Fisheries Officer (multiple roles)

As a statutory authority, the Victorian Fisheries Authority (VFA) has the responsibility of managing Victoria's fisheries resources in a coordinated and strategic way to ensure their ongoing sustainability, while supporting the value they deliver to the commercial, recreational, aquaculture and Indigenous fishing sectors. We work with government and stakeholders to optimise the social, cultural and economic benefits of Victoria’s fisheries and aquaculture industries, while promoting sustainable and responsible practices.

The VFA supports the development of sustainable recreational and commercial fishing and aquaculture activities in Victoria and delivers recreational fishing and boating infrastructure projects and programs. We are committed to getting more people fishing by creating opportunities for people of all abilities to try fishing; to making it safer, cheaper and easier for the boating and fishing communities to get out on the water; and to making local seafood more readily available for everyone to enjoy.

Our function is to ensure that the Government, Victorian fishing sector and general community obtain the benefits of careful management to ensure demand can be sustainably supported into the future. This is achieved by matching demand to fish stocking and infrastructure, while providing up to date information on resource condition and supporting regulatory requirements.
Job Details
Department: Victorian Fisheries Authority
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Agriculture / Primary Industry
Classification: VPSG3
Work Location: VIC - various
Reference: VG/102233
Closing Date: 07-Jul-2024
Salary Range: $74,580 - $90,558
Job Duration: 12 months
Attachments: PD_PD - VPS 3.1 - Fisheries Officer (cultural).doc (Word, 723KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Todd Bryant, Senior Project Officer
0429 227 678 or

Position Details


  • Salary: $74,580 - $82,571 (Plus Superannuation)
  • 12 months Fixed term
  • Usual hours of work: Full-time (flexibility may be available)
  • Usual work location: Altona, Braeside, Mornington, or Cowes

The Role

These roles are designated for persons of Vietnamese or Chinese descent. The filling of this position is intended to constitute a special/equal opportunity measure under section 8(1) of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth) and section 12 of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (Vic) and section 8(4) of the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 (Vic).

Fisheries Officers report to the Supervising Fisheries Officer as part of a compliance operations team. They are responsible for delivering the full range of Fisheries strategies, programs and services in their operational area and in state-wide operations and projects as required.

The Victorian Fisheries Authority (VFA) delivers a fully integrated fisheries compliance program that comprises prevention (community engagement and education), enforcement operations, intelligence collation and targeted investigations.  The VFA also contributes to public safety by acting as the control agency for shark hazards and supporting other agencies in the management of emergencies.

The position will also provide support and authoritative advice to the Supervising Fisheries Officer.

The Team

The VFA is a statutory authority established to facilitate the effective management of Victoria's fisheries resources in a coordinated and strategic way that ensures their ongoing sustainability.  The VFA functions to ensure that the Government, the recreational and commercial fishing sectors, and the Victorian community can share in and obtain the benefits from sustainable fisheries management.

The VFA has around 190 employees located in the Melbourne CBD, metropolitan Melbourne and across regional Victoria.

About you

  • Leadership skills including leads by example and sets the standards for high performance
  • Have operational effectiveness including conducting effective surveillance and field-based inspections (both commercial and recreational) and provides evidence in court
  • Be a team player by demonstrated ability to cooperate and work well with others in pursuit of team goals
  • Have professionalism by representing the business in a professional manner and encourages others to do the same
  • This is a designated role and Special Measures have been enacted for these positions under section 12 of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 to specifically target applicants from Vietnamese or Chinese cultural backgrounds.  It is important that we are representative of the communities that we engage with.
  • Bilingual communication skills i.e. fluency in English and can speak either Chinese (Mandarin) or Vietnamese.
  • Will be required to meet the VFA's water safety competency requirements, including the ability to swim 100 meters unaided
  • A current unrestricted Drivers Licence or be able to obtain one within 3 months of employment
  • This position is a designated shift worker with a requirement to frequently work out of hours work including early morning, evening, night or weekend work including occasional overnight travel. There will be a requirement to work an annually prescribed minimum number of shifts which includes weekends and public holidays. Recreation leave may be restricted during the peak summer period.
  • This position involves driving a VFA vehicle or vessel as part of daily shift activities in accordance with the Driver Safety Policy. In order to manage fatigue and be fit for the physical and mental requirements of the role, staff need to reside within a reasonable commuting distance from their office.

Further Information

For a confidential discussion, please contact Todd Bryant, Senior Project Officer on 0429 227 678 or at

This Authority is committed to creating and maintaining a child safe organisation. We have zero tolerance of child abuse and are committed to taking the necessary steps to protect children from harm by adopting a preventative, proactive and participatory approach to child safety in accordance with the Child Safe Standards.

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 refer to the attached position description.

Please note: We are accredited as a Disability Confident Recruitment (DCR) organsiation and committed to inclusive recruitment. If you require an adjustment to participate in any stage of the recruitment process or have a particular requirement to be communicated with by either telephone or email only, please notify the DJSIR Recruitment Team at with the position number in the subject line.

How to Apply

Please click the ‘Apply Now' button. As part of the application process, you will need to provide a copy of your resume, a cover letter and responses to the questions outlined in the application form.

For all “JSE eligible” candidates, please apply through the JSE only to be considered for this position. Priority consideration applies to Victorian Public Service (VPS) and select employees of the Victorian Public Sector who apply through the Jobs Skills Exchange (JSE) jobs board platform.

Applications close at midnight on Sunday 7 July 2024.

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