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WA Based

BIOSECURITY OFFICER

WA

KPCA

The Kimberley Pilbara Cattlemen’s Association (KPCA) is an industry development and advocacy body that represents a diverse range of producers with significant pastoral land holdings across the Kimberley and Pilbara and the Gascoyne regions of Western Australia. The membership base is inclusive of corporate, family-owned and Aboriginal enterprises and also includes a number of related businesses servicing the industry. The KPCA’s vision is to support and promote a resilient, profitable and sustainable beef industry.

Job Type:

To Dec 2024 with possibility to extend

Remuneration:

Competitive salary package

Start:

Hiring Now

Expires:

Friday 1st March 2024

Job Description:

The KPCA is working collaboratively with the Western Australian Department of Primary

Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD), the North Australian Coordination Network

(NACN), key industries, and local communities to show leadership to enhance the north

Australian beef industry’s capability and capacity for the early detection of, and effective

response to biosecurity emergencies to Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) and Lumpy Skin Disease

(LSD) . The outcomes of this role will support existing national priorities, strategies, and plans.

Aligning with this initiative, the KPCA is recruiting Biosecurity Officer to take a leadership role in

building industry capability and capacity to prepare for and manage biosecurity emergencies.


This role will provide guidance and leadership to the KPCA’s Emergency Preparedness Officer

who will work alongside the Biosecurity Officer to build industry capability for preparedness and

management of not only biosecurity incursions but also other emergencies including fire, natural

hazards and supply interruptions.


LOCATION: The position will be based in the Kimberley and Pilbara region until December 2024 with

possibility of extension into 2025. The role will involve significant producer engagement and

travel within the Pilbara and Kimberley regions, intra-state and interstate as required.

Key Tasks, Duties & Responsibilities:

  1. Actively engage with cattle producers in the Pilbara, Kimberley, and other associated stakeholders to build trust, confidence to build industry capability.

  2. Improve biosecurity preparedness through planning and best practices for LSD and FMD.

  3. Increase surveillance activities for any LSD or FMD incursions into Western Australia.

  4. Effectively plan for and manage an LSD or FMD incursion into Western Australia.

  5. Provide guidance and leadership to improve biosecurity practices to reduce the spread of infectious diseases and enable rapid tracing of cattle and fomite movements.

  6. Organise and facilitate workshops for northern cattle producers and associated industry stakeholders.

  7. Develop a work plan of activities to support the outcomes of the Agreement and have input into the required reports as per the KPCA’s funding agreements.

  8. Travel interstate and intrastate as required to deliver the required outcomes of the Agreement work plan.

Job Requirements:

Key Selection Criteria:

  1. Well-developed knowledge of the north Australian beef industry and / or emergency management principles/practices or the capacity to rapidly acquire.

  2. Well-developed, conceptual, and analytical skills including the ability to provide innovative solutions to complex and challenging issues.

  3. Highly developed verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills, including the ability to confidently liaise, collaborate and communicate with producers, industry stakeholders and government.

  4. Well-developed project, time management and organisational skills.

  5. Ability to self-motivate and work collaboratively in a team environment or autonomously.

  • A current and valid Western Australian "C" class (car) drivers’ license or equivalent is required.

Job Benefits:

  • This is a rare and unique opportunity to be part of a prominent Western Australian industry during an exciting period of decision stewardship and growth opportunities.

  • The position will be based in the Pilbara region until December 2024 with possibility of extension into 2025. 

  • The role will involve significant producer engagement and travel within the Pilbara and Kimberley regions, intra-state and interstate as required.

  • Competitive salary package


Please address the Key Selection Criteria listed above 1-5 in the requirements section (maximum three A4 pages) accompanied by a resume to to Bron Christensen CEO, KPCA to ceo@kpca.net.au or call 0499 331 643 to discuss the role.


PLEASE NOTE :

  • APPLICATIONS CLOSE Friday 1st March 2024

  • This is a permanent position and not available to Working Holiday Visa Holders (Backpackers).

  • Applications without required skills and experience listed in the ad will not be considered.

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