks annual leave per year; and
A variety of leave options to assist maintain your work-life balance and more.
In addition to your salary, remuneration includes superannuation of 15.4%, ongoing professional development, payment of professional registration fees and Australian Psychological Society (APS) membership.
Selection Criteria
With reference to the ASIO Capability Framework (available on the ASIO Careers page) and with consideration to the competencies, role responsibilities and key attributes listed above, demonstrate what you bring to the position.
To be eligible for the role, you must be: 
- An Australian citizen; and
- Assessed as suitable to hold and maintain a Positive Vetting security clearance.
ASIO is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment, where all staff are valued and respected, in order to build a highly capable, innovative and adaptive workforce to achieve our purpose. We welcome and value applications from all eligible candidates irrespective of gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religious affiliation, age or disability. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply.
Please advise us if you require any additional assistance in order to fully participate in the recruitment process or the workplace.
How to apply
Your application must be complete and include the following:
- A succinct statement of claims against the selection criteria (500 words) addressing the selection criteria and demonstrating how your skills and experience meet the requirements for the level you wish to be considered for. If you wish to be considered for multiple levels please submit an application for each position separately; and
- An up to date CV, no more than three pages in length.

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Psychologist (AE5)
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$80k to $90k
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