NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI)

  • A fantastic ongoing opportunity
  • Dubbo, Queanbeyan, Coffs Harbour and Armidale locations considered
  • Offering an attractive salary ranging from $128,473 – $131,039 + super

We encourage applicants from all backgrounds including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, culturally and linguistically diverse groups, the LGBTIQ+ community, veterans, refugees, and people with disability. We support an inclusive workplace where staff have access to opportunities and resources at all levels, enabling our team members to drive innovation, productivity and delivery of high-quality services.

We provide dignified access to reasonable adjustments both during the recruitment process and in the workplace. If you require reasonable adjustment during the recruitment process, please call or text the contact for this role.


About Us

The NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) supports the development of profitable primary industries that create a more prosperous NSW and contributes to a better environment through the sustainable use of natural resources.

Within NSW DPI, the Biosecurity & Food Safety Division is responsible for effective management and risk minimisation of biosecurity threats to NSW as well as the through-chain regulation of food safety. It delivers a risk based approach to policy and compliance, and provides regional engagement and coordination in response to emergency incidents and natural disasters impacting primary industries and the food sector.

What will you be doing:

You will lead the team of Regional Plant Biosecurity Officers by applying strong technical, scientific and people management skills to build collaboration and partnerships in delivering regional plant biosecurity awareness, surveillance, reporting and adoption of plant biosecurity priorities to support the NSW economy, environment and community.


Working as the new Leader Regional Plant Biosecurity you will: 

  • Lead analysis, strategic planning, project management, and internal and external stakeholder liaison to ensure regionally located plant biosecurity officers are equipped and enabled to effectively deliver their role.
  • Understand the use and implementation of biosecurity procedures and practices, particularly in relation to plant biosecurity.
  • Contribute to the timely and professional delivery of Plant Biosecurity unit responsibilities.
  • Build and maintain strategic and effective relationships with key internal and external stakeholders, industry groups and peak advisory bodies.
  • Manage financial and budgetary responsibilities
  • Promote and maintain a safe work culture


What you need to be successful as Leader Regional Plant Biosecurity:

  • Tertiary qualifications in agriculture, plant science, entomology, ecology or other area relevant to plant biosecurity
  • Demonstrated application of your technical experience and knowledge to science-based decision making
  • Strong demonstrated experience in project or program management in a biosecurity related or science-based role
  • Outstanding performance and success in leadership and empowering a team to deliver against project objectives within allocated timeframes and budget constraints
  • Current NSW Driver’s Licence with a good driving record and the ability and willingness to travel.


Why work for Department of Regional NSW (DRNSW)?

Exciting career pathways and opportunities

We offer vibrant and exciting career paths for people from a wide range of backgrounds and skills. Once you join the NSW Government, you’ll be supported to develop your skills and expertise through ongoing training, and opportunities to move easily from role to role, and agency to agency across the entire NSW government.



Providing a safe, supportive, ethical, diverse and inclusive workplace for our people is one of our priorities. We run a variety of programs and provide a range of supporting resources to ensure the wellbeing of all our people.


Our people: 

Join DRNSW and you’ll be joining a team of more than 4,000 passionate people spread across a diverse range of disciplines and functions including – public works, land services, fisheries, agriculture and biosecurity. If you’re motivated and passionate about making a difference to the people of regional NSW we invite you to become part of our story.

Apply now:

All applications must be submitted online and should include your current resume and a cover letter telling us why you’re a great fit.

If you would like to hear more about this role, please contact Kathy Gott on Kathy.Gott@dpi.nsw.gov.au  Click here to view the role description.

Applications close on Wednesday 4th August 2021 @ 11.55pm

A recruitment pool may be created for ongoing and temporary roles of the same role or role type that may become available for filling over the next eighteen months.