Program Manager - Animal Health and Welfare Compliance

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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Department: Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Agriculture / Primary Industry
Classification: VPSG6
Work Location: Negotiable
Reference: VG/021560A
Closing Date: 27-Sep-2018
Salary Range: $116,863 - $156,387
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: 021560 PD - Program Manager - AHW Compliance - Sept 2018.docx (Word, 133KB)


Contact: Leanne Rosewall
(03) 5430 4812

Position Details

  • $116,863 - $156,387 (Plus Superannuation)
  • Ongoing 
  • Usual hours of work: Full Time (flexibility may be available)
  • Usual work location: Flexible outside of Melbourne CBD (flexibility may be available)

The position of Program Manager – Animal Health and Welfare Compliance forms a part of the Biosecurity and Agriculture Services in Agriculture Victoria Branch within Employment, Investment and Trade Group

The Program Manager – Animal Health and Welfare Compliance is a key leadership role in Agriculture Victoria. Reporting to the Director Animal Health and Welfare the position leads and promotes the vision, values and strategic direction of all livestock disease control and animal welfare compliance activities. The position plays a key role in ensuring Animal Health and Welfare (AHW) staff maintain a high standard of competency in carrying out their duties, particularly in relation to their legislative responsibilities. The Program Manager will represent AHW and liaise with internal and external stakeholders in a range of forums related to the regulatory activities of the Unit.

The Program Manager -Animal Health and Welfare Compliance will work in partnership with Regional Managers, Senior Veterinary Officers and other compliance leaders in the Biosecurity and Agriculture Services Branch (BAS) in the development and implementation of projects and standards for the management of compliance activities.  The position will also make a substantial individual contribution to policy development and strategic planning, as well as undertaking key roles in emergency animal disease and natural disaster response.

The position will supervise four staff and their teams to progress matters to court and build the AHW programs investigation skills.  The position will monitor activities described in their work plans for progress against specified targets and ensure state-wide consistency of delivery of legislative and investigation standards.  The Compliance Unit and AHW regional staff deliver services that contribute to protecting and improving market access for Victorian livestock and livestock products.

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 branch, involving

  • Management of animal welfare risks 
  • Animal disease surveillance
  • Domestic and Export certification for livestock and livestock products
  • National Livestock Identification System monitoring and auditing
  • Preparedness and response to animal disease outbreaks
  • Response to animal welfare issues

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

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 Leanne Rosewall, A/Director Animal Health and Welfare on (03) 5430 4812.

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 27 September 2018 and must address the Key Selection Criteria outlined in the Position Description.


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