Director, National Plant Health Policy

Director, National Plant Health Policy

2 May, 2016

The Biosecurity Plant Division provides high quality scientific and technical advice and policy that enables effective plant biosecurity risk mitigation across the biosecurity continuum, supporting the maintenance of ’s plant status and the productivity, global competiveness and sustainability of Australian Plant industries.  The Division conducts plant, pest and disease risk assessments, develops and implements risk mitigation measures and works collaboratively to strengthen ’s plant pest prevention, preparedness and response capabilities both within and regionally.

Plant Health Policy Branch of Biosecurity Plant Division provides a national focal point for plant biosecurity issues within Australia, and national leadership in managing Australia’s plant health. Our work underpins biosecurity and helps to open new, and maintain existing, domestic and international markets for Australian plant industries. This is achieved by:
• providing focus for national and international plant biosecurity activities
• preparing for and coordinating national responses to plant pests and exotic weeds
• promoting reform of the plant biosecurity system
• improving plant health capacity and capabilities in near-neighbour countries and trading partners and domestically
• improving national surveillance and diagnostic capability and capacity
• assisting the department to meet national and international obligations and influencing plant health policies.

Branch and provides national leadership for governments to collectively manage Australia’s plant health with the work underpinning biosecurity and helping to open new, and maintain existing, domestic and international markets for Australian plant industries.

The key role of the team is to drive the development and implementation of national plant biosecurity policy and reform initiatives across Commonwealth, state and territory government and relevant biosecurity agencies.

Plant Health Policy branch is seeking an enthusiastic, highly motivated and organised person to undertake the following core duties:
• initiating and driving the provision of high quality, expert policy advice
• leading the development, improvement and implementation of national and departmental plant health policies and reform initiatives
• liaising with departmental senior executives, state/territory departments of , Plant Health Australia, international counterparts and other stakeholders to progress and effectively develop and implement plant health policies
• leading the provision of high quality secretariat services to national plant health committees/working groups
• guiding, mentoring and supervising team members
• interacting with departmental senior executives and external agencies
• assisting progress other branch and divisional initiatives.

The following knowledge and experience is desirable.
• Knowledge of national plant health issues.
• Ability to provide high level secretariat services
Experience in developing and implementing national policies, particularly within the public sector

The successful applicant will have:
• excellent judgement, discretion, flexibility and initiative
• excellent analytical, writing, organisational and research skills
• demonstrated ability to develop and implement high quality policy with tangible outcomes
• a sound understanding of government processes and portfolio issues
• ability to understand and interpret technical information
• an understanding of legal processes
• excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to build and maintain strong working relationships with a range of stakeholders and to develop and manage effective networks
• the ability to work with minimal supervision and experience in managing and leading a small team
• the ability to prepare high-quality papers, briefs and presentations
• excellent attention to detail and strong ability to prioritise own work and that of team members to meet deadlines.
Limited domestic travel is required for the role.

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This post is not valid after Wednesday May 18th, 2016

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