Project Officer, Biosecurity Planning and Implementation

Plant Health Australia
Farming, Animals & Conservation
Agronomy & Farm Services
Full time
Posted 26d ago

About us

Plant Health Australia (PHA) is the national coordinator of the government – industry partnership for plant biosecurity in Australia. As an impartial, not-for-profit company, PHA works in partnership with industry, governments, researchers and others to facilitate and manage improvements in biosecurity policy and practice across Australia’s plant industries, and to build capacity to respond to plant pest emergencies.

The purpose of PHA is to coordinate strong industry and government partnerships that minimise pest impacts on Australia, boosting industry productivity and profitability and enhancing market access.

Biosecurity Planning improves preparedness for pest incursions and is an obligation under the Emergency Plant Pest Response Deed for which PHA is the custodian. Biosecurity Planning is undertaken using a partnership approach to identify the greatest biosecurity threats to Australia’s plant industries and identify risk mitigation activities to improve biosecurity practices and preparedness. 

About the role

With guidance from the National Manager, Preparedness and RD&E, the position is responsible for the review and development of Biosecurity Plans (BPs) for specific plant industries. 

Biosecurity planning is undertaken at a national level through a partnership approach between industry and government to identify the greatest biosecurity threats to Australia’s plant industries. The development of BPs is an important step in improving the preparedness for pest and disease incursions. 

The position will also assist with the development of farm management guides, continuity plans and other material that contributes to the enhanced uptake of biosecurity activities amongst PHA Members.

Skills and Experience

The successful candidate will have:


  • Demonstrated minimum 5 years’ experience in an agricultural RD&E or biosecurity role particularly in development and delivery of R&D outputs or other products in a competitive environment;
  • Knowledge of issues relevant to Australia’s plant industries;
  • Demonstrated ability to work autonomously and as a member of a team and be adaptable to changing environments and work processes, with strong organisational and time management skills;
  • Excellent oral and written communication as well as representational skills;
  • Demonstrated critical thinking, analysis and problem solving skills; and
  • Graduate qualification in a science, agricultural science, environmental science (or equivalent) discipline.


  • Ability to synthesise information and provide a summary and recommended options based on this; and
  • Demonstrated ability to prepare and present reports and recommendations in a clear, concise and logical manner.

How to apply

Your application must address the selection criteria which are available on the PHA website

Please direct your application and any enquiries to

Applications are due by 29 October 2021.

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