Biosecurity Officer


Department of Agriculture and Fisheries


Mackay, Queensland

Salary etc:

$78,393 - $84,589 p.a. (TO3). Permanent, Full-time, Flexible.



Working within the Biosecurity Queensland Invasive Plants and Animals Program, you will be part of a team that will develop and implement operational activities and extension programs directed at the management of impacts associated with invasive weeds and pest animals and participate in integrated programs aimed at enabling other stakeholders to deliver effective pest management outcomes.

Key tasks and responsibilities of the role (your contribution)

  • Support local government with their local biosecurity planning processes with multiple stakeholders across rangeland areas, ensuring the plans are cost-effective, timely and consistent with state and national priorities.
  • Undertake compliance and enforcement using the powers of an Inspector under the Biosecurity Act 2014 to protect Queensland from the introduction, movement and keeping of prohibited and restricted biosecurity matter.
  • Participate in biosecurity operations directed at the eradication of invasive pest plants and animals in high priority situations in collaboration with relevant stakeholders.
  • Participate in biosecurity preparedness and prevention activities (targeted engagement, surveillance and monitoring) and biosecurity incidents as required.
  • Contribute to programs for enhancing the skills, knowledge and personal development of stakeholders to enable them to deliver improved invasive species management services to a wide range of clients.
  • Participate in State, regional and local biosecurity operations directed at the eradication of invasive pest plants and animals in high priority situations in collaboration with relevant stakeholders.
  • Raise the level of awareness and commitment of local governments, landholders and other stakeholders of the need for invasive species management, including the promotion of the department's activities online and at conferences and meetings.
  • Assist with the development and review of policies and operational procedures, and provide the Senior Principal Biosecurity Officer with authoritative, reliable and timely information and advice.
  • Assist with the preparation of budget submissions, monitor expenditure and report on budget variances as required.
  • Provide internal and external clients with accurate and timely technical advice on best practice for the control of invasive species and contribute to the development of advisory publications and electronic information systems and identify inadequacies in control technology.

Key capabilities required to fulfil the role (what we are looking for)

Appointments in the public sector are merit-based and will be assessed by looking at what you have done previously - the experiences that have enabled you to develop and demonstrate your capabilities (how you have applied your knowledge and skills), your potential for development and your personal qualities.

While we're deciding if you're the right person for the job, you'll be assessed on the following key capabilities that relate to the above key tasks and responsibilities:

  • Applies, maintains and builds specialist expertise.
  • Applies expertise relevant to their role and takes action to develop and maintain their expertise. Engages stakeholders and fosters stakeholders' capability.
  • Actively engages internal and external stakeholders while discharging their role, using these opportunities to encourage both alignment with QLD's biosecurity strategy and to build stakeholders' capability. Administers and applies legislation and regulation.
  • Understands the legislative, regulatory and policy requirements relevant to their role and takes appropriate and proportionate compliance action. Cultivates productive working relationships.
  • Builds the necessary relationships to achieve required and/or agreed operational and strategic outcomes.

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