Supervising Fisheries Officer - Bendigo

The Victorian Fisheries Authority (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 188 FTE located in the Melbourne CBD, metropolitan Melbourne and across regional Victoria.
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Department: Department of Transport
Work Type: Ongoing - flexible
Job Function: Planning
Classification: VPSG5
Work Location: Bendigo - Loddon area
Reference: VG/VFA/VFA/1695384
Closing Date: 10-Feb-2023
Salary Range: $103,920 - $125,735
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: PD - VPS 5.1 - Supervising Fisheries Officer (Bendigo) (1).doc (Word, 613KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Paul Shea

Position Details


  • VPS5: $103,920 - $125,735 plus superannuation
  • Ongoing, Full Time ( Flexibility may be available)
  • Bendigo

About the Opportunity

The Supervising Fisheries Officer reports to the Regional Manager within their region. They are responsible for leading and managing a compliance operations team in delivering the full range of Fisheries strategies, programs and services in their operational area and in State-wide operations and projects as required.

Key Selection Criteria

  • Effectively supervise and provide leadership to fisheries officers by:
    1. leading and supporting individuals to achieve their potential and contribute to organisational goals and outcomes
    2. training, developing and providing welfare needs including the development, monitoring and assessment of staff performance plans
    3. managing and monitoring specific objectives in annual operational plans relating to the area of responsibility
  • Liaise with and provide authoritative advice to senior management, industry, local government, other like agencies both state and federal, community groups and other stakeholders with respect to the sustainable and responsible use of fish resources.
  • Provide authoritative advice and support to the Regional Manager on policy, planning, programming and performance monitoring issues associated with or effecting delivery of Fisheries and boating programs within the region or State-wide as required.
  • Lead the station planning and delivery of education and enforcement activities, including community engagement and prevention, surveillance, land and vessel-based inspections, investigations, operations and legal proceedings related to the delivery of legislative requirements associated with the sustainable and responsible use of fish resources and protection of their habitats.


  • A tertiary qualification in one of the following areas: natural resource management, fisheries, criminal justice/criminology, or law.
  • A current NC1 (Inshore Waters) Coxswain certificate (with boating experience across a variety of conditions and vessels).

Specific role requirements

  • Must hold a current unrestricted Drivers Licence
  • A Diploma in Seafood Industry (Compliance) or Diploma in Government (Investigations) or demonstration of equivalent competencies
  • A relevant recreational vessel licence with PWC endorsement.
  • A current NC2 (Sheltered Waters) Coxswain certificate or the ability to obtain one within six (6) months of employment
  • Current Level 2 First Aid Certificate or equivalent

How to Apply

Applications close 11.59pm on Febrauary 10, 2023.

For a confidential discussion regarding this opportunity, please contact Paul Shea, State Manager Operations at 0427 316 930.

for further information about the role please refer to attached PD.

Please note:
This position requires the successful employee to provide evidence of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19, or medical evidence which confirms the individual is unable to receive a dose, or a further dose, of a COVID-19 vaccine due to a medical contraindication or an acute medical illness. To be considered up to date vaccinated, you must have been administered COVID-19 vaccines as determined by the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI). VFA is requiring all staff to be Vaccinated and to have had Booster Vaccination (Triple vaccinated as a minimum).

Failure to comply with this condition of employment will impact your eligibility for employment in this position with VFA. Preferred applicants will be subject to pre-employment checks. Information provided to the Victorian fisheries authority will be treated in the strictest confidence.

VFA is committed to inclusive recruitment with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, women and gender diverse people, the LGBTIQ+ community, people living with disabilities and those from Culturally and Linguistically diverse communities. That's why we encourage people in these groups to apply, even if you don't meet every single requirement, or your skills don't perfectly align. You might still be the right candidate or be the right fit for another role.

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