Biosecurity Officers – Maritime Operations – NSW

Department of Agriculture, Fisheries & Forest

Full time
Perth WA
Posted 2 months ago

Biosecurity officer positions are highly sought after and a popular place for investigators. This position is ideal for those holding a Certificate III in Investigative Services or a Certificate IV in Government (Investigations).

The Jobs

The maritime environment is a diverse and dynamic working environment. As part of the maritime team, your responsibilities will include the delivery of biosecurity operations regulatory functions within the maritime working environment. In this role, you will be required to conduct a full range of inspection activities onboard commercial and non-commercial vessels as well as cruise vessels and military vessels.

The duties and responsibilities of this role include:

  • conducting complex assessments to manage and monitor risks associated with the arrival of international vessels (including commercial, non-commercial, cruise and military) using internal systems such as the Maritime Arrivals Reporting System and the Scheduling Workload and Management System
  • conducting biosecurity inspections and surveillance within the maritime working environment to determine compliance with the relevant legislation
  • providing timely and accurate advice on complex biosecurity matters to internal and external stakeholders (including the maritime industry and other government partners)
  • applying your technical expertise, in conjunction with sound judgement, to make decisions in accordance with relevant legislation and regulations
  • prioritising tasks including adapting to changing and competing priorities
  • applying a flexible approach to problem solving and using your initiative whilst working with a degree of independence
  • building and sustaining supportive, collaborative and effective working relationships
  • promoting and modelling behaviour in accordance with the APS Values, Employment Principles and Code of Conduct
  • promoting and complying with departmental Work Health and Safety and rehabilitation policies and guidelines.

Please note that this recruitment process will be used to fill multiple vacancies across the two locations listed above. The merit pool established through this selection process, which is valid for a period of 18 months from the date the vacancy was advertised in the Public Service Gazette, may also be used to fill future ongoing vacancies in the branch where the duties are of a similar nature.

What we are looking for

Knowledge and experience

Experience working with a range of stakeholders.

Eligibility and other requirements

The successful applicants must:

  • hold and maintain a valid Australian motor vehicle drivers licence
  • note that the physical requirements of the role(s) involve a combination of outdoor and office-based work
  • note that the position will require them to participate in an on-call roster (for which an appropriate restriction allowance will be paid) and be available to perform duty outside standard hours
  • note that you will be required to perform occasional out-of-hours and weekend work
  • wear an official uniform supplied by the department, including during field operations (as applicable), in accordance with the department’s uniform policy
  • wear appropriate protective personal equipment and clothing to comply with departmental Work Health & Safety policies and procedures
  • note that they must complete the department’s Biosecurity Foundation Program and meet the minimum requirements in order to be appointed as a Biosecurity Officer under the Biosecurity Act 2015
  • note that the Biosecurity Foundation Program includes a 2-week period of full-time training at the Biosecurity Training Centre located in Wagga Wagga, NSW and that travel for this training is fully funded by the department.

Job Reference 2022/7146

Job Features

Job CategoryInspections, Risk, Security, Surveillance

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