The Government is seeking to appoint an inaugural Inspector-General of Aged Care.


The Office of the Inspector-General of Aged Care (OIGAC) is a new non-corporate Commonwealth entity created in response to the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety (Royal Commission).


The OIGAC’s role is to work with and support the Inspector-General of Aged Care (the Inspector-General) as a new independent statutory office recommended by the Royal Commission to improve accountability and transparency in the provision of aged care and address longstanding systemic issues across the sector.


The OIGAC is a small agency with a clear purpose and a cohesive vision to be a trusted authority that ensures integrity and accountability in the aged care system by providing informed and independent oversight. We will be a catalyst for change by calling out problems and identifying areas for improvement to ensure that older people can access the care they need.


The key duties of the position include:


The Inspector-General of Aged Care Act 2023 (Part 2) sets out the Inspector-General’s functions and powers. The Inspector-General is appointed by the Governor-General and is responsible for overseeing the operation of the aged care system.


The Inspector-General will be the Accountable Authority and Agency Head and is the senior leader of the OIGAC.


The Inspector-General will:

  • manage OIGAC capability and performance;
  • provide whole of agency leadership;
  • establish the strategic direction of the OIGAC and publish an Annual Work Plan;
  • lead the planning, development and implementation of the major functions of the OIGAC, including but not limited to Reviews, Monitoring and Reports of the aged care system;
  • be required to exercise the legislative powers and functions as set out in the Inspector-General of Aged Care Act 2023;
  • develop and maintain effective working relationships and strategic partnerships with a diverse range of stakeholders; and
  • represent the OIGAC.




The Australian Government is seeking an experienced executive leader in strategic oversight, review and evaluation, and government and legislative processes.


To be a strong contender for this inaugural, nationally important and challenging role, you will need to:

  • have demonstrated capability and resilience to operate independently in determining review and reporting priorities and reporting review findings and recommendations to Parliament;
  • have demonstrated commitment to leadership that sets the standard for independence, integrity and performance, with a substantial record of achievement operating within a complex governance and regulatory framework;
  • demonstrate extensive professional / executive management experience and have a solid knowledge of public administration, government and parliamentary processes and protocols;
  • have demonstrated experience in exercising legislative powers and functions or the ability to acquire it;
  • exercise excellent strategic judgement and deliver high quality outcomes;
  • have a focus on enabling and nurturing high-performing staff where people are supported to deliver and give their best. This includes setting expectations, uniting people behind a strategic vision, developing staff, and building the capability of the organisation;
  • meet high demand through flexibility and innovation in effectively managing internal and external resources;
  • have first class communication skills and a personal style that engenders trust and respect;
  • have demonstrated capacity to build and maintain positive relationships across industry, government and the community at a national level;
  • be resilient, with a proven ability to maintain focus and take practical steps to resolve, prioritise and deliver results in complex matters; and
  • have a strong understanding of the aged care system or have the ability to quickly acquire this.


To be eligible for appointment you must satisfy the following requirements:


  • be an Australian citizen;
  • have ability to obtain and maintain a Negative Vetting 1 level security clearance granted by the Australian Government Security Vetting Agency;
  • willingness to disclose all interests, pecuniary or otherwise, that may conflict with the performance of duties; and
  • ability to travel interstate as required.


Conflict of interest

If at any time prior to the appointment, an actual or potential conflict of interest concerning the applicant or a related entity arises or may arise, they should immediately notify the contact officer.


This includes any professional, commercial or personal relationships with a member of the panel or if the applicant has a relationship with, and/or obligations to, an organisation or issue which would affect, or be perceived to affect, their performance of the role and/or could bring disrepute to the office of the Inspector-General of Aged Care.


If a conflict of interest is identified the Panel may:

  • exclude the application from further consideration
  • enter into discussions to seek to resolve such conflict of interest or
  • take any other action it considers appropriate.



Terms and Conditions


The successful applicant will be appointed as the Inspector-General of Aged Care on a full-time basis and for a period of 5 years.


The position is based in Canberra, however remote workplace arrangements may be agreed by the Minister.


Remuneration and allowances are those set by the Remuneration Tribunal and a total remuneration package is currently set at $444,210.


Applications close 11:30pm AEDT on Tuesday 28 May 2024.


To discuss the requirements of this position, and obtain selection documentation, please contact Amanda O’Rourke, Amanda O’Rourke Executive Search, by telephone 0452199031 or by email, quoting Reference Number 1137.

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