Curtin University of Technology

Curtin University of Technology

Foreign Risk Officer


Closing in 11 days

We are looking for a dedicated Foreign Risk Officer to make a difference enhancing the resilience of Curtin University to foreign risk.

  • $89,919 - $95,391 (G06) per annum plus up to 17% Superannuation
  • Continuing permanent, full-time (part time may be considered)
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Job Reference: 1180590

    Your new role

    The Research Office at Curtin has an opportunity available for a Foreign Risk Officer to join our talented and passionate Foreign Risk Management Team. As a Foreign Risk Officer, you will play a critical role in enhancing Curtin's resilience to foreign interference, protecting the Curtin community and cutting-edge advancements in research and development. Working closely with the Foreign Risk Consultant you will undertake due diligence, analysis, risk assessment and mitigation activities with respect to a range of foreign risk related regulatory and governance requirements.

    In this position, you will engage directly with Curtin staff across diverse areas of the university, including Research, People and Culture, Teaching and Learning, and Commercialisation. This engagement is critical to better understand risks and value to Curtin and its community and to inform a foreign risk assessment and control effectiveness. The Foreign Risk Officer will also track activities, submit notifiable arrangements to the government, and apply for relevant permits as required.

    Curtin encourages a progressive and diverse workplace, offering generous superannuation and salary packaging benefits. We are committed to looking after our employees by promoting health and wellbeing, work flexibility, and personal development opportunities.

    While working with the Foreign Risk Consultant, in this role you can expect to:

  • Conduct due diligence and analysis utilising relevant documentation, open- source information, and stakeholder engagement to develop clear, concise, objective risk assessments. Ensuring relevant risk assessments are supported by referenced source material.
  • Develop and recommend tailored controls to mitigate identified risks.
  • Build and maintain relationships with key stakeholders including academic and professional staff, as well as industry and government representatives and their offices.
  • Effectively document and communicate advice and controls to relevant stakeholders.
  • Keep up to date with legislation, guidelines and geopolitics which may affect foreign risk management and relevant compliance responsibilities across a range of areas in the University.
  • Contribute to the continuous improvement of business processes and practices within the program.
  • Administer relevant shared mailboxes, tracking sheets and risk profiles.
  • Selection Criteria: High performing candidates without demonstrated experience relevant to some of these criteria are still encouraged to apply and demonstrate their experience in a relevant space, and/or their ability to quickly develop new skills.

  • Demonstrated analytical, assessment and problem-solving skills with the ability to make informed risk recommendations.
  • High level interpersonal and verbal communications skills with the ability to liaise with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders, to facilitate solution focussed outcomes for the resolution of complex risk scenarios, challenges and situations.
  • High level written communication skills with the ability to prepare correspondence and documentation using clear, concise and grammatically correct language.
  • Highly developed organisational skills with the ability to effectively prioritise dynamic caseloads and make decisions in a timely manner.
  • Demonstrated experience and ability to provide guidance on the interpretation of policy and regulatory matters.
  • Advanced computer skills particularly with experience in the Microsoft suite of applications.
  • Ability to operate with a high degree of autonomy as well as collaboratively in a team environment.
  • Desirable Criteria:

  • Experience reviewing contracts or legislation and/or legal drafting.
  • Knowledge of university research, innovation and engagement models, including their design, evolution and execution.
  • Previous experience in national security matters, or familiarity and interest in a range of ‘Foreign Risk' related regulatory and governance requirements, including Foreign Interference, Defence Trade Controls, Sanctions, Foreign Arrangements Scheme, Foreign Influence and Transparency Scheme and/or geopolitics.
  • Previous experience working in classified security domains.
  • To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Paul Riley, Deputy Chief Security Officer on [email protected]

    About us

    Research Office at Curtin

    Whether we are developing new mining technologies or exploring the origins of the universe, strong academic and industry partnerships lie at the heart of all our research endeavours. Our ability to forge collaborations and share knowledge across faculties, campuses and external institutions have enabled us to take a ‘big picture' approach to research and transform complex problems into innovative solutions that have a far-reaching impact.

    We are an energetic, dedicated team of academics and professionals working together to provide global solutions through quality graduates and innovative research. Curtin is a welcoming space where integrity, respect for one another, courage, excellence, and impact are essential to everyday life. Situated on Whadjuk Nyungar Country, our vibrant campus includes an art gallery, gym, childcare and medical centre, and endless food options including a supermarket.

    For more information about our university, please visit www.

    Join us!

    Please provide a cover letter addressing the selection criteria (as outlined in the Position Description), and your CV to allow us to assess your suitability for this role.

    To view a copy of the Position Description, please copy and paste the following link into your web browser.


    Applications close: Tuesday, 5 March 2024, at 10:00 pm AWST

    Applicants should note that prior to appointment, any offer of employment is subject to completion of National Police Records checks, and background, integrity, and reference checks to Curtin's satisfaction. At Curtin, we are committed to being a Child Safe organisation and this position may also require you to have a current Working With Children Check.

    Successful candidates will require a willingness and ability to apply for and maintain an Australian NV1 (or higher) security clearance.

    On commencement, a security clearance application must be submitted as a priority. Continued employment is contingent on a successful grant and ongoing maintenance of the clearance.

    If you have any queries in relation to this application process, please contact our careers team on 08 9266 9000 (option 3,1), quoting the reference number. Please note we are not accepting applications from recruitment agencies at this time.

    Job details


    Foreign Risk Officer


    Curtin University of Technology




    February 13, 2024

    Application deadline

    March 05, 2024

    Job type



    Business and Economics,Law,Social Science

    About the employer

    Curtin University is a future-focused university based in the scenic city of Perth, Australia, with additional campuses in regional Western Australia, Malaysia, Singapore, Dubai and Mauritius.

    The University is recognised for its strengths in teaching and research innovation, which is reflected in its standing as Western Australia’s top public university for graduate and postgraduate employment, according to the Good Universities Guide 2021.

    We were established in 1966 as the ‘Western Australian Institute of Technology’, before gaining university status and changing our name to ‘Curtin’ in 1987 in honour of the former Australian Prime Minister.

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