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Title:

Policy Officers

Advertiser:

Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment

Location:

Canberra, ACT

Salary etc:

$74,765 - $82,018 p.a. (APS5). Full-time or Part-time.

Ref:

Job reference: 2021/6826

The Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment is looking for experienced policy officers to help drive continual improvement and innovation in managing and regulating Agvet chemicals, fisheries and forestry. Opportunities are also available to support delivery of cross-cutting work including Ag2030, industry engagement and rural and regional matters.

  • Deliver policy advice and programs in support of Australia’s sustainable and internationally competitive forest and fisheries industries.
  • Make meaningful and influential contributions to key policy areas in the future of Australian agriculture.
  • Engage with a wide range of stakeholders throughout Australia and internationally.

Who we are:

The Agvet Chemicals, Fisheries, Forestry and Engagement Division develops and implements policies that support continual improvement and innovation in managing and regulating Agvet chemicals, fisheries and forestry. We are also delivering an Ag2030 plan to support the agriculture industry to achieve its $100 billion by 2030 goal, assisting with COVID-19 recovery and improving rural and regional activities. The division engages with a wide range of stakeholders throughout Australia and internationally. The division delivers strategic policy advice and reform, delivers grants and industry assistance programs, undertakes legislative reform and plays a leading role in international negotiations. Roles with the division will provide successful applicants with the opportunity to make meaningful and influential contributions to key policy areas in the future of Australian agriculture.

The Agvet Chemicals and Forestry Branch works to improve existing agvet chemicals regulation, contributes to international and domestic agvet chemicals policy and delivers policy advice and programs in support of Australia’s sustainable and internationally competitive forest industries. The work of the branch contributes to sustainable pest and disease management practices, including supporting Australian producers to access safe and effective products and maintain markets for their treated produce. We provide advice and support to the department’s executive and Ministers (including an Assistant Minister for Fisheries and Forestry) on agvet chemical and forestry issues. We are also responsible for actions to combat illegal logging and its associated trade and the development and implementation of government responses to independent reviews. The branch works with a wide range of stakeholders from industry, community, state governments, other Commonwealth agencies, foreign trading partners and multilateral organisations.

The Fisheries Branch provides policy advice to the department’s executive and Ministers (including the Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries) on matters regarding commercial, recreational and Indigenous fishing in Australia. The branch develops policies that ensure Australia’s fishing industry remains profitable and resilient, within the principles and parameters of ecologically sustainable development. The branch also leads Australia’s engagement with regional fisheries management organisations that are responsible for managing the sustainability of shared fish stocks. The branch works with a wide range of stakeholders from the fishing industry, state and territory governments, other Commonwealth agencies, multilateral organisations – and in particular, the Australian Fisheries Management Authority, the portfolio agency with the legislative remit to operationalise fisheries policy. Our work with stakeholders also includes the intersection of Australia’s marine security agenda, and Australian fishing interests with domestic and international marine environment obligations and initiatives.

The Ag2030, COVID-19 and Engagement Branch supports the department’s advice to Ministers and delivery of cross-cutting work including Ag2030, COVID-19 recovery, industry engagement and rural and regional matters. Our work supports the departmental objective to assist industry to grow to a $100 billion agricultural sector by 2030, with other departmental objectives and accompanying workstreams supporting industry growth, productivity and the sustainable use of natural resources. Through engagement functions, including support for the Agriculture Ministers’ Meeting and Senior Officials, and the Senior Industry Engagement Officer and supporting team, we are building departmental capability to better connect with, and understand, our stakeholders, partners and communities – including with a rural and regional lens.

The Jobs

Key duties will include all or some of the following, and undertaken with general direction:

  • Contributing to well-researched policy and policy advice that aligns with the strategic objectives of the department.
  • Researching and analysing to inform, develop and support evidence-based policy.
  • Researching, interpreting and applying legislation, regulation, and policy frameworks.
  • Delivering well designed programs and project, program and grants management.
  • Providing administrative and secretariat support, including assisting with the coordination of stakeholder meetings.
  • Collaborating in small teams and across teams to maintain a productive working environment.
  • Liaising with internal, external and international stakeholders and participating in committees and forums.
  • Contributing to Ministerial correspondence, Ministerial submissions, briefing papers, discussion papers, and reports.

How to apply:

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Date published:

22-Nov-2021

Closing date:

06-Dec-2021, 11:00pm