Dog Fence Program Manager


Government of SA, Department of Primary Industries and Regions


Urrbrae, Adelaide

Salary etc:

$97,022 - $102,626 p.a. + super (ASO6).



Lead and manage the successful delivery of a range of projects relating to the management of the Dog Fence

  • Ongoing position
  • Work with a passionate and collaborative team
  • Flexible working arrangements available

The Opportunity

We have an opportunity for a Dog Fence Program Manager to be part of our Biosecurity division within the Department of Primary Industries and Regions.

The Invasive Species Unit is focused primarily on the management of weeds and vertebrate pests declared under the Landscape South Australia Act 2019 and on the management of aquatic pests under the Fisheries Management Act 2007.

The Invasive Species Unit works closely with regional landscape boards, the Department for Environment and Water (DEW), and equivalent interstate agencies to achieve coordinated, strategic responses to new incursions and management of existing priority pest species. Wild dogs pose a significant threat to South Australia's livestock industries.

The impacts of wild dogs on these industries led to the development of the Dog Fence Act 1946, which provides for the establishment and maintenance of dog-proof fences in South Australia. The SA Dog Fence Board was established to administer the Dog Fence Act 1946 to ensure that the Dog Fence is a barrier to all wild dogs, including dingoes.

The Dog Fence Program Manager will lead and manage the successful delivery of a range of projects relating to the management of the Dog Fence.

The role will work in conjunction with the SA Dog Fence Board to provide strategic and project management advice in relation to the management of South Australia's 2,150 kilometre-long Dog Fence. The role contributes to delivering the agency's priorities including stimulate growth and value, sustain the resource, and manage risk and recovery. The position will also assist the Dog Fence Board in consulting with and reporting back to stakeholders to ensure industry groups and land managers involved in funding the Dog Fence are kept informed of activities.

The incumbent will be required to build and maintain strong relationships with key stakeholders both internal and external to PIRSA, including private fence owners.

In addition to staff/contractors directly linked to maintenance and inspection of the fence, the role will be required to collaborate with Dog Fence boards and committees that are operating interstate to ensure a consistent, cohesive approach to the successful management of the Dog Fence.

About Us

South Australia is internationally recognised for the quality of its agriculture, food, and wine. Our regions are the backbone of our state and the economic powerhouse that drives prosperity for all South Australians.

The Department of Primary Industries and Regions (PIRSA) is a key economic development agency working in partnership with our primary industries, regional stakeholders and across all levels of government to advance the prosperity and sustainability of South Australia's primary industries and regional communities.

We are a passionate team of around 800 people working across metropolitan and regional South Australia to develop and protect our state's regions and food, wine, aquaculture, fisheries, forestry, grains, livestock, dairy and horticulture industries.

It's no wonder there are so many exciting and diverse career opportunities in our organisation. If you're ready to join us, apply now!


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 an equal opportunity employer and is committed to building a diverse and inclusive workplace. We embrace diversity and welcome applications from all people, irrespective of culture, faith, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or age.

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).
  • Onging Opportunity
  • Full time opportunity, 37.5 hours per week


  • Procurement, contract management, and work health and safety are managed in line with PIRSA processes.
  • The function of the Dog Fence Board is integrated into the Dog Fence Rebuild Project and local boards, and the rebuild team and committee are supported throughout the project.
  • Relationships between stakeholders of the Dog Fence will be developed and maintained to ensure successful management of the Dog Fence.
  • Impacts on sheep and cattle producers inside the Dog Fence are reduced.
  • Effective communication and reporting on the management of the Dog Fence are provided to the Australian and South Australian Governments and industry groups who financially contribute to and benefit from the Dog Fence.
  • The incumbent will be required to undertake emergency management training and must be willing to participate in emergency preparedness, response and recovery activities required by government agencies

Remuneration: ASO6 - $97,022 min - $102,626 max per annum, plus superannuation. 


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