Senior Biosecurity Officer - Affirmative Measure

Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

APS Level 4 - $65,998 - $71,634

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

Melbourne - VIC; Sydney - NSW; Perth - WA; Adelaide - SA; Darwin - NT

Closing date: Wednesday, 19 December 2018

7 days to apply

Job description

Duties

The role of the Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources is to develop and implement policies and programs that ensure Australias agricultural, fisheries, food and forestry industries remain competitive, profitable and sustainable. As part of this, the department safeguards Australia’s animal and plant health status to maintain overseas markets and protect the economy and environment from the impact of exotic pests and diseases through risk assessment, inspection and certification, and the implementation of emergency response arrangements for Australian agricultural, food and fibre industries.

Inspection Services Group (ISG)
The ISG delivers regulatory inspection services to verify compliance with Australia’s biosecurity and export market requirements. ISG works as a team to anticipate risk and act quickly and effectively to protect our economy, environment and communities. Biosecurity Officers operate within a dynamic and risk-based environment to inspect people, goods, aircraft and ships (vessels) to safeguard Australias biosecurity and export markets. Biosecurity Officers are involved in the response to emerging risks and incidents pre-border, border and post-border.

ISG delivers services nationally and in Australia’s off-shore territories. ISG undertake risk assessment and inspection activities across import and export commodities and pathways at airports, seaports, mail centres, in-office locations and third-party premises. The department’s clients include individuals and businesses who import or export goods, brokerage and freight facilitation services, airlines, shipping lines and international travellers. Our clients range from individuals with one-off dealings with the department to professional couriers, freight transporters and importers/exporters.

The department routinely works with other Commonwealth Government departments and state and territory jurisdictions, including:

• Department of Home Affairs
• Department of Health
• Food Standards of Australia and New Zealand
• Department of Defence and overseas military forces
• Australian Federal Police
• Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission
• State and Territory equivalent agriculture and biosecurity jurisdictions

Duties within the Inspection Services Group
The main duties of the positions in ISG will include, but are not limited to:

• representing the department in undertaking a regulatory role to manage biosecurity through risk management and scientific based evidence
• performing a range of inspections on import and export goods, ships and aircraft and commercial cargo and commodities to confirm compliance with Australia’s biosecurity and export market requirements
• managing goods that do not comply with import/export requirements and capturing information to support evidence-based decisions
• representing the department whilst undertaking inspections and engaging directly with industry, passengers or stakeholders to explain procedures and processes
• assisting senior staff with technical, administrative and managerial support
• providing timely and accurate advice on complex biosecurity matters to peers, clients, senior managers and other government departments
• contributing to the continuous improvement in work practices and standard operating procedures
• identifying trends in biosecurity risks and escalating these to assist in targeting intelligence and risk-based activities

Assessment, Client and Quarantine Group (ACQ)
The ACQ deliver services to verify and manage compliance with Australia’s biosecurity and export market requirements. We work as a team to anticipate risk and act quickly and effectively to protect our economy, environment and communities. ACQ implement and influence operational policy and respond to strategic and emerging issues in a dynamic, risk-based environment, delivering regulatory services in accordance with legislation offshore, at the border and post-border.

ACQ has a national footprint, with work performed in most capital cities. Business lines within ACQ manage biosecurity risks and facilitate market access by performing document assessments for imports, exports and vessels; providing a central contact point for external clients to the department for inquiries and bookings; and delivering husbandry, and risk management services for imported animals and plants.

Our clients include individuals and businesses who import or export goods; and international travellers. Our clients range from individuals with one off or rare dealings with the department to professional couriers, freight transporters and importers / exporters who may deal with the department on a daily basis. We routinely work with several government bodies, including:

• Department of Home Affairs
• Department of Health
• Food Standards of Australia and New Zealand
• Department of Defence and overseas military forces

Duties within the Assessment, Client and Quarantine Group
The main duties of the positions in ACQ will include, but are not limited to:

• providing timely and accurate advice on complex biosecurity matters to employees, stakeholders/clients and senior managers
• resolving complex operational and technical matters
• liaising with clients and other government agencies
• providing on-the-job training and assisting and supporting other employees on biosecurity issues
• building and sustaining supportive, effective and collaborative relationships
• actively participating in and contributing to the department’s corporate objectives and supporting change management, including staff and client participation, consultation and cultural change
• providing technical, administrative and managerial support to senior staff
• Post Entry Quarantine (PEQ) roles within ACQ – in addition to the above duties these roles may also include undertaking a range of animal/plant husbandry duties to monitor animal/plant well-being, managing records related to animal/plant health, care, treatments and other administrative procedures.

