Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

Canberra, Australia Capital Territory, Australia

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Job Posted: 12/09/2018

Job Category:

Executive / Government

Job description:
  • Executive Level 2 (Policy & Technical) - $119,424 - $138,736
  • Canberra, A.C.T - 7 London Cct, Canberra ACT 2601
  • Contact Officer: Jackie South (02) 6272 4990

The Biosecurity Animal Division works with Australian industries, governments and the community to strengthen Australia’s animal disease prevention, preparedness and response capabilities. The division works to maintain and enhance trade and market access for animals and animal products by undertaking risk analyses for the import of live animals and animal genetic material, and assessing applications to import those products. The division also provides scientific and technical support and undertakes negotiations to gain, maintain and improve access for the export of Australian animals and their genetic material.

The Animal and Biological Imports Branch implements biosecurity policies to allow for the safe movement of animals, animal products (including aquatic animals and their products) and genetic material into Australia. The activities of the branch include the provision of technical advice to staff, importers and stakeholders, development and publishing of import conditions, instructional material and other guidance material and assessing import permit applications and issuing import permits.

The Commodity Assurance and Seafood Imports Team monitors existing biosecurity import policies and conditions to ensure they remain effective in managing biosecurity risks. Verification work includes analysing trade, importer behaviour and risk profiling of commodity pathways. The team also plays a vital role in implementing and managing biosecurity arrangements for imported prawns, fish and other seafood products.

The Job
As a Director in the Animal and Biological Imports Branch, you will work with a dedicated group of officers who are committed to maintaining and improving Australia’s biosecurity system. The successful candidate will need to enjoy working in a fast-paced and changing work environment, display initiative, have sound judgement, and deliver quality work within tight deadlines. Key duties include:

1. Providing high level leadership to the Commodity Assurance and Seafood Imports Team to develop and implement a commodity based assurance model and manage biosecurity regulatory functions for seafood imports including import permit issuing.
2. Liaising broadly within the department and with external stakeholders such as state and Commonwealth agencies, overseas government organisations and importers on technical issues relating to Australia’s biosecurity arrangements for imports of animal and biological products.
3. Providing high level advice on biosecurity operational policies and procedures.
4. Planning, prioritising, managing resources and delivering outcomes in accordance with departmental goals and objectives.

Knowledge and experience
Knowledge or previous experience in any of the following would be an advantage:

• A comprehensive understanding of Australia’s biosecurity system, biosecurity concepts and the ability to interpret and apply relevant policy and legislation.
• Experience in a regulatory environment.
• An understanding of government processes and experience in preparing briefings, minutes and complex correspondence.
• Experience leading and developing technical teams in complex organisations.
• High level communication skills and the ability to work collaboratively in a complex organisation.

Skills and capabilities
• Demonstrated ability to work with a high level of autonomy under broad direction in a busy, dynamic and complex operational environment.
• Demonstrated ability to develop and meet objectives; deliver high quality results within tight deadlines.
• Ability to set strategic direction for the team, develop long-term plans and implement operational strategies to achieve departmental objectives.
• Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and make decisions within legislative and policy frameworks.
• Ability to effectively lead and inspire a sense of purpose and direction.

Mandatory qualifications
A tertiary qualification in a relevant area of biological, agricultural or environmental science is mandatory.

Eligibility/Other requirements
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).

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