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The Visa Office of the Australian Consulate-General Shanghai is seeking applications from Australian citizens to be engaged as a Delegated Decision Maker (Level 4).

Applicants must be Australian citizens.  Locally engaged terms and conditions of service apply.  The successful candidate will be responsible for their own transfer and ongoing costs associated with working in China.  If necessary, the consulate can provide a letter to assist in obtaining an appropriate work visa for China.

Due to local Government measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19, including strict entry restrictions, applicants who are non-Chinese nationals are likely to face significant obstacles when seeking work visa, residence permits, or travel into China. Potential applicants should familiarise themselves with these arrangements before applying.

An order of merit may be established from this recruitment exercise to fill other vacancies that may arise in the next twelve months.

In considering these positions, applicants should make themselves aware of the Australian taxation arrangements for Australian citizens working overseas.

The salary for these positions will be RMB 164,861 per annum. An allowance that equates to the compulsory employer costs, applicable at the date of contract signing, of the People’s Republic of China and the Provincial Social Insurance schemes is paid on top of the base salary. For applicant who is an Australian tax resident and receive Australian superannuation contributions (SGC), the allowance will be reduced by the amount that is paid in SGC payments (currently 10%).

The positions are for an initial contract period of twelve months, with the possibility of renewal depending on operational needs.

Duty statements and selection criteria for the positions are attached. Your application, written in English, must include:

  • a statement of claims for the position separately addressing each of the selection criteria (2 pages maximum);

  • curriculum vitae; and

  • contact details for two work-related referees.

Applications that do not address the selection criteria will not be considered.

Guidelines for addressing selection criteria can be found at:

Applications should be sent to:


Please note that applications submitted via e-mail should be in either Word or PDF format.  Only applicants short-listed for interview will receive a reply and if you have not received any communication within four weeks from the closing date of applications, please consider your application unsuccessful.

For enquiries, please contact Senior Migration Officer, Catherine Sutherland at or +86 21 2225 1103.

The closing date for applications is 9pm, Sunday 6 February 2022. Late applications will not be accepted.

About the Department of Home Affairs

The Department of Home Affairs is a central policy agency, providing coordinated strategy and policy leadership for Australia’s national and transport security, federal law enforcement, criminal justice, cyber security, border, immigration, multicultural affairs, emergency management and trade related functions.

Immigration Programs Division delivers the permanent migration and temporary visa programs to maximise the long-term economic and social benefits to Australia across the Skilled, Family and Refugee, and Humanitarian visa programs as well as through Temporary entry to support tourism, education, and international relations.

About the Position

Under general direction, the Delegated Decision Maker analyses information and makes timely, lawful and quality decisions on a range of visa applications within set service standards in a high paced operating environment.

The key responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to:

  • Apply legislation, follow administrative procedures and undertake research to make lawful assessments and decisions on permanent and temporary visa applications.

  • Provide a high level of support to Australia-based staff, and:

  • Promote a good understanding of Australian government and community expectations within the office;

  • Mentor locally engaged staff;

  • Undertake quality assurance tasks; and

  • Take on roles that must be carried out by an expatriate staff member.

  • Conduct research, investigations/integrity checks and policy interpretation with regards to complex cases and provide sound advice to support to local staff.

  • Provide quality service to clients and prepare comprehensive correspondence, high quality decision records and reports.

  • Liaise with a range of internal and external stakeholders on operational and administrative matters, develop strong working relationships and attend meetings as required.

  • Identify and assess issues of integrity concern and appropriately refer cases to the Integrity Unit and/or senior staff.

  • Maintain and update data in online databases, and analyse and report on trends to improve the detection of visa fraud.

  • Draft and coordinate the dissemination of fraud profiles and integrity alerts to assist staff in managing visa decisions risks.

  • Contribute to continuous improvement activities, section work plans and the implementation of change in the workplace.


  • Previous work experience in a decision-making role or an office environment.

  • Ability to plan, organise and perform work effectively to meet business/program goals within set deadlines.

  • Ability to foster a positive team work ethic and attitude, work collaboratively with colleagues in a culturally diverse team environment, and provide team supervision and leadership as required.

  • Highly developed oral and written English communication skills, with a sound ability to prepare complex and sensitive correspondence and/or reports as well as the ability to deal with clients and stakeholders in a courteous and professional manner.

  • Ability to undertake research, interpret policies and make appropriate, lawful and effective decisions in a legislative framework in accordance with policy directions.

  • Chinese language skills are desirable, but not essential.

  • Tertiary qualifications in a relevant field are desirable.

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