Animal Health Officer - Swan Hill

The Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) is the Victorian Government’s lead agency for creating the conditions to sustainably develop the Victorian economy and grow employment. Our role is to increase jobs, investment, exports and opportunities; stimulate innovation, competitiveness, and confidence; and support sustainability.

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Job Details
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Department: Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources
Work Type: Fixed Term - Flexible
Job Function: Agriculture / Primary Industry
Classification: SciA
Work Location: North West - Swan Hill
Reference: VG/007012
Closing Date: 23-Oct-2017
Salary Range: $57,206 - $78,418
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: PD - AHW - AHO Swan Hill - Aug 2017.docx (Word, 146KB)


Contact: Anna Lalusis-Derks
03 5036 4830 or 0437 831 154

Position Details

Animal Health Officer

  • $57,206 - $71,502 (Plus Superannuation)
  • Fixed Term – 12 Months
  • Usual hours of work:  Full Time (flexibility may be available)
  • Usual work location: Swan Hill

The position of Animal Health Officer forms a part of the Agriculture Food & Fibre division, Agriculture Services and Biosecurity Operations branch within the Employment, Investment & Trade group.

As an Animal Health Officer you will work as a member of the Animal Health and Welfare Unit, to ensure the delivery of major animal health projects that include disease surveillance; livestock legislation and enforcement management; emergency preparedness and response; and traceability and auditing.

Animal Health Officers are required to fulfil surveillance and auditing roles which provide knowledge of the disease and residue status of Victoria's livestock industries. This information is a key component in maintaining access to markets for Victorian livestock and livestock products, and in mitigating the economic and social effects of disease and residue incidents in Victoria.

The successful applicant will work effectively as a member of a team, enjoy flexible working arrangements and undertake a wide variety of work across the division, involving;

  • Management  of animal welfare risks 
  • Disease surveillance
  • Domestic and Export certification
  • National Livestock Identification System auditing
  • Preparedness and response to animal disease outbreaks
  • Response to animal welfare issues

As part of an integrated and flexible business model within the Agriculture Services and Biosecurity Operations Branch, you may also provide support to other programs or other regions.

You must work effectively and cooperatively in a team environment and with other agencies such as Victoria Police, CFA, saleyard managers and livestock agents within the district.  You will establish strong working relationships with internal staff and various external stakeholders including private landowners, community and industry groups as well as local and state government agencies.

As this is a regulatory position, you will be required to conduct investigations and appear in court.  This position has responsibilities under the Livestock Disease Control Act 1994 (all livestock), the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986, the Stock (Seller Liability and Declaration) Act 1993, the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemical (Control of Use) Act 1992, the Food Act 1984 and the Livestock Management Act 2010. 

For a confidential discussion, please call Anna Lalusis-Derks, District Manager on 03 5036 4830 or mobile 0437 831 154.

Successful candidates will be required to undergo a National Police Records Check prior to commencing with the Department.

For further information on the position, please see the attached position description.  To apply, please click the ‘Apply Now' button below. 

Applications close at midnight on 23 October 2017 and must address the Key Selection Criteria outlined in the Position Description.


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