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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.

The purpose of PHA is for government and industry to have a strong biosecurity partnership that minimises pest impacts on Australia, enhances market access and contributes to industry and community sustainability.

PHA is accepting applications for the following positions:

1. Project Officer, Biosecurity Planning and Implementation
2. Manager, National Fruit Fly Council


1. Project Officer, Biosecurity Planning and Implementation

Biosecurity planning improves preparedness for pest incursions and is an obligation under the Emergency Plant Pest Response Deed, of 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 among PHA members.

How to apply

Your application must address the selection criteria which are available in the position description document.

Please direct your application and any enquiries to Angela Ditton at [email protected]

Applications are open.

2. Manager, National Fruit Fly Council

The National Fruit Fly Council brings together governments, growers and research funders to oversee implementation of the National Fruit Fly Strategy and to drive delivery of a cost-effective and sustainable approach to managing fruit flies across Australia.

The Council provides leadership and advice on strategic policy and RD&E issues about fruit fly to a range of stakeholders including the National Biosecurity Committee, Plant Health Committee, Hort Innovation, industry and the community.

About the role

Subject to guidance from the National Manager, Performance & Innovation, the position has primary responsibility for leading the development of a cost-effective and sustainable national approach to fruit fly management, monitoring and driving progress against the National Fruit Fly Strategy, management of staff and contribution to national committees and stakeholder liaison.

An attractive remuneration package will be offered to the successful applicant who has a strong, national understanding of biosecurity partnerships that deliver value and minimise pest impacts on Australia, enhances market access and contributes to industry and community sustainability. Also, this is for at least a four year contract.

How to apply

  1. Download a copy of the position description.
  2. Submit your EOI via email to [email protected] by Monday 18 October.

Applications close 18 October.