Veterinary and Export Meat Services Group (VEMS)
VEMS undertakes regulatory functions by providing inspection and certification for the import and export of live animals and reproductive material and export meat and meat products in order to meet importing country requirements and Australian legislation.

The Live Animal Import and Export Team with VEMS delivers services to verify compliance with Australia’s biosecurity requirements for export and import of live animals and animal genetic material. The team includes Principal Veterinary Officers, Senior Veterinary Officers, Veterinary Officers and Biosecurity Officers. Our clients include individuals and businesses who import or export goods live animals and animal genetic material. Our clients range from individuals with one-off or rare dealings with the department to animal transport companies and importers/exporters who may deal with the department on a daily basis.

Duties within Veterinary and Export Meat Services Group
The main duties of the positions in VEMS will include, but are not limited to:

• undertaking a regulatory role to manage biosecurity through risk management and scientific based evidence
• inspecting animals and animal genetic material and the assessment of documentation to determine compliance with the relevant legislation
• maintaining a detailed knowledge of the work instructions and familiarity with the airside environment and relevant WHS requirements
• actively participating in ongoing learning and development activities to achieve personal, team and program objectives
• liaising and communicating clearly and concisely with internal and external stakeholders
• providing timely and accurate advice on biosecurity matters to other employees, stakeholders/clients, and senior managers
• resolving complex operational and technical matters
• assisting in all activities that support the team’s operational requirements which may include preparing documentation and general administrative functions
• building and sustaining supportive, effective and collaborative relationships
• actively participating in and contributing to the department’s corporate objectives and supporting change management, including staff and client participation, consultation and cultural change
• providing technical, administrative and managerial support to senior staff

Eligibility

The successful applicants must:

• hold and maintain a valid Australian motor vehicle drivers licence
• 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
• wear an official uniform supplied by the department
• note that the physical requirements of the role(s) involve a combination of outdoor and office based work
• note that the ability to perform shift work may be a requirement when applying for these positions
• obtain and maintain an Aviation Security Identification Card (ASIC) and a Maritime Security Identification Card (MSIC)
• note that for the roles in VEMS you may be required to undergo mandatory decontamination procedures that include decontamination of hands and shoes, wearing defined personal protective equipment, forfeiture of clothing for defined periods and full body showers.

Notes

On 7 February 2019 the salary range for this position will increase to $66,658 - $72,351.

Please note that after the application period has closed information sessions will be held for those applicants who are deemed suitable to progress to the next step of the assessment process. The information sessions will include details around the types of work available in the relevant regions (ie shift, non shift, full-time, part-time) as well as allowing applicants to seek further detail on the role of a Senior Biosecurity Officer in that particular location.

Non-ongoing opportunity will be offered for a specified term

Please note that this selection process will be used to fill multiple vacancies, both ongoing and non-ongoing, that exist in ISG, ACQ and VEMS. Non-ongoing positions will be offered for an initial period of 12 months with the possibility of extension up to a maximum of three years in total. Non ongoing (casual) contracts will be offered for periods of up to 2 years. Some of these non-ongoing position(s) may become ongoing in the next 12 months. Should a position become ongoing then the merit pool established through this selection process may be used to fill the vacancy on an ongoing basis. The merit pool established through this selection process, which is valid for a period of twelve months from the date the vacancy was advertised in the Gazette, may also be used to fill future ongoing non ongoing vacancies in the Division where the duties are of a similar nature.

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:

Trenn Ritchie, (08) 6232 7003

Position number:

Vacancy N.N. 10739719

Agency website:

Department of Agriculture and Water Resources website

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