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Aps 6 Senior Fisheries Officer

APS 6 Senior Fisheries Officer

AFMA currently has a vacancy in the National Investigations Taskforce located in our Canberra Office and is seeking a suitably qualified and experienced individual.

The National Investigations Section focuses on serious, systematic and/or large scale cases of fraud against the AFMA quota management system, with the intent of increasing the rate of compliance of fishers in abiding by legislative requirements associated with quota management.

The section also provides compliance support to other sections and branches of AFMA to meet the organisations corporate objectives.

The section may also provide operational support to National Compliance Operations (Canberra and Darwin) whose purpose is to; design and implement cost effective compliance policies, programs and regulatory regimes for Commonwealth fisheries and conduct enforcement activities in order to maintain the integrity of fisheries management arrangements.

The section also provides comprehensive management of judicial processes for breaches of the Fisheries Management Act 1991, the Torres Strait Fisheries Act 1984 and the Criminal Code Act 1995.

As a Senior Fisheries Officer in the National Investigations Taskforce you will be responsible for:

* Coordinating complex fraud investigations
* Ensuring that the investigations are conducted in accordance with the Commonwealth Policy on Fraud Control, and the Australian Government Investigation Standards (AGIS) and the Crimes Act 1914.
* Advising other stakeholder agencies on AFMAs fisheries compliance and enforcement aspects and activities.

Further to this as a Senior Fisheries Officer you may be responsible for undertaking one or more of the following duties:

* Conducting field operational activities (eg in-port vessel inspections, fish receiver inspections, surveillance and at-sea boarding) and undertaking investigations in relation to illegal fishing activity
* Preparing briefs of evidence for the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (CDPP) and act as complainant and witness in court hearings
* Undertake research and analysis to form intelligence reports and recommendations dealing with fisheries compliance matters

* Participate in international enforcement activity focussed on combating IUU fishing and the delivery of capacity building programs.

An order of merit may be established to fill future ongoing and non-ongoing vacancies in Darwin and Canberra offices and Thursday Island.

AFMA currently have three office locations in Australia (Canberra, Darwin and Thursday Island) and the location of the roles and where an employee is based will be subject to operational requirements.

Relocation Assistance may be provided in accordance with AFMAs Relocation Policy.


AFMA staff are employed under the Public Service Act 1999. All applicants must be Australian citizens.

Essential requirements for this position include:

1. Prior to interview shortlisted applicants will be required to undertake psychometric testing and complete a medical/fitness assessment. Employment is conditional on successful applicants being able to meet AFMAs medical/fitness standard.
2. Applicants are required to possess or have the ability to attain a Certificate IV in Government (Investigations).
3. Applicants may be required to possess or have the ability to attain a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.
4. Ability to travel internationally and/or domestically and/or be deployed to sea including of times of short notice.

Other requirements of the positions include:

1. Experience with vessels at sea and an understanding of commercial fishing vessel design, construction and fishing techniques is highly desirable.
2. Applicants may be required to spend extended periods of time away from home base, including on Royal Australian Navy, Australian Border Force, International patrol platforms or chartered vessels. An allowance is payable for this function.
3. Applicants may be required to spend extended periods of time away from home base, often in developing countries with limited facilities, delivering in-country training programs and investigation support.
4. Applicants will be required to be physically fit and able to carry out manual tasks within a field work environment and will be required to undertake;

* first aid training including CPR
* sea safety training including HUET training
* defence tactics training


AFMAs method of submission for applications is via our online Recruitment system. Please check our website http://www.afma.gov.au/about/career/default.htm for more information on how to apply.

Before applying for this vacancy we advise you read the Positions Description, AFMAs Work Level Standards (WLS) and The Integrated Leadership System (ILS) tools associated with the APS classification of this vacancy. Further information can be found on AFMAs website.

Please note that AFMA is currently advertising a number of vacancies within the Fisheries Management and Fisheries Operations Branches all of which are listed on APSjobs and AFMAs website.

Contact Officer: Tod Spencer (02) 6225 5312.

Closing date for applications is Sunday 14 August 2016.

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Date Posted
Canberra & Act, ACT 2600
Job Type
Full Time, Permanent
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