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Senior Regional Finance Officer - Management Accounting

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services

Location: Cairns

Job Type: Contract/temp


Queensland Fire and Emergency Services

One QFES. Many Services, Many Capabilities, Many Partners


Temporary Flexible Full-time

Tenure Period:

6 months

Possibility of Extension:





$4,062.10 - $4,337.70 per fortnight


Strategy & Corporate Services



Work Unit:

Management Accounting



Closing Date:

Midnight, Tuesday, 26 September 2023

Reference No:


Current QFES employees and volunteers must apply via their internal careers site

About us

As a department our purpose is to help the community to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from the impact of fire and emergency events.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) is the primary provider of fire, rescue and emergency management programs and services throughout Queensland. The department encompasses the Fire and Rescue Service, disaster management services, the Rural Fire Service and the State Emergency Service, and also supports other volunteer groups providing emergency response to Queenslanders.

QFES is one department with many services, many capabilities and many partners.

Purpose of the role

The Budget and Performance Reporting unit provides strategic budget and financial management accounting services to QFES. This includes the development of operating and capital budgets in collaboration with QFES business units, budget and performance reporting, analysis and forecasting services, budget maintenance, costing and investment analysis and assistance with funding submissions, as well as Treasury (budget) reporting activities including budget paper preparation.

Reporting to the Principal Finance Officer, you will be a key member of the team, contributing to the ongoing development, review and delivery of contemporary budget and financial management services to QFES in line with the Financial Management Practice Manual (FMPM) and best practice financial management policies and procedures. You will provide advice and support to regional senior executives and staff in relation to financial management issues and impacts to ensure QFES obligations and legislative requirements are met. You will be required to contribute to the financial performance reporting, forecasting, and analysis of various business activities across QFES to support informed decision making and enhance financial management service delivery.

Key requirements

Highly desirable requirements

  • Knowledge and understanding of financial management practices and processes within a complex work environment and/or qualifications in accounting or related disciplines.
  • Experience in supporting finance functions to meet legislative and audit requirements.

Your key accountabilities

Your part in the ongoing success of our department, in supporting frontline services will see you responsible for a variety of work, including, but not limited to:

  • Manage and contribute to strategic and operational financial management services, ensuring financial information integrity is maintained and complies with legislation, standards, policies and practices.
  • Coordinate the preparation of annual operating and capital budgets, forward estimates, and analysis, reporting and forecasting of regional financial performance and position.
  • Provide high level advice to regional senior executive and staff regarding the development and monitoring of budgets and performance to ensure best practice and quality financial management outcomes.
  • Establish and maintain professional working relationships with internal and external stakeholders to support financial management initiatives, ensure governance is maintained and meet desired outcomes.
  • Research matters and prepare quality reports, submissions, correspondence and briefing notes on regional financial management issues and impacts, in accordance with departmental requirements.
  • Support the development and implementation of business improvement initiatives to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of financial management practices and processes.
  • Work effectively in a professional environment, fostering teamwork and assisting in the ongoing development staff through leadership and performance management, and planning and review processes.


To determine your suitability for the role, you will be assessed on the following Leadership Competencies for Queensland behavioural profiles that link to the “key accountabilities” for this role:

Leadership Competency Stream – Individual Contributor (leading selft)


  • Makes insightful decision
  • Leads change in complex environments


  • Builds enduring relationships
  • Drives accountability and outcomes


  • Fosters healthy and inclusive workplaces
  • Demonstrates sound governance

Once you join us we will want you to exemplify the QFES shared values of:

  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Trust
  • Courage
  • Loyalty

Want more information?

Please contact Lachlan Cooper, Principal Finance Officer on phone 07 3145 3748 or email

You can also visit our website to find out more about our organisation.

How to apply

Please refer to the QFES Public Service Application Guide [All PS Classifications/Streams and Senior Officer] for information on how to apply for this role.