PN772T, PN773T and PN351 - Senior Compliance Officer – Field Operations Team (3 Positions)

Position number: PN772T, PN773T and PN351
Classification: APS5 $71,664 - $78,641
Closing date: 26/04/2018
Branch: Reef Protection
Location: Gladstone or Cairns

The Positions

The Senior Compliance Officer plays an important role in protecting the values and integrity of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area (GBRWHA) through the application of best practice compliance management to meet legislative obligations.

Field activities are delivered across the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park (Commonwealth, including Commonwealth islands), the Great Barrier Reef Coast Marine Park (State) and island National Parks (State), which are part of the World Heritage Area.

These positions are based in the Field Management section, staffed by Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS). Field Management administers and coordinates the cooperative arrangements between the Australian and Queensland Governments which includes a Compliance Unit which delivers a coordinated Compliance Program and undertakes key functions including investigation and field operations.

These positions are part of the joint Field Management Program (FMP) for the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. The Program is jointly funded and managed by the Australian and Queensland Governments.

The Person

  • You have a proven track record that demonstrates experience and an aptitude for surveillance, compliance and enforcement.
  • You have a proven ability in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships within work groups and with external agencies or service providers.
  • You can operate in a highly dynamic working environment that requires constant re-evaluation of operational plans to ensure the best possible outcomes.
  • You have the ability to make good decisions in order to achieve objectives and to provide a safe working environment for yourself and others.
  • You are an effective communicator who can operate in small teams, and recognises the ideas and contributions of others.
  • You are comfortable operating for periods of up to eight days away from your home base, including deployments on vessels, vehicles and aircraft in a range of conditions.
  • You have knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. In particular, traditional cultural issues encompassing natural resource use and practices in the marine compliance environment.          


  1. With limited supervision and a focus on innovation and continual improvement, plan, deliver and report on surveillance activity within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area for both Commonwealth and State legislation. Operational activity is often highly responsive, requiring flexibility and an ability to prioritise operational surveillance demands.
  2. Lead and participate in multiagency surveillance operations that ensure the effective delivery of compliance management within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. Duties will also include the mentoring and management of relationships with personnel from partner agencies and organisations.
  3. Manage and coordinate surveillance assets (land, sea and aerial), personnel and logistics to deliver safe and effective surveillance operations over the entire Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, including remote locations where communications and support facilities are limited.
  4. Identify, report and value add to incidents and intelligence. To manage evidence and prepare statements to a high standard to support the assessment and potential prosecution of detected offences.
  5. To assist with investigations of suspected offences relating to both Commonwealth and State legislation relevant to the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.

These positions will be employed on a non-ongoing basis until 30 June 2019 with a possibility of ongoing engagement.

Eligibility requirements & qualifications

Applicants must

  • Applicants must be Australian citizens to be eligible for engagement.
  • Open Coxswain as recognized by Australian Maritime Safety Authority.
  • Certificate IV in Government (Compliance Management or Fraud Control) or ability to obtain within 3 months of appointment to allow appointment as a Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority Inspector’s.
  • Baseline Vetting Security Clearance, or ability to obtain in less than 3 months.
  • Open Manual car driver’s license

Highly Desirable

  • Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Marine Engine Driver Grade 3 Near Coastal) or Open Coxswain as recognized by Australian Maritime Safety Authority.
  • Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Master up to 24 metres Near Coastal) as recognized by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority.
  • Possess a Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority Inspector’s authority.
  • Have experience in the conduct of surveillance, in particular from vessel and aerial platforms.
  • Possess a high level knowledge of safe operations of 4 wheel drive vehicles and recovery equipment in adverse conditions.

Selection criteria

1. Demonstrated ability to apply appropriate knowledge, skills and experience. (Maximum 500 words)

  • Demonstrated ability to apply appropriate knowledge, skills and experience as per the duties and requirements of the position

2. Supports strategic direction (Maximum 350 words)

  • Supports shared purpose and direction
  • Thinks strategically
  • Harnesses information and opportunities
  • Shows judgement, intelligence and common sense

3. Achieves results (Maximum 350 words)

  • Identifies and uses resources wisely
  • Applies and builds professional expertise
  • Responds positively to change

4. Supports productive working relationships (maximum 350 words)

  • Nurtures internal and external relationships
  • Listens to, understands and recognises the needs of others
  • Values individual differences and diversity
  • Shares learning and supports others

5. Displays personal drive and integrity (maximum 350 words)

  • Demonstrates public service professionalism and probity
  • Engages with risk and shows personal courage
  • Commits to action
  • Promotes and adopts a positive and balanced approach to work
  • Demonstrates self-awareness and a commitment to personal development

6. Communicates with influence (Maximum 350 words)

  • Communicates clearly
  • Listens, understands and adapts to audience
  • Negotiates confidently

PLEASE NOTE: The panel will not consider additional information such as a cover letter or content exceeding the word limit.

For more information please contact:

Chris Cochrane – 0419 170 451

How to apply:

Apply online

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