Australia nationals: Director (Environment Protection Division (EPD)

Australia Department of Agriculture Water and Environment
Canberra, ACT, Australia
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Who we are
Various positions are available across two Divisions:
The Environment Approvals Division (EAD) ensures the protection of matters of national environmental significance through its regulatory responsibilities under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act). The Division performs a variety of EPBC Act policy, support and assessment work for the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment. The Australian Government has made a significant investment in this important work as part of its Congestion Busting Agenda, work that helps to protect Australia's biodiversity and heritage.

The Environment Protection Division (EPD) provides policy advice, manages key environmental legislation and leads Government reforms in relation to environmental protection and health. This includes implementing Australia’s waste export ban, coordinating the National Waste Policy, administering product stewardship programs and regulating the international movements of hazardous waste. In addition, EPD coordinates with state and territory governments to deliver national approaches on air quality and chemicals management, administers Australia’s product emissions standards legislation to improve air quality, and implements Australia’s ozone protection regime.

The Job
Directors in the Department are generally responsible for
• Leading and managing people, resources and projects to assist their Branch and Division achieve its key objectives.
• Supporting the executive and Minister by providing high level advice and briefing on key policy issues.
• Preparing analysis, interpretation, evaluation and reports, as required, on matters related to the work of the Division.
• Staff development, mentoring and performance evaluation.

The Directors of the Environmental Approvals Division have responsibility for a range of functions related to the administration of the EPBC Act, the Sea Dumping Act and/or the Antarctic Treaties Act. These duties may include undertaking environmental assessments (including strategic assessments), delivering efficient and effective referrals functions, post-approvals functions, or supporting our regulatory functions through the provision of high quality governance, policy advice, and development of training materials and business reforms, including in response to the recent ANAO Audit.

The Directors of the Environment Protection Division have responsibility for a range of legislation, programs and policies related to protecting Australia’s environment. All of these positions involve regularly briefing Ministers, coordinating positions across Commonwealth agencies; negotiating with states and territories, working closely with industry stakeholders, and at times, representing Australia at international fora.

Knowledge and experience
• Experience in, or detailed understanding of, environmental assessments and approvals under Parts 7-9 and 10 of the EPBC Act would be an advantage for positions in EAD.

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