Sarah Tamasi

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Hourly Rate Contract

POSTED 18th Apr, 2019   REF NO. BBBH8580

APS6 Senior Assessing Officer - Animal Biosecurity

The Organisation:

Our client is a Federal Government Department that develops and implements policies and programmes to ensure Australia’s agricultural, fisheries, food and fore​stry indust​ries remain competitive, profitable and sustainable. With approximately 5000 staff nationwide, they have excellent career opportunities for someone looking to pursue a career in agriculture, biosecurity and sustainability.

The Opportunity:

An opportunity exists for an experienced APS6 to work in an area that implements the Australian Government’s animal-related biosecurity functions to allow for the safe movement of animals, animal products and genetic material into and out of Australia. With a 6 month contract available, this is a rare opportunity to secure meaningful long-term employment and make a difference to Australia’s animal health and welfare.

The Role:

Working in a small but collaborative team, you will report to a very supportive and well-liked manager and provide supervision and mentoring to APS4’s.

Duties will include:-

  • Act as a delegate of the Director of Biosecurity to assess, grant, refuse, suspend, and revoke import permit applications
  • Analyse and implement change, through management of projects, for processes and tools used by our staff and departmental colleagues to manage biosecurity risks
  • Train, support and lead junior team members
  • Coordinate the management of:
    • Import permit assessments
    • BICON content
    • Goods arriving without an import permit
    • Client enquiries and urgent requests
  • Contribute to development and maintenance of operational policy, procedures and communication material (including website and BICON content) to manage the importation of animal based food for human consumption and laboratory products
  • Liaise and negotiate with internal and external stakeholders including key industry groups
  • Provide advice to internal and external stakeholders on the management of compliance issues and detained consignments
  • Contribute to the development and maintenance of instructional material for central office and regional staff with a view to promoting national consistency and adherence to legislative requirements
  • Contribute to or lead audit and verification activities
  • Develop executive and ministerial briefings and correspondence.

The Person:

To be successful in this role, you will have a strong interest in biosecurity and be motivated to learn new tasks and work in a team orientated environment. In addition you will have the following:-

  • Demonstrated ability to negotiate and liaise with a range of internal and external stakeholders including clients, overseas organisations and colleagues
  • Demonstrated ability to undertake analysis of a scientific/technical nature and use this analysis to develop solutions to complex problems
  • Ability to build and maintain professional and constructive working relationships with colleagues and staff from other government bodies, external agencies and industry
  • Well-developed written and verbal communication skills with the capacity to convey complex technical information in a clear, concise and articulate manner
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Proven ability to manage projects and drive reform activities
  • Ability to use complex computer programs (including Microsoft packages and bespoke tools for commodity and workflow management)
  • Ability to work in accordance with relevant legislative and policy requirements
  • Knowledge of the principals of biosecurity and risk management, understanding of the Biosecurity Act 2015 would be highly regarded but is not essential
  • A science degree, preferably in animal related science; this is mandatory in order to be considered.
  • Australian Citizenship and the ability to successfully pass a national criminal history check are essential

The Salary:

An hourly rate of $60 + 9.5% superannuation will be offered to the successful candidate. Please note, this includes casual loading in lieu of annual and sick leave.

**Candidates who wish to be considered are required to complete a statement of claims (750 words maximum) outlining why they are interested in this position and why they believe that they have the skills, knowledge and experience to be considered for the role. Selection criteria is available by calling our office. Applications close COB 12th May 2019.

Contact: Sarah Tamasi 02 6108 4878 – ref #8580

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