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Finance Officer

Job No: CEN1496
Location: Central Coast

 Location: Gosford Administration Building


  • Live and work on the Central Coast
  • Busy, challenging, fast paced environment
  • Permanent full time position including RDO
  • Salary range between $1,030.75 to $1,237.25 per week ($53,743 to $64,510 per annum) + superannuation


Central Coast Council is an equal opportunity employer and promotes a healthy and safe work environment. We are committed to diversity in our community and our workforce and encourage Indigenous Australians, people with a disability and people from diverse backgrounds to apply to be part of our inclusive team.

The Finance Officer is responsible for providing an effective and efficient rates and revenue service for the Council and Community which meets customer needs, statutory requirements and has accurate and timely output.

Key activities of this role include:

  • Preparing and maintaining Council’s revenue activities including design, implementation, statutory compliance and reporting, communication and administration;
  • Assisting in the development, implementation and management of revenue policies and systems;
  • Respond to ratepayer and other stakeholder enquiries and complaints including rating, land information and water billing issues.


Essential Criteria:

  • Certificate IV in Business, Accounting or related field or demonstrated solid contemporary experience in a similar role, combined with ongoing professional development;
  • Considerable experience in a similar financial role in a medium/large size organisation;
  • Demonstrated experience working in a highly regulated industry ensuring compliance with legislation, regulation, policy and procedure while operating efficiently;
  • Strong written and oral communication skills and ability to effectively communicate with a diverse range of internal and external customers;
  • Customer focused attitude with the ability to build and maintain quality relationships with staff and stakeholders;
  • Ability to work in a diverse and legislative driven environment with minimal supervision;
  • Strong attention to detail including the ability to navigate and maintain a database, data capture, management and integrity and assist with database submission and reporting;
  • Demonstrated basic level of experience with a variety of software packages.


PLEASE NOTE: The Local Government Act 1993 provides that an employee may be moved from their former position to a new position in the new organisational structure provided that the new position has 'substantially the same duties' as the former position.

In determining what constitutes 'substantially the same duties' consideration will be given to the following factors, with an alignment of at least 80% required to the new role for it to be deemed a lateral transfer opportunity.

  1. Overall role purpose
  2. Key responsibilities
  3. Consideration of the band and level

If you were a current employee of Gosford City Council or Wyong Shire Council as at 12 May 2016 (creation date of Central Coast Council), and believe you were, at that time, performing substantially the same duties  in your substantive role as this advertised role and therefore may be eligible for a current lateral transfer opportunity for this position please indicate this on your application by answering “Yes” to Question 2.


Enquiries: Melissa Shepherd, Team Leader Water Billing on ph. 0438 459 855.

 If you are deaf, hearing or speech impaired, you can contact us through the National Relay Service TTY call 133 677 or Speak & Listen 1300 555 727.

Closing Date: Applications close at Midnight on Thursday 20th December 2018.


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Thank you for your interest in the position.

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 To lodge your application, please follow the below steps:

Step 1:  Answer the on-line questions shown below. Please ensure that you provide as much detail as possible in response to the questions asked.

Step 2:  Attach your Resume 

Step 3:  Attach your qualifications and licences

Once your application is successfully lodged you will receive an automated response sent to your e-mail address. If a response is not received this means that your application has not been successfully submitted and you will need to lodge another application.

IMPORTANT: If you require assistance to lodge your application please contact our Talent Acquisition team by emailing or phone 0409 601 161 to discuss what reasonable adjustments you may need.

Applicants who are selected for interview will be contacted by phone or e-mail.

PLEASE NOTE: By completing and submitting this online application you confirm that any information provided by yourself in this application is true & correct and acknowledge that any offer of employment may be withdrawn should the information that you have provided in support of your application be shown to be false.  You also consent to employment screening checks being conducted where appropriate.  This may include associated checks (Referee check, Working With Children Check, Entitlement to Work in Australia, Employment History and an Australian Federal Police Check) as well as substantiation of educational qualifications, industry memberships, previous Central Coast Council employment history and association with professional bodies.

I also acknowledge that I will be required to provide proof of eligibility (including photo identification) to work in Australia if selected for an interview.


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