Policy Officer, Plant Biosecurity

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.

The Department is committed to building a culture where we say 'yes' to flexible work arrangements, and support ways of working that help employees balance work and home life. The Department is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds.

The Department strongly encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The Department offers reasonable adjustments for applicants with disabilities on request.
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Department: Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources
Work Type: Fixed Term - Flexible
Job Function: Policy
Classification: VPSG4
Work Location: Melbourne - Northern Metro
Reference: VG/020553
Closing Date: 25-Feb-2018
Salary Range: $81,354 - $92,304
Job Duration: until December 2018
Attachments: 020553 VPS-4 Policy Officer - Plant Biosecurity PD 050218.doc (Word, 168KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Rowena Giles
03 5624 2266

Position Details


  • $91,354 - $92,304 (Plus Superannuation)
  • Fixed Term untill November 2018
  • Usual hours of work: Full Time (flexibility may be available)
  • Usual work location: Attwood (flexibility may be available)

The position of Policy Officer, Plant Biosecurity is part of Agriculture, Food and Fibre Division's Biosecurity Operations Branch in the Employment, Investment and Trade Group.

The Employment, Investment and Trade Group delivers programs and services to grow the Victorian economy.  Its focus is on creating jobs and raising incomes through industry development, targeted investment and increasing the export value of Victorian firms.

The Policy Officer, Plant Biosecurity, will focus on developing appropriate policy and legislation for plant pests and diseases in Victoria and provide advice, reports and briefings on complex issues for senior departmental staff.  You will –

  • manage a subordinate legislation program;
  • contribute to regulatory policy development;
  • provide advice on regulatory arrangements and conditions for movement of plant products and equipment into and within Victoria;
  • interpret and provide accurate, timely and reliable advice on plant health legislation; and
  • develop and maintain networks with key stakeholders.

As the successful applicant for this position, you will have knowledge and understanding of plant biosecurity in Australia including key issues, relevant stakeholders and regulatory requirements and proven knowledge and skills in development of policy and legislation in the regulatory and compliance field, particularly in relation to plant biosecurity.

For a confidential discussion, please call Rowena Giles, Senior Policy Officer – Plant Biosecurity on 03 5624 2266.

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

For further information on the position, please see the attached position description.  To apply, please click the ‘Apply Now' button below.  All applications must address the Key Selection Criteria outlined in the position description.

Applications close at midnight on 25th February 2018 and must address the Key Selection Criteria outlined in the Position Description.

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