Our People

We are a high-performing, future-oriented and solution-seeking team with a culture of continuous improvement. With a focus on collaboration, innovation, integrity, leadership and care, our values drive our decision-making – aimed at building talent, promoting growth and achieving the best outcomes for our member base.

In addition to a rewarding, interesting and unique work environment we offer:

  • a culture of continuous learning with a focus on professional growth
  • study assistance, including five days study leave per year with full or partial reimbursement of course costs
  • three additional days of annual leave a year
  • interstate travel opportunities
  • hybrid working arrangements
  • great inner south location (Canberra) with free parking
  • flexible and friendly workplace with an active social club.


Career opportunities 

PHA is currently recruiting for various Project Officer roles.


Plant Health Australia (PHA) is the trusted coordinator of the Australian plant biosecurity system. We bring expertise, knowledge and stakeholders together to generate solutions that improve biosecurity outcomes to ensure that the system is future-oriented and solutions-focused.

Your new role

We are looking for Project Officers to join the PHA team! If you have relevant qualifications in science, agriculture, agricultural science, environmental science, emergency management, law or a related field, and an interest in biosecurity, we want to hear from you.

Our Project Officers work across a diverse range of projects and programs, supporting PHA activities through:

  • developing policies, procedures and guidelines
  • coordination and engagement work
  • stakeholder relationship activities
  • developing plant biosecurity and related plans and strategies
  • digital systems
  • providing secretariat support to committees and working groups.


To be successful as a PHA Project Officer, you will have:

  • excellent stakeholder and relationship management skills
  • great communication, interpersonal and teamwork skills
  • strong research, critical thinking, analytical and problem-solving skills
  • great organisational and secretariat support skills
  • relevant qualifications and/or commensurate experience.

In addition, we are interested in hearing from people with skills and/or experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • plant biosecurity
  • biosecurity diagnostics and surveillance
  • emergency response and preparedness
  • agricultural research, development and extension
  • business administration, HR and governance.

These positions are available on a full-time or part-time (minimum of around 20 hours per week) basis for two years or more, with the potential for extension. The location for some of these positions is flexible, which the possibility of working remotely from home, with regular travel to the Canberra office.  The salary range (excluding employer superannuation contributions) is $74,986 to $96,410, depending on skills and experience.

For more information or enquiries

Refer to the Project Officer Overview for more information.

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To apply

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Please provide your updated CV/resume, with a one-page brief (no more than 600 words) outlining your suitability and specific areas of interest and expertise. Applications close on Monday, 19 February 2024.


Graduate recruitment and internships

PHA is very interested in suitably qualified graduates to fill Graduate Project Officer roles, and possibly Project Officer roles, at times. We usually recruit three to six Graduate/Project Officers a year, as vacancies arise.

PHA also provides opportunities for short-term internships throughout the year. Our internship program is currently full and all available vacancies are listed here.

Work Rights
Candidates must have ongoing work rights in Australia, independent of any employment with PHA. PHA does not generally act as a sponsor for overseas employees. Where PHA is offering sponsored employment, this will be clearly specified in the job advertisement.

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