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Agriculture and Water Resources Vacancy N.N. 10739694
Department of Agriculture and Water Resources Closing date: Friday, 21 December 2018
Job Title: Assistant Secretary, Enforcement & Sanctions
Division: Compliance
Branch: Enforcement & Sanctions
Job Type: Ongoing, Non-ongoing (Temporary), Full-time, Part-time
Location: Canberra - ACT; Various locations in VIC - VIC; Various locations in NSW - NSW; Various locations in QLD - QLD
Classification: Senior Executive Service Band 1
Agency Employment Act: PS Act 1999
Position No: 2018/1450
Agency Website:

Job Description


The Compliance Division manages biosecurity and imported food risks by establishing and undertaking effective compliance approaches in line with the department's Biosecurity compliance statement and broader regulatory responsibilities across the department's portfolio. Compliance Division also undertakes enforcement functions for the department across all of its regulatory jurisdictions.

The Job
The department is seeking an experienced leader with extensive management experience and a track record of delivering the required outcomes in complex, high-tempo and challenging environments.

In this role you will lead a diverse team with a range of specialist skills responsible for undertaking regulatory, investigative, enforcement and sanctions activities associated with biosecurity, food safety, export operations, illegal logging, and other portfolio regulation.

As the Assistant Secretary, Enforcement and Sanctions you will be a member of the department’s senior executive team, contributing to the broader strategic leadership of both Compliance Division and the department. You will help to develop and implement innovative and contemporary strategies to identify, investigate and respond to serious non-compliance and criminal behaviour within departmental jurisdiction.

In this role, you will collaborate with stakeholders in government and industry in providing advice and making decisions concerning enforcement and the application of relevant sanctions. You will liaise with industry representatives, peak bodies, partner agencies at the national level and foreign governments in delivering the required outcomes.

The ideal candidate will be a strong, influential leader with:

• a record of achievement in enforcement related disciplines
• excellent stakeholder relationship skills and the ability to work collaboratively with business representatives and Government agencies to design and deliver contemporary, professional and efficient outcomes; and
• experience in leading and managing a diverse team including specialist and technical staff in a challenging, complex and fast paced environment.

Key responsibilities
Key responsibilities of the role include:

• delivering investigation, enforcement and sanction actions and outcomes associated with the department’s portfolio legislation in support of portfolio objectives
• establishing and maintaining effective external relationships and cross agency collaboration with law enforcement and regulatory partners, domestically and internationally
• managing assigned resources
• building staff and agency capability.

The role supports the executive by:

• contributing to broader corporate leadership of the Compliance Division and the department including participation in agency governance activities, as well as involvement in cross-government and external representation as required
• providing advice and input into agency and executive decision making processes generally as well as those specifically related to compliance, regulation, law enforcement and sanctions management matters
• creating, improving and/or revising and advising on established techniques, methods, systems, policies, and processes to respond to new and emerging regulatory, compliance and enforcement risks
• ensuring compliance with internal and external reporting and other compliance requirements such as work health and safety related risks
• ensuring efficient and effective use of resources
• promoting collaboration within the department, with central agencies and across government.

Knowledge and experience
You will have demonstrated knowledge and experience in the following areas:

• Leading and managing investigations, intelligence or enforcement functions at a senior level for a law enforcement and/or regulatory agency.
• A demonstrated understanding of criminal, civil and administrative legal and regulatory processes, tools and environments.
• Collaborating effectively with a broad range of stakeholders, ideally in a regulatory or law enforcement environment.
• Providing high quality advice on areas relevant to the role.
• Representing organisations in a range of forums.
• Creating dynamic, flexible and collegiate workplace cultures.

To be successful in the role you will need to meet the Senior Executive Service capability for this level and you will have the following attributes:

• Outstanding leadership skills and the capacity to contribute at a strategic level to the overall direction of the department.
• A strong results orientation, resilience and a positive approach to issues resolution.
• The ability to build and motivate a high performing organisation to best practice standards.
• High level communication skills with personal presence.
• Strong people skills, both in terms of managing people and working with other internal and external bodies.
• The ability to manage multiple high profile issues simultaneously.
• Excellent judgement.
• The ability to identify, assess and respond to emerging issues.


Tertiary qualifications (and/or demonstrated equivalent experience) in a relevant field will be well regarded.


The vacancy is currently located in the ACT however it may be able to be performed from any of our Regional Offices in Victoria, New South Wales or Queensland.

An executive package which reflects the responsibilities of the position will be negotiated with the successful applicant.

The successful applicant may be offered full-time or part-time employment. The department is committed to creating a fair, accessible and flexible work environment accommodating the individual needs of employees and aligning with organisational goals. These arrangements are available to all employees within the department where operational requirements permit.

Non-ongoing opportunity will be offered for a specified term

This position is being advertised as non-ongoing or ongoing. If offered on a non-ongoing basis the successful applicant will be initially engaged for a period of two years with the possibility of extension up to a maximum period of five years in total.

To Apply

Position Contact: Peta Lane, (02) 6272 3792
Agency Recruitment Site:
Applicants to vacancies notified in all formats of the electronic Public Service Gazette should be aware that;
.  the names of successful applicants may also be notified in all formats of the electronic Public Service Gazette
.  applicants found suitable may be offered similar employment opportunities by other Australian Public Service agencies
This notice is part of the electronic Public Service Gazette PS49-Fri - 30 Nov 2018 Published by Australian Public Service Commission.
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