Senior Investigator - Water / Environment


DCCEEW - Natural Resources Access Regulator


Tamworth, NSW

Salary etc:

$120,859 - $133,183 p.a. + super. Full-time.



  • 1 x Ongoing role and 1 x Temporary role up 30 June 2025.
  • Full-time at 35 hours per week plus Flex Time.
  • Tamworth or nearby location with hybrid working from home and office supported.
  • Salary ranges from $120,859 to $133,183 plus super and leave loading.

Opportunity to join Natural Resource Access Regulator (NRAR) who oversee the enforcement of water management laws to ensure communities and the environment can get their fair share of our state's precious water resources. In this role you will directly contribute to equitable and sustainable water management for the environment, communities and industries of NSW.

The role undertakes complex investigations under the statutory functions and powers of the Natural Resources Access Regulator Act 2017 into alleged breaches of the Water Management Act 2000. The role leads investigations and supports other staff in improving compliance outcomes, working with Investigators and Assistant Project Officers (Investigations).

The Senior Investigator is a lead role in a small team of 10 investigations staff based in north-west NSW, and reports to and works closely with the Manager, Compliance Investigations, delivering complex investigations, regulatory responses, and enforcement actions, as well as leading successful engagement with informants and stakeholders about progress and outcomes of investigations.

In this role you are required to travel to regional areas of north-west NSW, with weekly day trips and the occasional overnight stay, approximately once/twice per month.

About You

To be successful in the role, you will understand and have experience in managing complex compliance and enforcement activities, preferably in Government regulation of natural resources or the environment.

You are an investigator or senior investigator with significant experience in conducting complex investigations into breaches of water law and/or other natural resources management law, having experience in delivering high-level enforcement activities.

You will have extensive experience in interviewing witnesses and suspects and in applying knowledge of investigative methodologies, rules of evidence and court procedures, including undertaking complex investigations in a context of high levels of internal and external scrutiny.

Essential Requirements:

  • Tertiary qualifications (or equivalent) in one or more relevant fields such as natural resource management, science, law or forensics.
  • Appointment is subject to the successful applicant satisfactorily passing the criminal record check.
  • A current NSW Driver's Licence and a willingness to drive to remote locations which may include overnight stays.

Who we are

The Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water (DCCEEW) works to protect the state's environment and heritage. It leads the way on climate change, driving the sustainable transition to a net zero economy, powered by affordable, reliable, and clean energy.

DCCEEW conserves and protects the state's natural environment. It manages the NSW national park estate, including its rich and diverse biodiversity and Aboriginal cultural heritage for future generations. DCCEEW also ensures sustainable management of water resources across the state, to support the environment, communities and industry.

We acknowledge the ongoing custodial responsibilities of the Aboriginal peoples of NSW to care for Country and water and are committed to establishing meaningful partnerships with Aboriginal peoples in the management of the environment.

Water brings communities together; keeps industries moving and sustains life. It has significant cultural and environmental value with an estimated market value of more than $29 billion in NSW. When it's taken unlawfully, we lose more than just the water.

NRAR enforces the NSW water laws and offers guidance and education to help water users comply. We strive to be an efficient and effective regulator that celebrates and reflects the diversity of the community we serve. Working with NRAR provides a chance to make sure water is used lawfully so that all communities and the environment get a fair share.

A recruitment pool may be created for ongoing and temporary opportunities of the same role or role type that may become available over the next 18 months including for other regions of NSW.


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