The Royal Commission of Inquiry is committed to conducting its work with sensitivity and empathy.

Employing people from a diverse range of backgrounds and life experience is vital to helping the Inquiry in its work. 

From time to time the Commission receives applications from people who may have criminal convictions in their past. Given the nature and subject of our work, the Commission considers these on a case-by-case basis. 

We know that suffering abuse in care can have consequences across a person’s life. Sometimes the effects are crime and incarceration.

Because of the consequences of abuse in care, many people are unable to break that cycle. Hiring people with previous convictions is one way to change that. 

However, we take our obligations to survivors seriously and aim to do no harm.

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If you are interested in working for the Inquiry this page lists the current vacancies and instructions on how to apply.


For an application form, please click here: Application Form [DOCX, 282 KB]

Head of Finance

Fixed Term for the duration of the Commission (Until 2023)
Hours: Full time
Location: Wellington

Transforming the way, we, as a nation, care for children, young people and vulnerable adults in our communities.

This is an exciting and career enhancing opportunity to work in a team aiming to make a difference for future generations of New Zealanders. 

About the role:

At the Royal Commission you will provide trusted advice to the Executive Director, General Manager Strategy and Assurance and our ELT amongst others.  An absolute knack for numbers and the ability to manage budget bids with Treasury as well as provide strong and sound financial advice and reporting will be imperative in this role.

What you’ll do:  

This role will be varied and will include:

  • Managing the budget bid process with Treasury and the Administering Agency
  • Ensuring budgets are prepared for the Commission
  • Provision of sound financial advice
  • Monthly financial reporting across the various business units in the Commission
  • Managing and delivering property services for the Commission.

What you’ll bring for success:

  • Significant experience in senior financial leadership roles in a complex organisation
  • A tertiary qualification in accounting or equivalent
  • Experience in budget management and financial reporting
  • Strong communication skills and the ability to gain trust and respect across the Commission
  • Ability to work under pressure and with little supervision
  • A strong level of resilience
  • Confident in culturally and disability inclusive approaches including tikanga Māori.

Your work life balance is important to us, and we offer flexible working arrangements.  We have a commitment to diversity.  We believe that no one should be discriminated against because of their differences. We aim to ensure that each and every one of our people has a sense of belonging within our organisation.   

About us:

The Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care was established in February 2018. Over the next three years, the Inquiry will investigate the abuse and neglect of children, young people and vulnerable adults who were in the care of State and faith-based institutions in New Zealand between 1950 and 1999 and examine ways to stop further abuse.

The Royal Commission is committed to the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the Treaty Partnership team bring a kaupapa, tikanga and te reo Māori focus to the development of the Inquiry work programme.

Opportunities like this are few and far between; will you join us on our journey?  


How to apply: Please submit your CV, application form, and a cover letter to 


CLICK HERE for a copy of the application form


Applications close: 07 April 2020


For more information on the Royal Commission please see our  website or contact

Head of Finance Position Description

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