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Sarah Tamasi

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Canberra
Government Policy Programs and Projects
Hourly Rate Contract
Analysis
Policy

POSTED 11th Feb, 2020   REF NO. BBBH10604

8 x APS6 Veterinary Officers

The Organisation:

Our client is a federal government department that develops and implements policies and programs to ensure Australia’s agricultural, fisheries, food, environment and fore​stry indust​ries remain competitive, profitable and sustainable. This department has excellent career opportunities for someone looking to pursue a career in agriculture, biosecurity, environment and sustainability.

The Opportunity:

There are numerous opportunities for veterinarians that are registered (or eligible for registration) to take on 6-12 month contracts to have a direct impact on biosecurity policy and animal health.

Working to maintain and enhance trade and market access for animals and animal products, you would undertake risk analyses for animals and animal products (terrestrial, avian and aquatic) and assess applications for the import of live animals, biological materials and animal genetic material.

This is an amazing opportunity for vets who would like to move away from clinical work to transfer their skills to policy, regulation and compliance work that still has a direct positive impact to animal health.

The Role:

Veterinary Officers fulfil a broad range of duties within the Division. This could include providing veterinary and technical analysis and advice, managing or contributing to the management of complex projects and/or issues relevant to animal health, public health and biosecurity.

The role may include supervision and management of other staff and contractors preparing scientific and technical advice.

Typical duties of a Veterinary Officer could include:

  • Researching, analysing and interpreting complex scientific information to develop and review policy and resolve technical market access issues for animals and animal products
  • Contributing to projects to improve Australia’s preparedness for and capacity to detect and respond to outbreaks of emerging and emergency animal diseases
  • Undertaking biosecurity regulatory functions including exercising delegations under the Biosecurity Act 2015 to grant, refuse, suspend and revoke import permits
  • Reviewing and updating technical work instructions for operational staff that undertake frontline biosecurity related functions
  • Preparing changes to the department’s import conditions database (BICON) and other online material
  • Undertaking internal and external auditing activities.

The Person:

The successful candidates must possess a Bachelor of Veterinary Science (or registrable equivalent) and must be currently registered, or be willing and able to register, and maintain full registration with a relevant Australian Veterinary Board during employment in the position.

You will ideally have the following skills and experience:

  • Knowledge or understanding of animal pests and diseases affecting Australia’s animal and animal product import and export trades
  • Knowledge or understanding of Australia’s animal biosecurity system
  • Ability to undertake analysis of a veterinary, scientific and technical nature, and use this analysis to develop solutions to complex problems
  • A working knowledge of legislative frameworks, government decision-making and regulation
  • The ability to research, analyse and prepare accurate, complex reports in a government context.

Ideally, you would possess effective interpersonal skills in order to engage with stakeholders and build strong working relationships. You would be able to use your well developed communication skills to convey complex technical information in a clear, concise and articulate manner. You demonstrate a commitment to supporting a collaborative team environment.

Due to security requirements, the successful candidate must be an Australian citizen and eligible to pass a national police check.

The Salary/Rate:

A competitive hourly rate of $52 – $59 per hour + 9.5% super will be offered to the preferred candidate, depending on experience.

Please note, this rate includes casual leave loading in lieu of sick and annual leave.

To apply online, please click on the appropriate link. Alternatively, for a confidential discussion, please contact Sarah Tamasi on 02 6108 4878, quoting Ref No. 10604


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