Australia nationals: Director (Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards)

Australian Department of Agriculture
Canberra, ACT, Australia
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Work Environment
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 providing advice on national water policy and reform including water markets and trade policy, national urban water policy, national water quality, national non-urban water metering standards. The branch has the lead on water related international engagement, Great Artesian Basin matters and funding program, the Emergency Water Infrastructure Rebate Scheme, and Lake Eyre Basin issues and the associated intergovernmental agreement. The branch also administers the Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) scheme.

The WELS scheme is an effective demand management program that reduces potable water use by informing consumers about water efficiency of specified household products at the point of sale. In 2018 WELS is estimated to have saved 122 billion litres of water, reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 2 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalents, and saved households $1.1 billion in utility bills. By 2036 savings are expected to rise to 230 billion litres of water, 2.4 million tonnes of greenhouse gases and $2.6 billion in utility bills. The WELS section manages product registrations through an online database system; leads the development of an international WELS standard through the International Organization for Standardization (ISO); coordinates, consults and communicates with industry and government stakeholders; and undertakes compliance and enforcement activities in accordance with WELS legislation, the published WELS Compliance Policy and the Compliance and Enforcement Strategy 2018 to 2020.

The Job
The duties of the role include:
• engaging with industry stakeholders and state and territory counterparts in water and plumbing regulation
• planning and overseeing compliance and enforcement activities, ensuring staff resources are targeted to areas of greatest risk to the WELS scheme and that appropriate operating and evidence collection procedures are in place and utilised
• recommending appropriate enforcement actions in accordance with legislation, risk frameworks and agreed decision pathways
• leading development of an ISO international standard for water efficiency labelling and participation in domestic standard development to support WELS objectives
• overseeing product registrations in keeping with legislative requirements, and managing updates and upgrades to the product registration database
• planning and overseeing communication activities and products
• preparing and reviewing briefing materials for the WELS Regulator, minister and departmental executives
• managing and supporting a team of 12-14 staff.

Knowledge and experience
• Experience in or an understanding of government regulation, and knowledge of best practice regulatory principles.
• Experience working with and maintaining good relationships with external stakeholders, such as representatives from regulated industry.
• Experience in managing a high-performing team.

Skills and capabilities
The successful applicant will have:
• demonstrated leadership skills, including building a positive team culture and managing and developing staff to support high individual and team performance
• high level stakeholder engagement and communication skills
• a demonstrated ability to work with a high level of autonomy, and use initiative under broad direction
• sound judgement and decision making skills, and a proven ability to analyse complex issues, identify problems and provide advice on appropriate solutions
• an ability to engage with technical material and legislation as required.

This position requires a Negative Vetting Level 1 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).

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