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Department of Primary Industries and Regions

Job reference: 502340

Location: – VARIOUS –

Job status: Short Term Contract

Eligibility: Open to Everyone

The Opportunity

We have an opportunity for two Animal Health Officer’s to be part of our Biosecurity Division within the Department of Primary Industries and Regions.

The primary purpose of the role is to promote good farm biosecurity practices, including providing input into the delivery of policy and processes for producer participation in animal health quality assurance systems and its contribution to disease surveillance, prevention and control.

The role contributes to delivering the agency’s priorities including providing a system for animal disease early warning and early detection of exotic diseases; developing programs for data collection to allow monitoring of animal health status and proof of disease freedom; and to maintain capacity for emergency animal disease management.

The role is responsible for delivering Animal health services in a designated regional district within S.A and may include but not limited to, on farm, saleyard and abattoir livestock inspections and sampling, auditing compliance with livestock feeding and identification requirements, emergency response, preparedness and industry education and awareness.

About Us

South Australia is internationally recognised for the quality of its agriculture, food and wine. Our regions are the backbone of our state and the economic powerhouse that drives prosperity for all South Australians.

The Department of Primary Industries and Regions (PIRSA) is a key economic development agency working in partnership with our primary industries, regional stakeholders and across all levels of government to advance the prosperity and sustainability of South Australia’s primary industries and regional communities.

We are a passionate team of around 800 people working across metropolitan and regional South Australia to develop and protect our state’s regions and food, wine, aquaculture, fisheries, forestry, grains, livestock, dairy and horticulture industries.

It’s no wonder there are so many exciting and diverse career opportunities in our organisation. If you’re ready to join us, apply now!


At the Department of Primary Industries and Regions, we offer our employees challenging and rewarding work with opportunities for career progression, learning and development and flexibility.

Our Commitment to Diversity

The Department of Primary Industries and Regions is committed to building a flexible, diverse and inclusive culture, planning for and promoting diversity. We welcome and encourage applications from diverse community groups and ages including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, LGBTIQ, people with disabilities, women and other diversity groups. The Department of Primary Industries and Regions recognises the benefits that such an approach brings for our staff and customers in delivering the future of SA.

Special Conditions

Successful applicant will be required to satisfactorily complete a National Police Check (NPC) prior to being made an offer of employment

Australian residency or current works permit is required (responsibility of applicant to provide evidence of a current work permit).


1 x position based in Mount Gambier on a 2 year contract.

1 x position based in Port Augusta or Clare by negotiation. Contract expires on 15/09/2023

The incumbent will be appointed, after a period of training, as an Inspector of Stock under the Livestock Act 1997.

The role requires a level of physical capability and fitness due to the requirements to restrain and inspect livestock and work with machinery which assist in the inspection and taking samples from livestock.

The incumbent must be or be prepared to be vaccinated against Q fever.

Out of hours work and inter / intrastate travel may be required.

Possession of a current driver’s licence and willingness to drive.

You acknowledge your work, health and safety obligations and our expectations.

The role is located at Mt Gambier, but the incumbent may be required to relocate anywhere in the state.

As authorised officers under the Animal Welfare Act 1985, and in accordance with PIRSA Emergency Response Plans, staff will, on occasion, be required to euthanize livestock on humanitarian grounds using firearms or captive bolt guns. These circumstances may include emergency animal disease outbreak, vehicle incidents such as truck rollovers, and natural disasters such as floods and bushfire. As such, the incumbent will be required to have an SA firearms license (or a willingness to get one), participate in firearms training, and be prepared to euthanize livestock.


OPS4 – $76,561 per annum – $77,901 per annum


Jody Hickey

Phone: 08 8568 6400



Application Instructions

All applications must be submitted online.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please submit a Covering Letter (no more than 3 pages) outlining your skills and experience in relation to the Professional and Technical Knowledge, Communications Skills and Planning/Organising capabilities of the role description and a current CV (no more than 5 pages). Applicants must include the contact information of at least 2 referees with 1 being your immediate supervisor/manager and a completed “Pre-Employment Declaration in the SA Public Sector” form.

Applications close: 05/10/2022 11:45 PM

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