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Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment
Position Level: 
Executive Level 1
$107,933 to $116,090
Canberra ACT
Job type: 
Closing date: 
18 May 2021
To event remaining 12 days

Who we are 
The Agvet Chemicals, Fisheries, Forestry and Engagement Division develops and implements policies that support continual improvement and innovation in managing and regulating Agvet chemicals, fisheries and forestry. We are also developing an AG2030 strategy, assisting with COVID-19 recovery and improving rural and regional activities. The division engages with a wide range of stakeholders throughout Australia and internationally. The division delivers strategic policy advice and reform, delivers grants and industry assistance programs, undertakes legislative reform and plays a leading role in international negotiations. Roles with the division will provide successful applicants with the opportunity to make meaningful and influential contributions to key policy areas in the future of Australian agriculture.

The Agvet Chemicals and Forestry Branch works to improve existing agvet chemicals regulation, contributes to international and domestic agvet chemicals policy and delivers policy advice and programs in support of Australia’s sustainable and internationally competitive forest industries. The work of the branch contributes to sustainable pest and disease management practices, including supporting Australian producers to access safe and effective products and maintain markets for their treated produce. We provide advice and support to the department’s executive and Ministers (including an Assistant Minister for Fisheries and Forestry) on agvet chemical and forestry issues. We are also responsible for actions to combat illegal logging and its associated trade and the development and implementation of government responses to independent reviews. The branch works with a wide range of stakeholders from industry, community, state governments, other Commonwealth agencies, foreign trading partners and multilateral organisations.

The Fisheries Branch provides policy advice to the government (including the Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries) on matters regarding commercial, recreational and Indigenous fishing in Australia. The branch has the aim of promoting the development of fisheries in Australia consistent with the principles of ecologically sustainable development for the benefit of the Australian community. This includes the intersection of Australia’s marine security agenda, and Australian fishing interests with domestic and international marine environment obligations and initiatives. The Branch works with state and territory governments and the fishing industry to deliver on fisheries policy and with the Australian Fisheries Management Authority which has the legislative remit to operationalise fisheries policy. 

The Ag2030, COVID-19 and Engagement Branch supports the department’s advice to Ministers and delivery of cross-cutting work including Ag2030, COVID-19 recovery, industry engagement and rural and regional matters. Our work supports the departmental objective to assist industry to grow to a $100 billion agricultural sector by 2030, with other departmental objectives and accompanying workstreams supporting industry growth, productivity and the sustainable use of natural resources. Through engagement functions, including support for the Agriculture Ministers’ Meeting and Senior Officials, and the Senior Industry Engagement Officer and supporting team, we are building departmental capability to better connect with, and understand, our stakeholders, partners and communities – including with a rural and regional lens.

Key duties

The Jobs
Key duties will include all or some of the following:

  • Leading and developing small teams and practicing inclusive leadership.
  • Providing high-level analysis across a range of complex issues.
  • Managing and developing well-researched policy and complex policy advice that aligns with the strategic objectives for various decision-making bodies, senior management and other decision makers.
  • Developing, interpreting and applying complex legislation.
  • Liaising and negotiating with internal, external and international stakeholders (industry, governments and others) through change, resolving conflict and managing sensitivities.
  • Preparing reports, briefing papers, speeches, discussion papers and ministerial correspondence.

Please note that this recruitment process will be used to fill multiple vacancies across the three branches listed above. The merit pool established through this selection process, which is valid for a period of 12 months from the date the vacancy was advertised in the Public Service Gazette, may also be used to fill future ongoing vacancies in the division where the duties are of a similar nature.


What we are looking for
Knowledge and experience
The successful applicants will have all or some of the following: 

  • Strong public policy experience and capability (either across the department or other agencies) including the ability to investigate and source key information to support decision making (highly desirable). 
  • Experience supervising staff, getting the best out of people and building a team. 
  • Experience navigating government processes. 
  • Experience in developing and amending legislation.


On 30 May 2021 the salary range for these positions will increase to $110,092 - $118,412.

The filling of this vacancy is intended to constitute an affirmative measure under section 8(1) of the 'Racial Discrimination Act 1975'. This vacancy is only available to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait people.RecruitAbility applies to this vacancy. Under the RecruitAbility scheme you will be invited to participate in further assessment activity for the vacancy if you choose to apply under the scheme; declare you have a disability; and meet the minimum requirements for the job. For more information visit: https://www.apsc.gov.au/recruitability

For more information: 
Joseph Morrall
(02) 6272 4442
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