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Regulatory Compliance Officer

Regulatory Compliance Officer

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We are looking for an experienced compliance officer to join the Food Incident Response team as a part of the Biosecurity & Food Safety branch of the NSW Department of Primary Industries.

  • Full time ongoing role available
  • Located at Newington NSW
  • Salary from $68,975 to $112,849p.a. + superannuation. (Food Safety Officer Grades 1-3)

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.

What you will be doing?

The Food Incident Response & Complaints team plays a critical role in responding to and addressing food safety risk and compliance in NSW. As a Food Incident Response & Complaints Officer, you will be part of the Compliance & Integrity Systems team within the Biosecurity & Food Safety Branch of NSW DPI. DPI Biosecurity & Food Safety is responsible for regulating and monitoring food safety and biosecurity across NSW.

In this role, you will be assisting and undertaking compliance inspections and investigations of NSW based food businesses to address food safety risks and maximise compliance in respect to food safety and legislation.  The role is varied, with a focus on responding to and investigating potential food safety risks.

Working as a Regulatory Compliance Officer you will:

  • inspect a variety of food businesses across the Sydney Metropolitan area
  • prepare inspection reports and make recommendations on investigations and inspections
  • initiate enforcement action where appropriate
  • provide information and recommendations to business owners
  • engage with industry stakeholders to facilitate compliance
  • work within delegation and in accordance with established policies, procedures and protocols to create consistency and transparency across compliance activities
  • interpret and keep up to date with current and new legislation, policies and procedures
  • conduct food incident investigations, including outbreak investigations as required across NSW
  • assist in NSW emergency management of food and biosecurity incidents as required across NSW

What you need to be successful in this role: 

  • Tertiary qualifications in Science or Food Technology, or a related discipline
  • Demonstrated practical experience in food regulation
  • Previous experience in foodborne illness investigations highly desirable
  • Excellent knowledge of Food legislation, including the Food Standards Code and Food Act 2003 (NSW)
  • Practical knowledge of food safety, food technology and food microbiology.
  • Experience undertaking a range of compliance related activities in a sensitive and complex environment
  • Current NSW Driver Licence & ability and willingness to travel throughout NSW at short notice when required
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a dynamic and high-volume environment with strict deadlines
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written with an eye for detail

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 Anne McIntosh at anne.mcintosh@dpie.nsw.gov.au. View role description.      

Applications close on Sunday, 5 February 2023 11:55pm

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. The successful applicant in this role may be required to undergo a police check, health assessment and other assessments as required.

The salary offered to the successful candidate will be commensurate with qualifications, skills and experience, as outlined in the Crown Employees (Department of Industry, Skills and Regional Development) Food Safety Officers Award and the NSW DPI Professional Officer Progression Criteria.

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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