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Plant Biosecurity RD&E Program Director

About us

Plant Health Australia (PHA) is the lead national coordinating body for plant biosecurity in Australia. As an impartial, non-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.

Through company activities, PHA’s efforts enhance Australia’s plant health status, assist trade and safeguard the sustainability and profitability of plant industries.

Horticulture Innovation Australia (Hort Innovation) is a not-for-profit, grower-owned research and development (R&D) and marketing company for Australia’s $9 billion horticulture Industry.

Hort Innovation invests more than $100 million in R&D and marketing programs annually. Hort Innovation’s goal is to grow the future of Australia’s fruit, vegetable, nut and tree industries. Our job is to help growers increase their productivity and profitability.

About the role

This is a new position and represents a significant opportunity for the person to play a pivotal role in developing Australia’s plant biosecurity system.

Plant biosecurity and the preparation, planning and implementation of associated RD&E will sustain the future of Australian farmers and the environment. The plant focused Rural Development Corporations (RDCs) and Plant Health Australia (PHA) have committed to taking the leadership in this important area of RD&E funding and delivery.

The Plant Biosecurity RD&E Program Director will develop, facilitate and coordinate the cross sectoral plant biosecurity research, development and extension (RD&E) portfolio. The position will require the person to work with the plant based RDCs, PHA, government and other potential stakeholders in achieving this objective.

In addition, the role will provide a coordination link between the RDCs plant biosecurity committee and the AGSOC cross sectoral plant biosecurity RD&E strategy being managed and implemented by PHA.

The position will identify research and knowledge (including extension) gaps and opportunities in plant biosecurity. Identification of capability (both institutional and research) in plant biosecurity that can deliver or assist in the achievement of plant biosecurity RD&E will also be critical. Recognising the importance of levy payers in supporting and driving RDC RD&E, the role will also require working with levy payers and the responsible industry organisations.

It is expected that the position will also play a role in maintaining and building capacity on plant biosecurity as well as develop and compile a biosecurity body of knowledge.

Positive workplace values and behaviors will be highly regarded and qualities such as enthusiasm, a willingness to collaborate as well as work independently, and the ability to build internal and external relationships, will be favorably considered.

The successful candidate will be employed on a three (3) year fixed term contract and can be located in either Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne or Canberra at one of the plant based Rural Development Corporations offices or PHA.

Plant Biosecurity RDE Program Director – About us and About the role

Your application must address the Position Description.

Please direct any enquiries to aditton@phau.com.au

Applications should be sent to:

Human Resource Manager
Level 1, 1 Phipps Close
Deakin ACT 2600
Email: aditton@phau.com.au
Applications are due COB 7 April 2017


Assistant Accountant (9-month contract)

About us

Plant Health Australia (PHA) is the lead national coordinating body for plant biosecurity in Australia. As an impartial, non-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.

Through company activities, PHA’s efforts enhance Australia’s plant health status, assist trade and safeguard the sustainability and profitability of plant industries.

About the role

We are currently seeking an Assistant Accountant to work in our team of 27 staff. The position will be for a fixed term of 9 months covering a period of Maternity Leave. Applicants must have experience in the following key areas of responsibility:

  • Payroll
  • Accounts payable
  • Accounts receivable
  • Bank reconciliations

CPA or CAANZ qualifications will be looked upon favourably, as will advanced knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite.

Personal attributes that we are looking for include:

  • well-developed interpersonal skills that facilitate interaction and cooperation with relevant individuals and organisations
  • ability to negotiate, resolve conflict and represent the company with a high degree of professional competence together with the confidence to take control of a situation
  • ability to identify and analyse problems, to think laterally and to plan and negotiate appropriate solutions
  • ability to prepare and present reports and recommendations in a clear, concise and logical manner
  • strong organisational and problem-solving skills
  • ability to operate as a positive and supportive team member.

Your application must address the key areas of responsibility and personal attributes.

Applications, including a covering letter, must be received by Monday 27 March 2017 and should be emailed to jobs@phau.com.au.