Policy Officer - APG

Closing Date:  24/07/2024

Sydney, NSW, AU

Band:  Band 05
Command/Portfolio:  APG - Research & Implementation Team

Job Details

EMPLOYMENT TYPE - Ongoing Full time


AFP BAND & SALARY - Band 05, $95,010.00 - $102,927.00 



This advertisement is to fill current vacancies and create a merit pool for future ongoing or non-ongoing vacancies arising over the next 12 months.


Did you know?


The Asia/Pacific Group on Money Laundering (APG) is an inter-governmental organisation founded in 1997.  The APG is the FATF-style regional body for the Asia/Pacific region, where 41 member jurisdictions have come together to implement the international standards against money laundering, terrorist financing and financing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (AML/CFT/CPF). To achieve this goal, the APG works collaboratively with the FATF and other regional and international organisations.


The APG Secretariat supports APG members and serves as a focal point for APG activities in providing secretariat services to APG members, the co-chairs and APG committees. The APG Secretariat is hosted by the Australian Federal Police in Sydney and Canberra, Australia.


The core activities of the APG Secretariat include:

  • Coordinating and leading mutual evaluations of APG members.
  • Coordinating technical assistance and training with donors and providers.
  • Providing expertise and research on money laundering, terrorist financing and financing the proliferation of WMD.
  • Providing advice and information to, and linkages between, international and regional agencies (especially financial, legal and law enforcement agencies) on AML/CFT/CPF matters.
  • Organising and contributing to APG events and projects and attending and contributing to FATF events and projects.
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with relevant international and regional organisations.

What is the role?


APG Policy Officers are responsible for producing timely and high quality work in accordance with APG Business Plans, in order to meet the goals articulated in the APG’s Strategic Plan by:

  • Providing project and corporate support to meet targets set out in APG Strategic Plan and the Annual Business Plan.
  • Supporting the development and review of policies to achieve APG outcomes.
  • Assisting colleagues with APG-wide work responsibilities.
  • Ensuring that key stakeholders (internal and external) are managed effectively to achieve these purposes.

What will you do?


The key accountabilities and deliverables of this position are as follows:


Policy Support:

  • Contribute to APG policy documents and publications where required.
  • Assist with APG technical work (mutual evaluations, follow-up reports, technical assistance and training and research and implementation) as required.
  • Develop APG Secretariat internal policies and guidance documentation. 


Project and Corporate support: 

  • Assist in project development and management including risk management. 
  • Deliver project outputs/milestones within agreed timeframes and standards with minimal supervision. 
  • Apply strict accountability systems for project expenditure including monitoring and reporting expenditures.


Stakeholder Management: 

  • Assist in the development and maintenance of positive and productive relationships with APG stakeholders.
  • Support APG projects in a manner that meets stakeholder expectations.


Team Effectiveness:  

  • Foster a collegiate team environment including sharing in APG-wide work responsibilities.
  • Practice a continuous improvement approach by reviewing own work methods, identifying weaknesses and improving  methods in response. 

Essential Requirements



  • Relevant tertiary qualifications, or at least 5 years proven policy experience and/or project management in a relevant field. 


Skills, Experience and Knowledge

  • Experience working in an international organisation or in AML/CFT/CPF is preferable.
  • A proven ability to work flexibly and achieve outcomes in busy or challenging environments.
  • Experience working at a project management level of a small to medium organisation.
  • Understanding of the various levels and types of professional relationships which can exist in a political and business environment involving national and international policy implications.
  • Experience in communicating effectively with individuals and groups, including in situations which can be culturally and politically sensitive in an international context. 
  • Effective financial management and administration skills.
  • Experience in working with a wide range of computer-based applications, MS Office, virtual meeting platforms and document management systems.

Additional Information

International travel may be required for this role.

Successful applicants are required to: 

•    Undergo a security assessment to obtain and maintain a Secret (NV1) security clearance. 
•    Qualify for an Australian work visa or other appropriate immigration status. 
•    Satisfy health and character checks. 

  • This role is located in Sydney or Canberra and applicants are expected to be based in one of these locations.

Selection Criteria


Achieves Results

  • Taking responsibility for achieving outcomes.
  • Sharing knowledge and skills.
  • Coping with changing priorities in a team environment.


Supports a Corporate Perspective

  • Identifying broader, organisational issues and integrating these into the day-to-day work of the team.
  • Anticipating issues and finding ways of improving the way that work is done within the team.
  • Using practical common sense, critical thinking and making sound judgements.


Cultivates Productive Working Relationships

  • Developing strong networks both inside and outside the team.
  • Seeking opportunities to assist colleagues develop capabilities.
  • Valuing and leveraging diversity and individual differences.


Shows Personal Drive and Integrity

  • Demonstrating ethical and professional behaviours.
  • Showing enthusiasm, commitment, resilience and initiative in your work and modelling  these attributes to colleagues.
  • Demonstrating a commitment to self-knowledge and growth.


Communicates with Influence

  • Communicating clearly with others orally or in writing, in presentations and meetings.
  • Listening, understanding and adapting to the views of others.
  • Effectively sharing and presenting information to persuade and negotiate.
  • Demonstrating experience in cross-cultural communication, public speaking and workshop facilitation/presentation skills.


Technical Knowledge

Demonstrating knowledge or experience in relation to any of the following technical areas:

  • International policy.
  • Conducting research & analysis and drafting reports.
  • Project Management.


Knowledge of the international FATF standards relating to anti-money laundering countering the financing of terrorism, and proliferation financing (AML/CFT/CPF) is preferred.




Please submit the following documents via our Jobs portal prior to the closing date and time:


  • Resume/CV - Your resume should include a summary of your work history commencing with your most recent employment, listing the dates of employment, company names and position titles. It should also include details of your qualifications including dates and institution names.  Can you also submit the names and contact details of 2 referees to be used if you are shortlisted for this role. 
  • Applicant pitch (maximum two pages). Ensure your pitch tells us why you are the best fit for the role, with examples that demonstrate your capabilities addressing the selection criteria, role requirements and work level standards for the role. The work level standards are specific to the band level of the role you are applying for and can assist in guiding you to address the selection criteria. Your claims should be succinctly expressed and include relevant examples to support the claim.


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 - Caroline Bicheno,

Contact Officer Phone: 0448 796 299,

Contact Officer Email: caroline.bicheno@apgml.org

Applications Close: 11:59pm (AEST) 24/07/2024


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