Professional Standards and Conduct
Standards and Integrity
Principal Investigator
Level 7, $120,725 - $129,033 per annum (PSCA 2021)

Advertised Vacancy Number: DOE726430

Various Positions

The Department of Education is seeking two (2) highly dedicated and motivated leaders for the role of Principal Investigator. This role involves managing a team of senior investigators in a dynamic, challenging and diverse workplace.

We currently have the following positions available:

For Permanent tenure only

  • 2 x - permanent full-time positions

Both positions will commence ASAP

Professional Benefits

Working for the Department of Education attracts a range of attractive professional and personal benefits including:

  • 10 percent employer contributions to superannuation
  • More than 20 days of other leave, including sick leave and carers’ leave

We encourage all applicants with diverse professional experiences to apply. 

The Standards and Integrity Directorate, within the Professional Standards and Conduct Division delivers a range of integrated functions including the assessment of complaints, conducting disciplinary processes associated with alleged breaches of discipline by staff, and responding to critical incidents. The Directorate also delivers proactive professional learning packages related to misconduct, fraud and corruption prevention. 

The successful applicants will supervise and conduct high level, complex and sensitive investigations, and oversee the completion of reviews into critical incidents. The Department is seeking applicants with excellent communication skills and the ability to write high level reports outlining the actions taken during the investigation/review and providing recommendations to senior management and the Director General. Liaising with internal and external stakeholders is a key part of this role.

The Standards and Integrity Directorate is focused on continuous business improvement, enhancing its capabilities and providing high level services to the Department.

The successful applicant will ideally possess:

  • Experience in interviewing children
  • Substantial experience in conducting investigations relating to fraud and corruption
  • Tertiary qualifications in Investigation Management

Cultural Diversity

The Department is an equal opportunity employer and encourages people with disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and persons from culturally diverse backgrounds to apply.

Your written application will be assessed against the following Selection Criteria

  1. Substantial skills and experience in the management of high-level, complex and sensitive investigations and reviews, including the ability to respond to complaints and breaches of discipline within a public sector environment.
  2. Capacity to provide high level advice and guidance on sensitive matters at all levels in relation to investigation/review findings and recommendations.
  3. Highly developed leadership and team management skills with ability to motivate, develop and support individuals and groups and provide quality customer service.
  4. High level analytical and problem solving skills and the ability to communicate, consult, and negotiate at all levels.

For a full outline of the role responsibilities and selection criteria, please refer to the JDF.

It is recommended that you consider all information contained in the advertisement and any other related information before applying for the vacancy.

All inquiries are welcomed

Please contact Clint May, A/Manager Investigations, Standards and Integrity by telephoning (08) 9264 4331 or emailing  

Application Instructions

All applications are submitted online.  Select “Apply for Job”, at either the top or bottom of this screen and follow all instructions.  It is recommended you have relevant documents completed and ready to attach with your online application. Please allow enough time to complete this process as applications must be received prior to the closing date and time.

Your application should include:

  • A two (2) page statement addressing the selection criteria listed above, in context of the role and business needs of the branch
  • A CV of up to five (5) pages outlining your employment history and professional learning summary relevant to this position
  • The contact details for two (2) work related referees who can attest to the claims made in your written application, preferably one being your current line manager.

After you have submitted your application online, you will receive an email confirming lodgement. If you do not receive a confirmation email, please phone (08) 9264 4127.

If you are having difficulty submitting your online application, please phone (08) 9264 8666 for assistance.

Eligibility and Training Requirements

Employees will be required to:

  • provide evidence of eligibility to work in Australia for the term of the vacancy
  • obtain a current Department of Education Criminal Record Clearance before commencing employment
  • hold a current C class drivers licence
  • travel intrastate as required
  • complete a declaration prior to employment and annually thereafter, disclosing any
  • previous disciplinary findings, criminal charges or convictions, and ongoing conflicts of interest
  • provide a statement from previous employer/s with regard to any disciplinary findings
  • obtain or hold a current Working with Children Check
  • complete
    • the Department’s induction program within three months of commencement;
    • training specific to this role required by Department policy; and
    • the Department’s training in Accountability and Ethical Decision-Making within six months of appointment


Applicants are advised of the recently announced mandatory vaccination policy for various occupations and workforces in WA. Employees working in, or attending school sites are required to be vaccinated in accordance with the policy. More information can be found at Mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for WA workforces (

The Department applies a four (4) day breach period to this selection process.

Applications must be submitted before 4.30pm (WST) on Tuesday, 1 February 2022.

Lodgement is system generated. Any submissions at, or after, 4:30pm will not be accepted.   



This selection process will initially be used to fill the above vacancy. Applicants assessed as suitable during this selection process may be considered for other similar vacancies that occur throughout our division for up to 12 months following this initial appointment. This includes circumstances where this position becomes subsequently vacant should the successful applicant decline or vacate the advertised position.

ATTACHMENTS: - published jdf - generic - principal investigator - standards and integrity - ps l7 - dec 2021(2).pdf

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WORK TYPE:  Permanent - Full Time
FTE: 1.0
LOCATION: East Perth
CLOSING DATE: 2022-02-01 4:30 PM