Director, Communicable Disease Control
Full-time Temporary

Closes: 21 June 2019

Classification: Senior Officer Grade A
Salary: $143,116
Position No: 29621
Directorate: ACT Health
Advertised (Gazettal date): 07 June 2019
Contact Officer: Irene Passaris on irene.passaris@act.gov.au or (02) 5124 9255

The ACT Health Directorate is responsible for the stewardship of the health system in the ACT. ACT Health provides a strong policy and population health capability based on a foundation of world-leading health and medical research.
ACT Health develops strategies and sets the direction to ensure services meet community needs and expectations, delivers improved health outcomes, and that the health system is innovative, effective and sustainable now and in the future.
ACT Health has responsibility for:
  • Developing strategic policy and stewardship of the health system, including working with the Commonwealth on key health improvement initiatives.
  • Managing demand for and supply of health services across the territory.
  • Improving the health and wellbeing of the ACT population by promoting healthy behaviours and lifestyles and through ongoing monitoring and evaluation of health programs and policy.
  • Preventing, and providing a timely response to, potential public health incidents.
  • Leading the health workforce and clinical training strategy including building strong partnerships with key academic institutions and training providers,
  • Commissioning and managing multi-million dollar contracts for the provision of health services, including partnerships with community sector organisations, peak bodies and advocacy groups,
  • Managing a portfolio of infrastructure programs to ensure the ACT has world class, sustainable, fit for purpose clinical and patient care facilities,
  • Monitoring and enforcement of public health regulations, and
  • Providing public health advice.
The ACT Health Directorate supports workforce diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive workplace. As part of this commitment, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people with disability and those who identify as LGBTIQ are encouraged to apply.
Overview of the work area and position
Public Health, Protection and Regulation (PHPR)
The Public Health, Protection and Regulation Division is headed by the Chief Health Officer who is appointed under the Public Health Act 1997 and fulfils a range of statutory responsibilities and delegations under various public health legislation. The Division is responsible for development of population health strategic initiatives in ACT in the key areas of protection, prevention, and Territory-wide interventions. The Division is also responsible in exercising statutory responsibilities on behalf of the Chief Health Officer to prevent and manage risks to the health of the ACT population, including planning and management of public health incidents and emergencies.
The Chief Health Officer is also required to report biennially on the health of the ACT population on specific health-related topics, which is done through the Chief Health Officer’s Report.
Health Protection Service (HPS)
The Health Protection Service (HPS) manages risks and implements strategies for the prevention of, and timely response to, public health incidents. This is achieved through a range of regulatory and policy activities relating to areas such as food safety, communicable disease control, environmental health, emergency management, pharmaceutical products, tobacco control and analytical services.
The Communicable Disease Control Section (CDC) of HPS is a multidisciplinary section including nurses, epidemiologists, public health professionals, medical laboratory scientists and administrative officers. CDC is responsible for a range of functions aimed at minimising the harm caused by the spread of communicable diseases in our community. CDC has three units: the Disease Surveillance Unit; the Immunisation Unit and the Infection Control Unit.
The Director CDC position is responsible for:
  • Management of the CDC Section, including management of staff and financial resources associated with the delivery of CDC functions
  • Overseeing the implementation of CDC regulatory functions, including the development of standard operating procedures, guidelines and codes of practice
  • Responding to media and briefing requests on CDC issues
  • Representing CDC on the HPS Executive team meetings and liaising with other HPS units and other agencies on CDC matters
  • Providing high level advice on CDC, immunisation and infection control issues to the Executive Director Health Protection Service and the Chief Health Officer
  • Assisting with the management of responses to communicable disease outbreaks.
  • Representing the ACT on relevant committees
Eligibility/Other Requirements
  • Tertiary qualifications in Public Health or a related discipline.
  • Relevant qualifications or extensive experience in the management and implementation of public health programs including communicable disease surveillance, infection control and immunisation.
Prior to commencement successful candidates will be required to:
  • Undergo a pre-employment National Police check.
This is a temporary position available for five months with possibility of extension.

How to Apply

Applicants must apply online via the Health website here.


This is a temporary position available for five months with possibility of extension.

Career interest categories:

Administration and Governance
Healthcare, Medical and Allied Services
Leaders and Senior Management