Department of Regional NSW
Animal, Wallaby, Kangaroo, Mammal, Wildlife, Antelope

Policy Officer Aquaculture

Policy Officer Aquaculture

  • 495308
  • Environmental
  • Policy
  • 6-month, full time employment
  • Taylors Beach location
  • Offering an attractive salary ranging from $97,443 - $107,864 + super 


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 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.


DPI Fisheries, a Branch of NSW DPI, is responsible for administration of the Fisheries Management Act 1994 and the Marine Estate Management Act 2014. The primary objective of the Fisheries branch is to deliver on expectations relating to both economic growth and careful stewardship of our aquatic resources. The Branch leads NSW fisheries and aquaculture industry management, development and conservation through research, policy and regulatory compliance to foster sustainable and economically viable commercial, recreational and aboriginal fishing and aquaculture sectors. The Branch manages the protection of key fish habitats and marine biodiversity, threatened species, oversees fish stock conservation.


What will you be doing:

This role will be responsible to develop and implement operational and administrative policies that support and promote the NSW aquaculture industry and ensure the effective governance of the industry in accordance with legislation and government policy.


Working as a Policy Officer Aquaculture you will: 

  • Identify potential regulatory issues and make recommendations for legislative amendments to improve the effectiveness, currency and consistency of the NSW aquaculture legislative framework.
  • Undertake research and industry development activities to promote viable aquaculture industries and ensure efficient governance of the NSW aquaculture industry.
  • Provide advice to the department, other agencies, prospective aquaculture farmers and the public in general to promote viable aquaculture industries.
  • Review applications for aquaculture leases and permits to ensure the department meets its statutory environmental assessment obligations.
  • Prepare correspondence, reports, briefs and other forms of written advice for senior staff to assist decision making.
  • Represent the department at a range of forums where complex issues and conflicting objectives are presented, and negotiate outcomes consistent with departmental objectives and established policy


What you need to be successful as a Policy Officer Aquaculture:

  • Tertiary qualifications and/or experience in fisheries, aquaculture or related discipline
  • Current driver’s license and capacity to travel to regional centres in NSW requiring overnight stays


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.

Apply now:

All applications must be submitted online and should include your current resume and a cover letter telling us why you’re a great fit.

If you would like to hear more about this role, please contact Graeme Bowley on 02 4916 3845 or alternatively  Click here to view the role description.

Applications close on Thursday 29th July 2021 @ 11.55pm

A recruitment pool may be created for ongoing and temporary roles of the same role or role type that may become available for filling over the next eighteen months.


Closing date: Jul 29, 2021

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