Senior Plant Health Inspector


Department of Primary Industries & Regions


Glenside, SA

Salary etc:

$64,636 - $68,886 p.a. (OPS3).



  • 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 opportunity for a Senior Plant Health Inspector to be part of our Biosecurity Division within PIRSA

The Senior Plant Health Inspector contributes to the goals and objectives of the Plant Health program by supporting the planning, delivery, review, and reporting of plant health programs, activities and outcomes. The Senior Plant Health Inspector is also responsible for undertaking projects and activities to ensure that movements of horticultural produce are compliant with national market access and quarantine requirements. This includes coordinating and conducting audits and inspections, provision of advice relating to market access and verifying and issuing plant health certifications to meet legislative requirements.

The Senior Plant Health Inspector performs regulatory activities and obligations, that are associated with plant and plant product market access functions. This includes identifying, investigating and managing actions associated with, and reporting on, actual or suspected plant pest incursions, and other contraventions of the legislation. The position also contributes to the regular review and the improvement of policies, standards and processes associated with the Plant Health Act 2009, and other regulatory standards.

The Senior Plant Health Inspector maintains effective relationships with stakeholders through the delivery of professional and timely responses to queries and issues raised by the general public. A range of other expert technical and general information is also delivered to individuals, primary producers, market agents, growers, wholesalers, transport companies and horticultural associations to facilitate compliance with market access and quarantine requirements.

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.
  • Australian residency or current works permit is required (responsibility of applicant to provide evidence of a current work permit).


  • Contract up to 28 June 2024.
  • Essential Qualifications:
    • ICA Auditors Course (or complete within 6 months of appointment).
  • Desirable Qualifications:
    • Certificate IV in Government (Statutory Investigation & Enforcement) or equivalent (or undertaken within 6 months or commencement and complete within 2 years.
    • Relevant tertiary qualifications or extensive equivalent experience, associate with plant security.
  • Possession of a current driver's licence and willingness to drive.
  • Out of hours work and inter / intrastate travel may be required.
  • You acknowledge your work, health and safety obligations and our expectations.
  • Detection and/or outbreaks of fruit fly and other declared pests and diseases may occur anywhere in the state and at any time of the year. The incumbent will be expected to join the First Response Team (FRT) and may be required to be available to travel and work anywhere in the State at short notice, therefore a flexible approach to working significant and out of hours work will be required during outbreaks.

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