Duties The Animal and Biological Imports Branch implements biosecurity policies to allow for the safe movement of animals, animal products (including aquatic animals and their products) and genetic material into Australia. The activities of the branch include the provision of technical advice to staff, importers and stakeholders, development and publishing of import conditions, instructional material and other guidance material and assessing import permit applications and issuing import permits. There are two sections in the branch that manage the biosecurity risks associated with the importation of live animals and their germplasm.
These sections are responsible for developing biosecurity risk based import conditions, assessing import permit applications and developing and maintaining instructional material. They also have responsibility for conducting verification audits and engaging with internal and external stakeholders on a range of issues including the provision of technical advice. One section manages these issues for imports of horses, livestock, pigeons and fertile poultry eggs.
The other section is responsible for imports of dogs and cats, ornamental fish, bees, rabbits, laboratory and zoo animals. The Jobs As a Veterinary Officer in the Animal and Biological Imports Branch, you will work with a dedicated group of officers who are committed to maintaining and improving Australia's biosecurity system. The successful candidates will need to enjoy working in a fast-paced and changing work environment, display initiative, have sound judgement, and deliver quality work within tight deadlines.
Key duties include: 1. With minimal supervision, undertake biosecurity regulatory functions including exercising delegations under the Biosecurity Act 2015 to grant, refuse, suspend and revoke import permits. 2.
Reviewing and updating technical work instructions for operational staff within the department undertaking frontline biosecurity related functions. 3. Preparing changes to the department's import conditions database (BICON) and other online material.
4. Providing sound technical and veterinary advice to importers, operational staff within the department and other stakeholders on biosecurity issues associated with live animal imports. 5.
Assisting with reviews of business processes, identifying opportunities for improvement and implementing changes. 6. Assisting with the preparation of briefings, reports and correspondence.
Knowledge and experience These positions require a good understanding of animal pests and diseases that may pose a biosecurity risk to Australia through the movement of live animals. Successful applicants will be expected to have: • a demonstrated knowledge of pests, diseases and infectious agents affecting live animals • an understanding of biosecurity/quarantine/veterinary concepts and their application to biosecurity risk management and the ability to interpret and apply relevant policy, legislation and international s....