Department of Regional NSW
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Compliance Investigations Officer

Compliance Investigations Officer

  • 499142
  • Regulatory and Compliance

Department of Primary Industries, Biosecurity and Food Safety division are currently seeking an experienced Compliance Investigations Officer responsible for investigations and management of compliance across a variety of industry sectors.

  • Ongoing full-time opportunity
  • Located in Newington NSW
  • Offering a salary range from $114,933.00p.a. to $124,901.00 + superannuation

We encourage applicants from all backgrounds including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, culturally and linguistically diverse groups, the LGBTIQ+ community, veterans, refugees, and people with disability. We support an inclusive workplace where staff have access to opportunities and resources at all levels, enabling our team members to drive innovation, productivity and delivery of high-quality services.

We provide dignified access to reasonable adjustments both during the recruitment process and in the workplace. If you require reasonable adjustment during the recruitment process, please call or text the contact for this role.

About Us 

The Department of Regional NSW (DRNSW) was formed in 2020 as a central agency for regional issues. The Department has responsible for building resilient regional economies and communities, strengthening primary industries, managing the use of regional land, overseeing the state’s mineral and mining resources and ensuring government investment in regional NSW is fair and delivers positive outcomes for local communities and businesses.

The NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) supports the development of profitable primary industries that create a more prosperous NSW and contributes to a better environment through the sustainable use of natural resources.

Within NSW DPI, the Biosecurity & Food Safety division is responsible for effective management and risk minimisation of biosecurity threats to NSW as well as the through-chain regulation of food safety. It 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

This role is responsible for the investigation and management of compliance across a variety of industry sectors by developing targeted compliance projects, and leading special investigations in response to serious, complex, or sensitive matters to contribute to the achievement of the agency objectives.

 Working as a Compliance Investigations Officer you will:

  • Perform a range of high level compliance and enforcement activities to ensure industry and community compliance with all facets of the relevant Acts, Regulations, standards and codes of practices in accordance with the objectives of the Department.
  • Lead and assist with special investigations into breaches of relevant legislation and exercise a high degree of judgment, applying an objective, evidence and risk-based approach to enable effective, timely and proportionate enforcement action that complies with departmental policies, procedures and protocols.
  • Provide clear, accurate, straightforward and timely information, advice, and assistance to businesses and engage with industry stakeholders to facilitate compliance.
  • Work in close collaboration with other compliance officers across operational units to ensure that regulatory services and compliance activities are undertaken in an effective, efficient and consistent manner, in accordance with to the Branch work program.
  • Lead and work as part of a team to research, develop and conduct, a range of compliance projects and programs that contribute to the implementation of Compliance Unit strategies and the achievement of departmental objectives through delivering high quality outcomes on time and within budget.
  • Provide high level, accurate, timely and appropriate information, technical advice, briefings, recommendations and reports to inform decision making by the Manager, Compliance Investigations, industry stakeholders and Executive management.

Essential requirements

  • Experience in a regulatory environment and/or relevant tertiary qualifications
  • Current Class C Driver Licence
  • Ability and willingness to travel throughout NSW and interstate as required; and work outside normal working hours to achieve outcomes at short notice to deal with a range of issues

All Department of Regional NSW employees are required:

  • To be fully vaccinated of a TGA approved COVID-19 vaccine or
  • An approved ongoing medical contraindication.

You will be required to show proof of your COVID-19 vaccination status or apply for a medical exemption prior to securing a role.

Apply now:

All applications must be submitted online and should include your current resume and a cover letter outlining your suitability for this position.

If you would like to hear more about this role, please contact Lachlan Porteous at View the role description.

Applications close on Thursday, 19 May 2022 11:55pm

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.

Why work for Department of Regional NSW (DRNSW)? 

Exciting career pathways and opportunities 

We offer vibrant and exciting career paths for people from a wide range of backgrounds and skills. Once you join the NSW Government, you’ll be supported to develop your skills and expertise through ongoing training, and opportunities to move easily from role to role, and agency to agency across the entire NSW Government. 


Providing a safe, supportive, ethical, diverse and inclusive workplace for our people is one of our priorities. We run a variety of programs and provide a range of supporting resources to ensure the wellbeing of all our people. 

Our people

Join DRNSW and you’ll be joining a team of more than 4,000 passionate people spread across a diverse range of disciplines and functions including - public works, land services, fisheries, agriculture and biosecurity. If you’re motivated and passionate about making a difference to the people of Regional NSW we invite you to become part of our story.

Inclusion and Flexible Working

We strive to reflect the community we serve and encourage our people to explore new ways of working across Regional NSW. We are open to arrangements that help individuals balance their work and life commitments. We embrace difference and welcome applications from people of all backgrounds.

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