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Principal Investigator

Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

Perth, Western Australia, Australia

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Job Posted: 12/07/2018

Job Category:

Legal / Government

Job description:
  • Executive Level 1 (Policy & Technical) - $97,035 - $109,491
  • Perth, WA - 24 Fricker Rd, Perth International Airport, WA 6105
  • Contact Officer: Mark Passmore (08) 9334 1590

The Compliance Division manages biosecurity and imported food risks by establishing and undertaking effective compliance approaches in line with the department's Biosecurity Compliance Statement and regulatory responsibilities across the department's portfolio. Compliance Division also undertakes enforcement functions for the department across all its regulatory jurisdictions.

The Enforcement and Sanctions Branch is responsible for undertaking regulatory, investigative and enforcement actions associated with biosecurity, food safety, export operations, illegal logging, the Water Efficiency Labelling Scheme and portfolio issued grants. The branch is also responsible for policy and advice associated with enforcement and regulatory practice as well as the implementation of enforcement related sanctions underpinned by new portfolio legislation.

The work of the Enforcement Section includes supporting operational streams within the regulatory environment and conducting complex and protracted investigations into serious criminal offending, and associated punitive action. Prosecution outcomes include substantial fines and terms of imprisonment, as appropriate. Investigation teams are located around Australia and investigations often have a national and, at times, transnational focus. This work is supported by collaborative arrangements with other state and commonwealth regulators as well as law enforcement agencies.

The Job
Under limited direction, the Principal Investigator is responsible for:

• managing and conducting investigation into alleged breaches of portfolio and other relevant Commonwealth legislation, including significant, complex and protracted matters
• preparing, checking and presenting briefs of evidence for criminal and civil proceedings
• driving innovation and contributing to the continuous improvement of Enforcement business outcomes, including the development and implementation of Enforcement strategies and policies
• establishing and maintaining effective and productive relationships with departmental staff, counterparts in other agencies and industry groups
• representing Enforcement and the department at a range of internal and external fora
• taking part in various proactive strategies to promote and encourage voluntary compliance in a regulatory environment
• managing and developing a professional investigation team
• providing support to the regions Enforcement Director
• identifying risks and vulnerabilities to the department’s operating environment and providing reporting to senior management and departmental risk owners.

Knowledge and experience
Applicants should have experience in law enforcement and/or a regulatory agency, and will need to demonstrate contemporary criminal investigations and investigation management skills and competence.

Skills and capabilities
The Principal Investigator must maintain a high level of integrity, confidentiality, possess strong interpersonal, communication and analytical skills, and show initiative, good judgment and be able to multi-task while achieving results in a challenging and dynamic environment.

Mandatory qualifications
Possession of a Diploma in Government Investigations or the ability to achieve this qualification within 12 months of engagement is essential.

Eligibility/Other requirements
This position requires a Negative Vetting Level 1 security clearance. The successful applicant will be required to obtain and maintain a clearance at this level. To be eligible for employment with the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, an applicant must be an Australian citizen. An applicant's suitability for employment with the department will be assessed through a pre-employment screening process. This process includes a requirement for the applicant to undergo and satisfy a National Police Check, referee checks, character clearance and where relevant a pre-employment medical assessment, specified mandatory qualification(s) validation and a probation period of 6 months. Any applicant that, in the course of their work, requires unescorted access within an aviation or maritime security zone will be required to obtain and maintain an Aviation Security Identification Card (ASIC) or Maritime Security Identification Card (MSIC).

The successful applicant 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
• note that the physical requirements of the role(s) involve a combination of outdoor and office-based work
• obtain and maintain an ASIC and MSIC Licence
• note that relocation assistance is subject to negotiation.

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