Assistant Director, Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula Area (Affirmative Measure)

Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

Executive Level 1 - $98,976 - $111,681

Non-ongoing (Temporary), Full-time, Part-time

Thursday Island - QLD

Closing date: Thursday, 8 November 2018

20 days to apply

Job description


The Community Engagement Section manages Northern Australia Quarantine Strategy (NAQS) activities in the Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula Area (NPA) of Cape York. This includes the clearance of traditional and commercial vessels, aircraft, passenger and crew, cargo as well as monitoring and response programs, pest surveillance activities and public awareness. The Section also manages biosecurity initiatives including:

• Indigenous Rangers – managing the scope of work, building on capability and providing additional support for biosecurity work undertaken by Indigenous Ranger groups across northern Australia.
• Community engagement – expanding on community awareness information and tools available to identify and report potential biosecurity threats.

The Job
Working under limited direction, the key duties of the Assistant Director will include:

1. managing, in consultation with key personnel and senior managers of the Science Services Group, biosecurity operations in Torres Strait and NPA including financial and staff resources, operational and business planning and the delivery of operational services across a number of departmental programs
2. representing the Torres Strait and NPA operations group in consultation and negotiations with other Government agencies, Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal regional authorities, members of the general public, departmental groups and clients and their representative industry bodies
3. managing the implementation and delivery of projects to improve biosecurity in northern Australia
4. contributing to the preparation of general correspondence including briefings and ministerial submissions
5. leading staff, managing resources and providing team members with clear direction and supervision, as well as determining priorities and ensuring deadlines are met.

Knowledge and experience
The successful applicant will have:
• an understanding of contemporary issues and/or protocols affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
• demonstrated experience in managing biosecurity operations or equivalent operational experience
• demonstrated experience in project/program management or achieving project deliverables.


The successful applicant must:
• hold and maintain a valid Australian motor vehicle drivers licence
• obtain and maintain an Airport Security Identification Card (ASIC) and Maritime Security Identification Card (MSIC)
• meet Department of Agriculture and Water Resources health and security requirements
• wear appropriate protective personal equipment and clothing to comply with departmental Work Health & Safety policies and procedures
• note that the physical requirements of the role(s) involve a combination of outdoor and office-based work
• note that relocation assistance is subject to negotiation.


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Non-ongoing opportunity will be offered for a specified term

Please note that this is a non-ongoing employment opportunity. Employment will be offered for an initial period of 18 months with the possibility of extension up to a maximum period of 3 years in total.

The filling of this vacancy is intended to constitute an affirmative measure under section 8(1) of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975. This vacancy is only available to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.

For more information:

Desley Darby, (07) 4241 7946

Position number:

Vacancy N.N. 10735992

Agency website:

Department of Agriculture and Water Resources website