Risk and Compliance Officer

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Townsville, Australia
05 Oct 2018
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21 Oct 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Position Overview 

The Risk and Compliance Officer supports the Chief of Staff in promoting and developing staff capability in risk assessment and management and assists risk champions and staff with risk responsibilities within the Divisions, in identifying, analysing and managing risks in order for the University to make well informed decisions to meet its strategic objectives, and to appropriately respond to risks that may impact operations and/or performance. The incumbent supports the development of business continuity plans, mitigation activities, treatment plans and other contingency planning at the enterprise level.

The Risk and Compliance Officer delivers on the requirements of the University’s Compliance Framework, understanding legislative obligations relevant to the Higher Education Sector and the activities specific to JCU, including coordination and implementation of the compliance process across all areas of the University, development and management of the Compliance Register and monitoring and review of Compliance Action Plans. 

The Chancellery

The Chancellery consists of the Chancellor, Vice Chancellor and President, Chair of Academic Board and office of the Chief of Staff (incorporating internal audit, risk, legal services, governance and executive policy, University Secretariat, corporate records and, media and communications). The Chancellery provides support to the Vice Chancellor and the Executive Group on governance and management issues.

The Chancellery supports the Vice Chancellor to discharge her duties. The Vice Chancellor is the chief executive of the University and leads the development of University strategy, as well as the pursuit of strategic goals and major new initiatives with the University community and its stakeholders. The Vice Chancellor is also responsible for: the generation of revenue; management of people, assets and finances; and representing the University (nationally and internationally) to governments, partner universities, potential and past students, funding bodies and the wider community.

Organisational Charts

James Cook University  

The Chancellery

Principal Accountabilities

  1. Support the University’s management of risk through its automated enterprise risk management system, monitoring the quality and integrity of risk assessment and reporting, and ensuring that business continuity planning, mitigation strategies and other controls are in place and effective through periodic audit. 
  2. Update risk and compliance documentation as per regulatory requirements, relevant standards and best practice, ensuring that appropriate risk governance and management policies and procedures are in place to support strategic alignment. Assist and provide advice to senior management to identify and manage risk exposures and legislative compliance obligations, including providing training for staff in risk management principles and the application of ISO 31000 Risk Management Principles and Guidelines.
  3. Facilitate operational risk assessments with risk champions and staff with risk responsibilities within the Divisions and participate in the University planning cycle, providing independent risk assessments over inherent risk changes as a result of projects, business decisions, and process changes where appropriate.
  4. Monitor legislative developments and practices through effective management of the University Compliance Register, undertaking periodic reviews of compliance activity and compliance action plans, and prepare risk and compliance reports for Audit and other Committees as required.
  5. Establish, maintain and promote collaborative working relationships with a broad range of stakeholders across the University community.
  6. Develop, implement and maintain procedures for the administration of the University’s Compliance Program, undertaking systematic review and analysis of the implementation of risk and compliance activities within the University Risk Management and Compliance frameworks, policies and procedures, making recommendations as appropriate.
  7. Support the University's commitment to the principles of reconciliation, which exemplify respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and the valuing of justice and equity for all Australians.
  8. Demonstrate a commitment to the University values.
  9. Support the principles of the TropEco program and engage in commitment to JCU sustainability goals and objectives.


There are generic responsibilities that apply to all James Cook University staff. Your specific level descriptor can be found at:

Professional and Technical

Level 7  

Generic Accountabilities  

There are generic responsibilities that apply to all James Cook University staff.  

  1. The Risk and Compliance Officer is required to observe the lawful and reasonable directions, policies and decisions of the University Council, understand and comply with the Enterprise Agreement, the Statutes and Rules of the University, the policies and decisions of the University Council and other appropriate University authorities, as in force from time to time.
  2. The Risk and Compliance Officer is required to demonstrate a personal commitment to ensure personal safety and the safety of others and contribute to the continuous improvement of our WHS performance. This includes the effective implementation and compliance with James Cook University WHS policies, procedures and safe systems of work, together with all relevant legislation, duties and obligations. Contribute to the continuous improvement of our WHS performance. 
  3. The Risk and Compliance Officer is required to exercise proper discretion in all matters affecting the well-being of the University which involve public writing or speaking in accordance with the University’s Code of Conduct.  

Selection Criteria 

Selection and appointments will be assessed against selection criteria. 


  1. Degree qualification in a relevant discipline with experience in a compliance management, risk management or risk advisory role in large complex organisations; or demonstrated equivalent knowledge, experience and skills and/or education and training in enterprise risk management or governance and assurance. 
  2. Demonstrated broad knowledge and understanding of AS/NZS ISO 31000:2009 Risk Management and AS 3806-2006 Compliance Programs and its organisational implementation with proven experience in the monitoring and review of regulatory requirements for risk management and compliance activities within a complex organisation.
  3. Demonstrated experience training employees in risk management practices including the use of automated risk management information systems.
  4. Proven ability to mitigate risk losses through contingency planning, development of mitigations strategies and internal controls, including developing treatment plans and assessing their effectiveness.
  5. Proven high level analytical and problem solving skills with proven ability to articulate difficult concepts and present complex analysis with clarity to internal and external stakeholders at all levels. Demonstrated high level written, oral and interpersonal communication skills, with particularly the ability to articulate concepts and present complex analysis with clarity and professionalism and the ability to maintain effective working relationships with internal and external stakeholders at all levels. 
  6. Proven excellent customer service skills taking a proactive, professional approach to maintaining effective working relationships, strong client focus and meet a range of potentially competing deadlines.


  1. Familiarity with the structure and functioning of James Cook University including organisational policies and procedures, and the Higher Education Sector more broadly.

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