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Principal Plant Biosecurity Officer

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Job Ref:  012992
Employer:  Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics (NT)
Job Type:  Permanent Full Time
Darwin NT, Australia (Show on map)



Department of Primary Industry and Resources

Work Unit

Biosecurity and Animal Welfare

Job Title

Principal Plant Biosecurity Officer


Senior Professional 2

Job Type

Full Time




$132,365 - $144,269



Position Number







Dr Anne Walters on 08 8999 2188 or

Agency Information

Information for Applicants

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Primary Objective: Provide high level strategic direction and leadership to the plant based biosecurity and product integrity programs that deliver on the Northern Territory’s Biosecurity Strategy and national obligations under the Intergovernmental Agreement on Biosecurity. The Principal Plant Biosecurity Officer will develop and implement biosecurity programs and legislation to protect plant industries in the Northern Territory (NT) with a focus on new and improved ways of delivering efficient and effective plant biosecurity services.


Key Duties and Responsibilities:

1.     Develop and implement contemporary, risk based programs and standards that are consistent with the agency’s strategic direction to address biosecurity threats to plant based industries.

2.     Develop policies, briefings and correspondence in relation to plant biosecurity legislative and technical issues.

3.     Represent the NT at national forums and committees that establish national plant biosecurity strategic directions and policies, management and prevention programs and emergency responses.

4.     Provide high level strategic advice to the Chief Plant Health Officer, Executive Director, Chief Executive, Minister and government on plant biosecurity matters.

5.     Strategically align NT Plant Biosecurity legislation and policies with complex national and international policy trends, including protection of market access for the NT’s plant industries.

6.     Undertake project management including developing, managing and evaluating projects and budgets and supervision of small teams or work groups.

7.     Partner with industry, community and other government agencies in the NT (and nationally) to promote and protect the NT from plant pests and diseases.

8.     Provide leadership to staff undertaking plant biosecurity activities and foster an environment that values individual and team performance and continuous improvement.

9.     Coordinate, manage and support emergency disease and pest management responses in the NT.


Selection Criteria:


1.     Appropriate degree in agricultural science, science or natural resource management.

2.     Highly developed and demonstrated knowledge and experience in developing and implementing risk-based policy and programs with a whole of government perspective.

3.     Demonstrated understanding of legislation development and implementation including drafting instructions, approvals, regulatory impact statements, Executive Council papers and Cabinet Submissions.

4.     Demonstrated experience in leading and managing projects and work teams.

5.     Strong research and analytical skills, including the ability to source relevant data, evaluate complex scientific information, and deliver work in a timely manner.

6.     Preparation of funding applications, and experience in program and budget management.

7.     Demonstrated ability to work effectively and collaboratively with a broad range of stakeholders, including other government agencies, industry and the community to deliver robust outcomes.

8.     Sound knowledge in the use of computers and office software together with databases, project management packages in the workplace.



1.   Well-developed knowledge of plant health and pest and disease incursions at the local, national and international levels.

2.   Post graduate qualification in a relevant discipline.


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