Closing Date:  18/07/2024

Canberra, ACT, AU

Band:  Band 07
Command/Portfolio:  PC - PEOPLE COMMAND

Job Details


JOB TITLE - Dietitian

EMPLOYMENT TYPE - Ongoing full-time or part-time

LOCATION - Canberra based role - consideration may be given for the role to be performed remotely

AFP BAND & SALARY - Band 07, $113,563- $121,628.00


CONTACT – Brett Sparnon: Team Leader Physical Services – SHIELD,

APPLICATIONS CLOSE – 18/07/2024 11:59pm (AEST)


This advertisement is to fill current vacancies and create a merit pool for any future vacancies that may arise over the next 12 months.


Did you know?


The mission of the Australian Federal Police is to provide dynamic and effective law enforcement to the people of Australia. It provides policing throughout Australia in relation to the prevention and detection of crimes against the Commonwealth, its laws and integrity, and community police services to the Community of the ACT.


Working for the AFP provides you with a diverse and rewarding career. Whether you immerse yourself in a position on the frontline, or provide critical operational or professional support, the work you do makes a big impact on the people of Australia. 


We recognise your contribution to our workforce and offer generous remuneration and conditions including:


  • Six weeks (30 days) of paid annual leave per year + additional paid Christmas stand down 
  • 4 extra mandatory leave rest days per year 
  • 18 days of paid personal leave per year
  • Generous superannuation of 15.4%
  • 16 weeks of paid maternity leave (after 12 months of service) + an additional 36 weeks of maternity leave without pay
  • Generous salaries and incremental salary progression governed by the AFP Enterprise Agreement 
  • Flexible and hybrid working arrangement that provides work/life balance
  • Health & wellbeing services – with a focus on early intervention, education and prevention
  • Access to ongoing training and professional development opportunities

What is the role?


AFP SHIELD - Evidence based Health & Wellbeing Services


The nature of the work undertaken by frontline responders carries an inherent risk of psychological and physical harm and/or injury. This has created a challenge for policing and frontline responder organisations around the world, particularly as there is a growing community expectation that more must be done to better protect those who serve us. In order to effectively protect the Australian community and combat crime, the AFP must ensure the health, safety and preparedness of its staff, both now and into the future. This has led to the single, largest health and wellbeing investment in the AFP’s history - SHIELD.


SHIELD embeds evidence-based health and wellbeing services into the day-to-day operations of AFP employees, former employees and their families by focusing on providing regional services. SHIELD establishes a health and wellbeing capability aligned to the specific needs of the geographical location. SHIELD services will include dedicated teams of clinical resources, such as - GPs, psychologists, nurses and allied health professionals – who will provide locally based care and services which are focused on early intervention, preventing injuries, improving operational performance and building the trust of employees.


Role Summary


The Dietitian role will be responsible for providing specialist health and nutrition advice and support to AFP appointees. The role will provide advice and support to AFP executive and workforce with a focus on education and research.

What will you do?


Specific duties of the role include but are not limited to:


  • Provides Dietetic assessment, intervention and evaluation at an advanced practice level.
  • Develop and facilitate group nutrition education for AFP members and as in-service for the broader SHIELD clinical team.
  • Liaising with other health care professionals and internal and external stakeholders
  • Act as subject matter experts and leads for Nutrition, Fatigue and Recovery within the SHIELD Physical Services team and the broader enterprise.
  • Identify emerging health risks and prepare risk treatment options and plans as required.
  • Provide clinical advice to appointees and in support of the delivery of AFP outcomes.
  • Providing support across various levels of the AFP hierarchy and workforce with an emphasis on focus on prevention, education, health risk management and research.
  • Prepare reports and advice for AFP executive regarding health and medical risk and/or fitness for duty.
  • Undertaking project and research work to support the delivery of SHIELD services.
  • Drive the development and implementation of corporate governance, strategy, and processes to enhance the delivery of SHIELD services.
  • Contribute to a community practise amongst the broader physical services and health and fitness team.

Essential Requirements


  • Australian Citizenship
  • Current NV1 (secret) security clearance, or ability to obtain one
  • Tertiary qualification in Dietetics and eligible for full membership of the Dietitians Association of Australia as an Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD).
  • Current certification as an Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD) with the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA)
  • Minimum five years post-graduate experience as an APD
  • Extensive relevant clinical dietetic experience and demonstrated ability to appropriately apply evidence based principles and dietetic knowledge at an advanced practice level.
  • Knowledge and understanding of public health nutrition issues, health promotion principles and strategies.
  • Availability to undertake domestic travel (if required)
  • Maintenance of required qualifications
  • Maintenance of currency in subject matter expertise through ongoing professional development and learning opportunities outside the formal education process
  • Excellent time management, organisational and written and verbal communication skills.

Desirable Requirements


  • Accredited sports dietitian
  • Experience working with Law Enforcement/First Responder/Tactical Populations
  • Experience in large Organisational/Workplace Health and Wellbeing Programs
  • Experience working in a multi-disciplinary team in a large organisational setting
  • Current valid Australian driver’s license

Selection Criteria


  • Achieve results
  • Communicates with influence
  • Contributes to strategic thinking
  • Cultivates productive working relationships
  • Shows personal drive and integrity
  • Technical knowledge and skills 



As part of your application you will be required to submit the following documents:

  • Applicant response/pitch addressing selection criteria (maximum two pages)
  • Resume/CV


Only complete applications will be considered. Please review and ensure the uploaded documents are correct for this application after submitting your application.

Employment Suitability


Should you successfully progress from the application stage all applicants must:


  • Complete an Employment Suitability Questionnaire (ESQ) and provide a traffic history check and proof of Australian citizenship. This aids in the assessment of your character and your ability to comply with the AFP's professional standards both in an official and private capacity. Please review our AFP Character Standards to ensure that you meet our requirements before you submit your application. Applicants will not receive feedback if they are unsuccessful at this gateway.
  • Have your fingerprints taken if an offer of employment is made.
  • Undertake mandatory drug testing for illicit drugs. This sample could include; urine, saliva or hair.
  • Proof of a minimum of two COVID-19 vaccinations (or one dose if the Janssen vaccine was used) will be required if an offer of employment is made. 
  • Satisfactorily undertake a security clearance to the level specified for the position.  

Recruitment Process

Applicants who have demonstrated their suitability for employment through their resume and application, may be invited to a formal interview. Using the relevant AFP work level standards as a guide, you may be asked a range of questions to demonstrate your skills and abilities. These could include behavioural based scenario questions. Read our guides for applicants to find out how to prepare for you interview.  

Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion


At the AFP we value the different perspectives, approaches and lived experiences of our people, and recognise that our collective intelligence and diversity is what makes us stronger. As such, we encourage applications from people from all walks of life, including people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, First Nations people, women, the LGBTQI community and people with a disability.

Contacts and Closing Information


Contact Officer - Brett Sparnon

Contact Officer Phone: 0498 473 138

Contact Officer Email:

Applications Close: 11:59pm (AEST) 18/07/2024


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