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

Aquatic Veterinary Policy and Program Officer

Aquatic Veterinary Policy and Program Officer

  • 494104
  • Environmental
  • Full time contract for 12 months
  • Port Stephens location
  • Professional Officer Grade 1/4


Our Department is 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.

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.

The Aquatic Biosecurity team (within the NSW Department of Primary Industries) are looking for a passionate and talented professional to assist with the prevention and management of aquatic pests and diseases throughout NSW.

As an Aquatic Veterinary Policy and Program Officer you’ll be joining a group of professionals who are committed to protecting the NSW economy, human health and the environment from problems associated with aquatic pests, diseases and saltwater weeds.

Working in partnership with internal and external stakeholders, you’ll be providing innovative solutions to current and emerging aquatic biosecurity problems, and be pivotal to the delivery of key aquatic biosecurity projects & emergency response functions, supporting the delivery of priority projects in the Aquatic Biosecurity Program, as well as in responding to the Aquatic Biosecurity hotline for emerging pest and disease issues.

Carrying out a wide range of research, analysis, reporting and project activities which support the delivery of projects, policy, standards and procedures in aquatic biosecurity (pest and disease) you’ll be:


  • Undertaking field based data collection activities, evidence collation and analysis, options and solution development, evaluation of outcomes and internal and external stakeholder and community consultation
  • Analysing, developing and promoting appropriate aquatic biosecurity and aquatic animal health solutions, policy positions (including the development of policy options) and programs to address existing and emerging issues
  • Preparing a range of project or policy related documents such as briefs, reports, status updates and discussion papers.
  • Supporting the team in planning, preparedness and operational responses to aquatic biosecurity emergencies, to assist in the delivery of a coordinated and effective response during a biosecurity emergency event, including taking part in the duty on-call rotation.


To be successful in this role you’ll need to have:

  • Degree in Veterinary Science and registered to practice in NSW under the Veterinary Practice Act (essential)
  • Experience in biosecurity risk management, in particular aquatic animal health management preferred.
  • A broad understanding of the issues facing the aquatic biosecurity sector and knowledge of the relevant policy and legislative frameworks.
  • Demonstrated experience in project management (delivering small, medium and large projects and milestones) combined with an understanding of technical risk analysis.
  • Proven experience contributing to team discussion, developing professional relationships with varying stakeholders and a knack for creating solutions to aquatic biosecurity problems.
  • The ability to think laterally and respond quickly to unexpected changes in priorities.
  • A talent for working both autonomously as well as part of a team.
  • A valid NSW Driver Licence as well as the ability and willingness to travel throughout the State, undertake fieldwork and present information on behalf of the team at various forums is also required.


Please note: The salary range for this position is $64,779pa to $86,430pa (commensurate with qualifications, skills and experience, as outlined in the Crown Employees (Department of Industry, Skills and Regional Development) Professional Officers Award and the NSW DPI Professional Officer Progression Criteria) plus superannuation.

How to Apply:
Simply submit your application electronically via the online application process, attaching a resume and cover letter outlining how your skills and experience match what we are looking for, and we will get back in touch after the closing date.

Closing Date:  Thursday 20th May 2021 @ 11:55pm

For further information please contact Melissa Walker  You can also download the role description.

Additional Information:
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.

Closing date: May 20, 2021

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