Senior Review Officer
APS Level 6
Insurance Group Ongoing Vacancy - Full-time or Part-time
$80,717 to $89,568 plus 15.4% superannuation
Contact Officer Rachael Dunn, Director Disputed Claims on 02 6112 9689
Closing date Sunday 6 November 2016 at 11:00pm (Australian Eastern Standard Time)
How to apply
1. In one combined word document include:
a. your completed Application Cover Sheet (the last page of this
b. in two pages or less outline what you could bring to this position
including your skills, experience and knowledge relevant to the
job specific capabilities; and
c. your resume outlining your work history, relevant qualifications
and training and two well-placed and recent referees.
2. Apply online - When applying you will be asked to upload your
combined application and enter your personal details.
Overview of Comcare
Comcare’s role is to have a positive impact on reducing injury and harm in the workplace. Comcare’s work underpins quality workplaces and plays a vital role supporting workforce participation and productivity.
Comcare’s four business priorities are:
Leading insurer—working with employers and employees to minimise harm in workplaces, facilitate return to work and recovery at work, and deliver sustainable
management of the fund.
National regulator—working with employers, employees and other stakeholders
to deliver consistent risk-based regulation to improve work health, safety and
Excellence in scheme management and design—working with scheme
participants to achieve sustainable and better practice national schemes. Efficient and effective operations—working together to achieve our Outcome.
What we offer Comcare offers employees attractive employment conditions, including:
Overview of the team and role
The Disputed Claims Team is comprised of the Reconsiderations Team and the Feedback
The Reconsiderations Team manages requests for reconsideration of Comcare decisions in accordance with the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (SRC Act). Reconsiderations are the formal internal review mechanism under the SRC Act.
The Senior Review Officer is a subject matter expert of the SRC Act. The role is responsible for the quality assurance of reviewable decisions for areas of expertise and ensuring consistency of reviewable decisions issued by the team. The Senior Review Officer is also responsible for managing the workload of designated Review Officers and
offering guidance through sharing their expertise.
Senior Review Officers also play an active role in Comcare’s in-house dispute resolution process.
Job specific capabilities
1. Demonstrated experience providing technical advice and comprehensive knowledge
of the SRC Act.
2. Knowledge of alternative dispute resolution processes including negotiation,
mediation and facilitated conversations.
3. Experience coaching and mentoring team members to enable the provision of high
quality customer service including accurate advice.
4. Highly developed communication skills, an ability to establish rapport and manage
effective stakeholder relationships.
5. Highly developed research and analytical skills.
1. Provide advice to stakeholders regarding the interpretation of the SRC Act and best
practice dispute resolution.
2. Manage and conduct quality assurance of reviewable decisions to ensure consistency
of legislative and policy application in reviews.
3. Conduct complex reviews and advise stakeholders of outcomes in accordance with
relevant legislation, policies and procedures.
4. Maintain comprehensive knowledge of legislative/policy changes and developments
in case law.
5. Provide legislative and policy guidance to Review Officers undertaking reviews
relating to area of expertise.
6. Actively participate in Comcare’s in-house dispute resolution process and settlement
discussions with stakeholders.
7. Maintain in-depth knowledge of Comcare’s longer-term strategic and operational
outcomes, the possible impacts on the work area and monitor changes in the
broader work environment.
8. Contribute to the development of team objectives for short term tasks and strategic
planning for longer-term initiatives.
9. Develop and maintain complex internal and external relationships with stakeholders,
providing appropriate advice and managing the resolution of issues or complaints.
10.Participate in corporate learning and development activities.
11.Promote workplace safety, equity and diversity and environment practices in the
12. Demonstrate and model safe attitudes, values and behaviours in order to uphold
your health and safety duties.
13. Commit to, promote and model the APS Values and APS Code of Conduct.
How to apply
Your statement of claims against the job specific capabilities is your opportunity to demonstrate your competency and is the most important factor in determining whether your application will be short-listed.
Please address each job specific capability and provide evidence of your suitability with examples from your current or past role(s) which demonstrate how you meet the capability. The STAR approach is one way of presenting. For each capability think about the following and use these points to form sentences:
Situation: Set the context by describing the circumstance whether you used the skills or qualities and gained the experience.
Task: What was your role?
Approach: What did you do and how did you do it?
Result: What did you achieve?
What was the end result and how does it relate to the job you are applying for?
For more information on how to apply for jobs in the Australian Public Service please go to: http://www.apsc.gov.au/publications-and-media/current-publications/cracking-the-code
The Selection Process
Comcare uses a competitive merit process. This process will likely take approximately six weeks for shortlisting, interviewing, reference checking and offers to be made.
Eligibility and specific conditions of employment
1. Australian citizenship
2. Character clearance (police records check)
3. Health assessment
4. Six months probationary period
For information on conditions of employment, please refer to our website via this link: http://www.comcare.gov.au/careers/working_at_comcare.
RecruitAbility Scheme Comcare is committed to supporting the employment and
career development of people with disability. Our participation in the APS RecruitAbility scheme means you will be progressed to further assessment if you declare you have a disability, opt into the scheme and meet the
minimum requirements for the position.
How do I opt into the RecruitAbility scheme?
You will be asked to indicate if you wish to opt into the RecruitAbility scheme in the Application Cover Sheet. You must answer “yes” to the question asking if you would like to participate in the scheme. Simply declaring that you have a disability will not
automatically include you in the scheme.
We provide reasonable adjustments such as access, equipment or other practical support at relevant stages of the recruitment process. If you require any adjustments, please indicate this under the relevant section of the Application Cover Sheet.
Details about the RecruitAbility scheme can be found at the Australian Public Service
Commission’s website via this link: http://www.apsc.gov.au/publications-and-media/current-publications/recruitability- applicants-guide.
Diversity and Inclusion
The range and nature of work in Comcare requires a workforce that reflects our diverse
society. We are an inclusive employer and actively encourage and welcome applications
from Indigenous Australians, people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds
and people with disabilities. We are committed to providing an environment that values
diversity and supports employees to reach their full potential.
Comcare will accommodate all requests for reasonable adjustment for people with
disabilities to assist in the application process and if successful, the inherent
requirements of the position.
If you have individual requirements that need to be accommodated in order to
participate in an interview or assessment centre please inform the contact person listed
on the front of this Information Pack.
Application Cover Sheet APS Level 6, Senior Review Officer, Insurance Group - Canberra
Title Birth Date (optional)
Surname Given Name
Preferred Name State Postcode
Contact Number(s) (M) (W) (H)
Are you currently working in the Australian Public Service?
Substantive Level Acting Level AGS Number
Are you an Australian Citizen?
Have you received a redundancy benefit from an APS Agency or Parliament
Service that has not expired?
Have you ever been found to have breached the APS Code of Conduct?
If yes, please specify employer’s name.
Do you have a disability?
Do you require any special arrangements to be made for assessment e.g.
interview? If yes, a member of the selection panel will contact you for more
If you have a disability (according to the definition under the RecruitAbility
Scheme), do you wish to opt into the scheme, and understand your application
will need to be assessed as having met minimum requirements for the position?
Please provide two referees who have supervised and assessed your performance within the workplace
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