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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 five positions:

1. Fruit Fly Engagement and Extension Coordinator
2. Project Officer, National Fruit Fly Council
3. Learning and Development Officer
4. Project Officer, Biosecurity Planning and Implementation
5. Project Officer, Digital Platforms for Surveillance and Diagnostics


1. Fruit Fly Engagement and Extension Coordinator

About the role

With guidance from the National Manager, Performance and Innovation, and the Manager NFFC, the position has primary responsibility for the coordination of the fruit fly extension project and NFFC engagement activities. With supervision, the position is required to plan and execute engagement activities with fruit fly stakeholders across Australia, and be guided by the NFFC and the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE).

Responsibilities include:

  • Consulting with DAWE and the NFFC on priority areas and desired outcomes for national fruit fly engagement.
  • Planning and drafting quarterly Activity Work Plans to deliver the fruit fly extension project.
  • Driving and delivering activities as described in the quarterly Activity Work Plans.
  • Monitoring and reporting progress against quarterly Activity Work Plans.
  • Building relationships with a network of fruit fly stakeholders across Australia.
  • Developing materials and processes to support national fruit fly engagement.

How to apply

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

Please direct your application and any enquiries to National Manager, Performance & Innovation, Mila Bristow at [email protected].

Applications are due by COB 31 July 2021


2. Project Officer, National Fruit Fly Council

About the role

With guidance from the Manager of the NFFC the position is responsible for providing end-to-end secretariat support for the NFFC, including coordination of meeting logistics, research and preparation of materials for meetings, coordination and distribution of papers, recording of minutes, follow-up on action items, and other activities as identified by the NFFC and in accordance with the associated contract requirements. The position will also take the lead in preparing NFFC media and communications activities and facilitating stakeholder engagement with NFFC.

Responsibilities include:

  • Coordination of NFFC meeting logistics, including proposing and communicating dates, locations, agenda topics, and stakeholder participation.
  • Coordination of NFFC meeting agenda, papers, action items, communique and minutes.
  • Preparation and coordination of NFFC media and communications, including website content, e-newsletter content, industry articles, fruit fly webinars, etc.
  • Preparation and coordination of NFFC reporting, including National Fruit Fly Strategy Implementation Plans and associated reports, contracted milestone reports, and PHA reports.

How to apply

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

Please direct your application and any enquiries to National Manager, Performance & Innovation, Mila Bristow at [email protected]

Applications are due by COB 31 July 2021.


3. Learning and Development Officer

PHA maintains a training program area to support its members in their biosecurity needs and obligations, including a strong focus on developing skilled and prepared personnel that can effectively contribute in the event of a plant biosecurity incursion. The training program utilises a range of approaches and support tools, including eLearning, guides, workshops and simulation exercises.

About the role

The position has responsibility for developing, reviewing and implementing plant biosecurity and emergency management training projects that enhance the capability and capacity of PHA Members and related stakeholders in biosecurity and emergency management.

The role has primary responsibility for:

  • the administration of the Biosecurity Online Training (BOLT) platform which is PHA’s Learning Management System (LMS)
  • the development, planning and design of eLearning courses
  • scheduling and management of learning and development activities,
  • maintaining quality learning materials in collaboration with subject matter experts.

Using adult learning principles, the role will also support the development and implementation of a variety of training activities with PHA members, including general biosecurity training, and emergency response simulation exercises.

How to apply

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

Please direct your application and any enquiries to [email protected].

Applications are due by COB 28 July 2021.


4. 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 Mel Hendrie, HR Consultant at [email protected].

Applications are due by COB 15 August 2021.


5. Project Officer, Digital Platforms for Surveillance and Diagnostics

Continued biosecurity efforts are focused on investing in critical frontline resources and people; modernising ICT systems, technology, and data analytics; and strengthening partnerships with importers, companies, producers, and the community. PHA has developed an innovative tool – AUSPestCheck™ – to collect, analyse and display plant pest surveillance data. AUSPestCheck™ is a proprietary application which has been built in Microsoft Azure using a loosely-coupled micro-service model.

About the role

With oversight from the Manager, Digital Platforms and overarching supervision from the National Manager Surveillance and Diagnostics, the role will provide support for a range of software platforms managed by PHA that deliver national surveillance and diagnostic outcomes for plant biosecurity.

The major focus of the role will be provision of service desk support for AUSPestCheck™ the national system for aggregation of plant biosecurity surveillance data. The system has been developed to capture surveillance data from governments and plant industries in Australia, integrating this information to allow mapping and interrogation of pest distribution.

The role will support users of AUSPestCheck™ during normal business hours to resolve any issues with access or use of the system in a responsive, timely and professional manner. The position will require someone with excellent communication skills to liaise with system users as well as assist with delivering training and develop support material for users. The role will support logging issues (system bugs), monitoring progress and testing bug fixes, and assisting manage the maintenance contract for the system.

The role will also provide support for other digital platforms managed by PHA, including the Pest and Disease Image Library and the Australian Plant Pest Database. The position will support the project team with governance committees established for these digital platforms.

The position is based in the PHA Office in Canberra and is available on a full-time basis until June 2024, with the potential for extension.

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 Mel Hendrie, HR Consultant at [email protected]

Applications are due by COB 15 August 2021.