Department of Regional NSW
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Communications Officer (Disability targeted position)

Communications Officer (Disability targeted position)

  • 500411
  • Media, Publicity and Communications
  • Disability targeted recruitment process
  • 12 month temporary full time opportunity
  • Hybrid work environment available - all regional NSW locations considered
  • Salary from $99,431.00 p.a. + superannuation

Diversity and inclusion are core values of the Department of Regional NSW. We encourage applications from people with a range of backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. This includes differences in culture, gender, sexual orientation, language and disability status or other attributes. The Department of Regional NSW is a workplace where everyone is able to contribute and participate to their full potential, and we are proud to have a team that reflects the richness and complexity of the regional NSW communities we serve.

Please note: This position is targeted to people who identify as having a Disability.

Part of the Department of Regional NSW, the NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) Biosecurity & Food Safety division is seeking a Communications Officer to join their team. Responsible for effective management and risk minimisation of biosecurity threats to NSW as well as the through-chain regulation of food safety, NSW DPI Biosecurity & Food Safety delivers a risk-based approach to policy and compliance and provides regional engagement and coordination in response to emergency incidents impacting primary industries and the food sector.

About the role:
As a Communications Officer you will support the planning, development and implementation of strategic communications, including organisational and change communications, and assisting with internal and external communications for Government initiatives and programs.

With no day the same, some of your key accountabilities will include:

  • Supporting the development and implementation of communication strategies to position the branch positively with its audiences and support the management of complex issues that impact the organisation.
  • Preparing and editing written materials such as communications documents, in particular those building capacity and capability within the branch to communicate with target audiences.
  • Assisting with communications advice to ensure consistency of key messages and that the format for the delivery of information is relevant to the situation and audience.
  • Providing advice and guidance to staff about communication tools, including appropriate usage and appropriate innovation.
  • Participating as part of a multi-disciplinary, co-operative and collaborative communications team.

About you:
You’ll need to be at home working in a fast-paced environment, be an exceptional communicator and be comfortable dealing with change at short notice.  

You’ll enjoy variety, be able to juggle multiple competing priorities and have the confidence to work independently when required as well as part of a collaborative & supportive team.

Experience in a similar position would be ideal, however what’s more important is your passion, enthusiasm, attitude and ability.

Why work for us?
Putting it simply, at the Department of Regional NSW we are here to work hard for the people of regional NSW, and it is the people and communities of regional NSW that are at the heart of everything we do.

We are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive culture that is respectful, welcoming, and flexible –a workplace where our people feel supported, valued, and can bring their whole selves to work.

We support and promote flexible working arrangements and many roles offer a hybrid working environment, and we will soon be launching a Reasonable Adjustments Passport which will make it easier for our staff to request workplace adjustments.

We have been recognised as a Family Inclusive Employer by Family Friendly Workplaces and work closely with several partner organisations including the Australian Network on Disability, Carers NSW, Diversity Council Australia, Future Women and Pride in Diversity.

We have offices and teams across the state, and we look forward to working together with you, our regional communities, businesses, and industries. Afterall, no-one knows your region or town better than you!

How to Apply:
So, if you are keen to make a difference, have a passion working for and with regional NSW, and have the skills and experience we need for this role we want to hear from you! Just submit your current resume and a cover letter outlining your suitability for this position online.

Applications close on Wednesday 24th August 2022 11:55pm

If you would like to hear more about this role, please contact Geneveive Bonello at You can also read more about the position by downloading the role description.

If you require adjustments in completing your application, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, or otherwise participating in the recruitment selection process, please let us know so we can assist. You can contact Jodi Arthur, Disability Recruitment Specialist by phone, text, or email - 0438 740 588,

A talent pool may be created from this recruitment action for ongoing and temporary roles of the same standard that may become available for filling over the next eighteen months. The successful applicant in this role may be required to undergo a police check, health assessment and other assessments as required.

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