Australia nationals: Program Officer (Water Division)
The Water Division helps improve water use efficiency and the health of rivers, communities, environmental assets and production systems by progressing national water reforms. The division aims to improve the environmental health of the Murray-Darling Basin, consistent with the Murray-Darling Basin Plan and other national and international obligations, by recovering water and prioritising water saving infrastructure projects. The division promotes sustainable water use nationally under the principles of the National Water Initiative. The division works in a constantly changing environment and must deliver key national water reforms in set timeframes.
The National Water Policy Branch is responsible for the development and implementation of national water policy and reforms and leads Australia’s engagement on international water matters. This includes; national water reform, Australian water markets and trade policy, urban water matters, national water quality matters, Great Artesian and Lake Eyre Basin policy and program matters, water efficiency labelling and national non-urban water metering standards.
The Great Artesian Basin and Lake Eyre Basin Section is responsible for policy development, research and program implementation to guide and coordinate state and territory government management of the Great Artesian and Lake Eyre Basin's water resources. The work of the section includes:
• providing national water policy advice to senior officers and partner jurisdictions on the management of the Great Artesian and Lake Eyre Basins
• providing national water policy advice on groundwater matters
• seeking to improve our understanding of the condition of the Great Artesian and Lake Eyre Basin's water resources and contributing to the development of targeted policies which aim to improve the management of these water resources
• working with the states and territories, industry, Geoscience Australia, and scientific and community advisory committees on implementing the Lake Eyre Basin Intergovernmental Agreement and the Great Artesian Basin Strategic Management Plan
• providing secretariat functions for committees under the Lake Eyre Basin and Great Artesian Basin programs
• managing the capping and piping programs within the Great Artesian Basin
• managing the On-farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate Scheme.
As a Program Officer you will work as part of a small and dynamic team that supports stakeholders in the management and delivery of Great Artesian Basin and Lake Eyre Basin activities. The duties of the role may include, but are not limited to:
• leading the administration and coordination of activities under the On-farm Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate Scheme
• liaising effectively across all levels of Government, industry bodies, community groups and all other stakeholders on administrative and operational matters
• contributing to policy development and project management, and the revision and improvement of internal and external documents
• undertaking research and analysis to inform policy development and implementation
• undertaking administrative and secretariat tasks for the committees of the Lake Eyre Basin and Great Artesian Basin - this includes the preparation of meeting papers, preparation for committee meetings and assisting in member appointment/reappointment processes
• preparing ministerial correspondence and assisting in the preparation of briefing materials
• providing team support in the delivery of the work of the section and corporate support to senior staff as directed.
Knowledge and experience
• Knowledge or understanding of water policy in the Great Artesian Basin and Lake Eyre Basin would be an advantage.
• Experience providing secretariat support to high-level committees is desirable but not essential.
Skills and capabilities
• Strong written and verbal communication skills.
• Demonstrated attention to detail and organisational skills.
• The ability to engage with stakeholders and build strong working relationships.
• The ability to strategically analyse program activities, any potential issues and implications and provide advice on business improvements and risk management strategies.
• The ability to work effectively within a team environment and support a positive team culture.
• The ability to independently manage workflow, exercise judgement and deliver work priorities.
This position requires a Baseline Vetting security clearance. The successful applicant will be required to obtain and maintain a clearance at this level. To be eligible for employment with the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, an applicant must be an Australian citizen. An applicant's suitability for employment with the department will be assessed through a pre-employment screening process. This process includes a requirement for the applicant to undergo and satisfy a National Police Check, referee checks, character clearance and where relevant a pre-employment medical assessment, specified mandatory qualification(s) validation and a period of 6 months probation. Any applicant that, in the course of their work, requires unescorted access within an aviation or maritime security zone will be required to obtain and maintain an Aviation Security Identification Card (ASIC) or Maritime Security Identification Card (MSIC).