Biosecurity Officer


Department of Primary Industries and Regions


Kangaroo Island, SA

Salary etc:

$72,135 - $75,262 p.a. (OPS4) Casual


Reference number: 406130

  • Assists South Australia’s primary industries and regions to grow and prosper
  • Biosecurity SA manages and prevents SA from pests, diseases and contaminants
  • Offering a modern, flexible and innovative working environment

We have an exciting opportunity for multiple casual roles as a Biosecurity Officer located at Cape Jervis, Penneshaw and Kingscote Airport.

The Biosecurity Officer is part of the Invasive Species Unit within Biosecurity SA with The Department of Primary Industries and Regions.

The Biosecurity Officer is responsible for coordinating and undertaking field based biosecurity surveillance, hygiene and inspection duties at the entry points to Kangaroo Island, and conducting investigation activities relating to potential breaches, in accordance with the Landscape South Australia Act 2019, Livestock Act 1997 and Plant Health Act 2009. In this context, the role coordinates and implements safe working practices, allocates, maintains and ensures the appropriate supply and use of relevant equipment and mentors and guides less experienced team members.

The position establishes, develops and maintains sound relationships with community, government and industry stakeholders to create a high level of awareness of the biosecurity threats to Kangaroo Island, quarantine restrictions, hygiene practices and respond effectively to new incursions. The role also works collaboratively with community, industry and agency stakeholders to re-establish biosecurity systems and processes to protect primary production, the natural environment and social amenity after recent catastrophic bushfires.

About Us

The Department of Primary Industries and Regions, as a key economic development agency of the South Australian Government, works across a diverse range of industry sectors including agriculture, livestock, forestry, fishing and aquaculture and regional development. We involve and engage with others to ensure we make good decisions, have clear policies, plan and implement effective programs, drive relevant projects, promote efficient resource use and broker shared responsibility. In this way we enable the State’s primary industry sectors and regions to remain competitive, productive and sustainable.


At The Department of Primary Industries and Regions, we offer our employees challenging and rewarding work with opportunities for career progression, learning and development and flexibility.

Our Commitment to Diversity

The Department of Primary Industries and Regions is committed to building a flexible, diverse and inclusive culture, planning for and promoting diversity. We welcome and encourage applications from diverse community groups and ages including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, LGBTIQ, people with disabilities, women and other diversity groups. The Department of Primary Industries and Regions recognises the benefits that such an approach brings for our staff and customers in delivering the future of SA.

Special Conditions

  • Successful applicant will be required to satisfactorily complete a National Police Check (NPC) prior to being made an offer of employment


Other requirements specific to the role includes:

  • Casual contracts up to July 2022.
  • Flexibility in working hours, with increased hours of operation during summer.
  • Possession of a current driver’s licence and a willingness to drive. 4WD experience is desirable.
  • Intra and interstate travel, including flight on small aircraft, overnight stays and our of hours work may be required.
  • Undertaking some operational activities will require incumbent to work in a range of climatic conditions and at times will be physically demanding.
  • The incumbent may be required to undertake training and be willing to participate in emergency preparedness and response activities required by government agencies.
  • The incumbent will be required to maintain a safe working environment by adopting appropriate hazard management practices consistent with the role.
  • The incumbent will be expected to uphold the ethical behaviour and professional integrity standards as contained in the Public Sector Act 2009.

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