Location Canberra
Job type Contract
Salary Negotiable
Specialisation ICT, Technical, TSPV
Contact person Cindace Prasad
Reference TR/061833
Call Email Cindace

PKI Technical Specialist - RFQ-ASD-68-2024 - SOW 1 - Original

Due to the nature of clients we work with here at Kinexus and the projects these roles will be based on, an Australian Government Top Secret Positive Vetting (TSPV) clearance is essential.

These opportunities do not have the ability to obtain sponsorship for a security clearance (including applicants who currently hold a security clearance seeking to upgrade).


The PKI Technical Specialist will work within the Integrated Solutions Section in the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD). The PKI Technical Specialist will work collaboratively with other technical staff on Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) and associated software to ensure that objectives satisfy business needs by providing a clear, efficient and logical approach to new work.

The PKI Technical Specialist will contribute to design activities to achieve organisational objectives for ICT identity authentication and authorisation environments industry standard software development and deployment tools

The Specified Person will be expected to demonstrate attributes of SFIA Level of Responsibility 4.

Current Top-Secret Positive Vetting (TSPV) security clearance is strongly preferred, however candidates who have held a TSPV in the previous 12-month period (which has since been downgraded) may be considered.


Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) is the federal agency responsible for foreign signals intelligence, cyber warfare and information security. ASD's purpose is to defend Australia from global threats and help advance our national interests.

Situated in Canberra, ASD employs over 2000 TSPV cleared workers. ASD's workforce is growing rapidly. Areas of growth include PMO, cyber security, systems administration and engineering, software development and network engineering.

A top-security, complex and highly technical environment, ASD plays a vital role in the defence of Australia. Long contracts (12 months+) available.


  • Review current Entrust PKI services, document and as part of a team enhance current Enterprise PKI Certificate services and rationalise certificate authority infrastructure.
  • Provide ICT system administration for ICT systems, specifically focussing on enterprise identity and access management systems PKI infrastructure
  • Integration and automation of current PKI infrastructure with the corporate identity management software.
  • Plan, document, develop and integrate software using a DevOps methodology to assist with automation of key identity and access management capabilities.


  • Knowledge of corporate directories, authorisation and authentication services, including technologies, protocols and languages such as: Public Key Infrastructure, cryptography, Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) and Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) is considered advantageous.
  • Demonstrated experience in authorisation services, including identity management software is considered advantageous.
  • Demonstrated experience in Unix / Linux system administration is considered advantageous
  • Demonstrated experience and understanding of ITIL processes and procedures is considered advantageous
  • Knowledge of networking and protocols, particularly TCP/IP, DNS and DHCP.
  • Australian Citizenship and a TSPV security clearance is essential.


Why work for ASD?

  • Work on interesting and prestigious projects vital to the ongoing defence of Australia.
  • Flexible work environment; work the hours that suit you between 7am and 7pm.
  • Low attrition rate: the great variety of projects and opportunities across different business areas ensure few workers leave ASD.
  • Long term contracts available.
  • Fantastic growth opportunities available at any stage of your career.

Why Kinexus?

  • Kinexus has been supplying TSPV contractors to ASD since 2004 and have a strong relationship with them. We are one of just 9 suppliers Australia-wide.
  • Our experience in managing contractors in defence/national security industries means we understand the requirements from the Commonwealth, insurances and clearances.
  • DISP accredited; we can hold clearances and manage renewals.
  • Dedicated account manager (me!) who is your dedicated POC and offer continuous contractor care.
  • Rate negotiation guidance in line with the SFIA framework.
  • Dedicated payroll assistant who facilitates your taxes and super.
  • We proactively chase timesheet approvers to ensure you get paid on-time and error free.
  • Regular visits to Canberra for coffee, lunches and quarterly drinks events.
  • We can facilitate novated car leases, LAFHA or salary sacrifice.
  • We'll keep you up to date with the most appropriate, interesting opportunities in your field.
  • Community matters. Kinexus supports women in Defence through our female mentoring program and rewards referrers through our Referral Rewards scheme.

Kinexus is the leading recruitment partner to the Defence Industry in Australia. We support our community in making intelligent connections and create opportunities to help them grow their careers.

All applications should include your resume as a word document. For more information, visit our website, www.kinexus.com.au or contact Cindace Prasad at 0449 511 324. #LI-CP