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APS 6 Financial Accountant

Applications close midnight Sunday 7 April 2019

Position Details

Title: Financial Accountant
Classification: APS 6 PN9421
Salary: $79,959 - $93,820
Section: Corporate Services
Security Clearance: Baseline
Contact Officer: Alison Williams 02 6102 7081 or

The position

The Finance Section provides a range of services that enable the National Portrait Gallery to operate efficiently and effectively, deliver programs and fulfil corporate obligations. The Section develops, implements and maintains business strategies, systems and practices covering governance, financial planning and reporting, budgeting, finance, procurement, information communications technology.

The occupant of this position reports to the Finance and Business Manager and provides high level accounting and financial management services including the preparation of statutory accounts, review and processing of transactions and reconciliations, asset management and the preparation of the Portfolio Budget Statements.

Our ideal candidate/candidate profile

  • An analytical mind
  • Negotiation skills and the ability to develop strong working relationships
  • Commercial and business awareness
  • Good communication skills – both written and verbal
  • A keen eye for detail and desire to probe further into data
  • Deadline-orientated and an ability to stick to time constraints

Specific tasks

  • The duties will be many and varied, however will have primary responsibility for:
  • Monthly balance sheet reconciliations
  • Monthly BAS and annual FBT returns
  • Cash flow forecasting and providing working papers to support investment decisions
  • Completeness and accuracy of the fixed asset register
  • Monitoring of the capital budget and WIP
  • Review accuracy of information required for all financial transactions on an ongoing basis
  • Preparation of monthly and year-end financial statements and associated working papers
  • Liaise with the external auditors
  • Entry of CBMS monthly and year-end actuals
  • Preparation of Portfolio Budget Statements
  • Entry of CBMS budget estimates and monthly profiles
  • Maintain and update financial policies.

Selection criteria

  1. Supports strategic direction – Thinks laterally, identifies and implements improved work practices
    • Supports shared purpose and direction
    • Thinks strategically
    • Harnesses information and opportunities
    • Shows judgement, intelligence and common-sense
  2. Achieves results – See projects through to completion. Monitors project progress and manages priorities
    • Identifies and uses resources wisely
    • Applies and builds professional expertise
    • Responds positively to change
    • Takes responsibility for managing work projects to achieve results
  3. Supports productive working relationships – Builds and sustains positive relationships with team members, stakeholders and clients. Is responsive to changes in client and stakeholder needs and expectations.
    • Nurtures internal and external relationships
    • Listens to, understands and recognises the needs of others
    • Values individual differences and diversity
    • Shares learning and supports others
  4. Displays personal drive and integrity – Takes personal responsibility for meeting objectives and progressing work. Persists with, and focuses on achieving objectives even in difficult circumstances.
    • Demonstrates public service professionalism and probity
    • Engages with risk and shows personal courage
    • Commits to action
    • Promotes and adopts a positive and balanced approach to work
    • Demonstrates self-awareness and a commitment to personal development
  5. Communicates with influence – Approached negotiations with a clear understanding of key issues. Understands the desired outcomes. Encourages the support of relevant stakeholders.
    • Communicates clearly
    •  Listens, understands and adapts to audience
    •  Negotiates confidently
  6. Job Specific Criteria
    • Undertaking or obtained a Chartered Accountant or Certified Practising Accountant qualification;
    •  Existing Commonwealth financial experience, including use of the Central Budget Management System (CBMS);
    • Previous experience using an Financial Management Information System (FMIS) Technology One preferred;
    • Experience with managing competing priorities and strategic directions;
    • Ability to obtain and maintain a Baseline Security clearance.

The National Portrait Gallery of Australia

The purpose of the National Portrait Gallery is to increase the understanding and appreciation of the Australian people – their identity, history, culture, creativity and diversity – through portraiture. We pride ourselves on our core values:

We aim to inspire

In everything we do we strive to be an inspiration to the individual, the community and the nation.

We are inclusive and accessible

We are approachable, friendly and welcoming of our visitors and each other.  We strive to ensure that the Gallery, the collection and our programs are accessible to all.

We operate with integrity

We are accountable, responsible for our actions and act with honesty and empathy, remaining true to our purpose. We respect the focus of our collection, the sitters and their stories, the artists, our visitors and each other.

We strive for excellence

We continue to strive and challenge ourselves through our initiatives. We are innovative and seek to lead in everything we do.

The National Portrait Gallery has approximately 55 staff who specialise in a wide variety of roles across Access and Learning, Curatorial, Collection Management and Display, External Relations, Foundation and Corporate Services.

The Gallery recognises the contribution its staff makes to allow the realisation of our mission and values. We welcome staff with different experiences, cultural heritage and educational backgrounds. Employment conditions are governed by the Gallery’s enterprise agreement – National Portrait Gallery Enterprise Agreement 2017-20, which encourages high performance and ongoing learning whilst promoting a balance between work and personal commitment.

The Gallery is a health and safety conscious organisation that expects each employee to actively contribute to sustaining a safe workplace and inclusive culture.

Applicant Information

If you require further information please contact Ms Alison Williams, 02 6102 7081 or by email at

To apply, please submit your written application addressing:

  • How your skills and experience fit with the role. Please provide some examples (up to 2 x A4 pages).
  • How you meet the description of ‘our ideal candidate’ (up to 250 word).

Applications are to be submitted to along with current CV and application coversheet which can be found below by Sunday 7 April 2019.

For assistance responding to the selection criteria and general information about applying for jobs in the Australian Public Service please refer to Cracking the Code or ASPC Website.