Policy & Technical Officer – APS6 (The position has been filled)
Australia, Australian Capital Territory
  • Rare opportunity to work directly for the Office of the Chief Veterinary Officer
  • Liaise with stakeholders in Australia and other countries
  • Canberra-based role to start ASAP



Our client is the Office of the Chief Veterinary Officer that sits within the Department of Agriculture, Water & the Environment. It provides the strategic focal point and leadership role for international and national biosecurity policies, strategies, objectives and outcomes relevant to animal health in Australia. It also provides international representation of Australia’s animal health status and systems and positively influences international policy and standards.



It’s not often that you are presented with the opportunity to upskill yourself by working directly for the OCVO. Some of the tasks associated with this role include:

  • Coordination and consultation activities with stakeholders to draft Australia’s contributions to the development of international standards and policies (including OIE Terrestrial Animal Health Code Commission Report, SOPs and OIE’s strategic plan)
  • Support the Australian CVO in his role as Australia’s OIE Delegate and President of the OIE World Assembly
  • Support the timely submission of disease status reports to the OIE in accordance with Australia’s obligations as an OIE member
  • Represent the department and liaise, negotiate and effectively communicate with Australian and overseas government agencies, industry bodies, and other internal and external stakeholders to influence animal health policy settings.
  • Monitor global animal health issues and proactively identify the potential to impact on Australia’s animal health status
  • Monitoring relevant research and proactively identify issues of priority, analyse this data and develop technical submissions, recommendations and briefings on these issues
  • Be the point of contact for the Ministers Office on wildlife wetmarket issues
  • Engage with relevant internal and external subject matter experts to ensure sound technical advice on wildlife wet markets.



  • A degree in Veterinary Science or Veterinary Medicine and Surgery. Further qualifications such as a Masters in Epidemiology or Public Health or similar, will be highly regarded
  • Proven ability to translate complex veterinary science into high level policy outcomes and prepare scientific and technical advice in a government setting and for external stakeholders
  • Ability to represent the department and effectively communicate with Australian and overseas government agencies, and other internal and external stakeholders, to help influence animal health policy settings as appropriate
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to undertake objective, systematic analysis and draw accurate conclusions based on evidence
  • The ability to independently manage workflow, exercise judgement and resolve issues
  • Must be an Australian Citizen and be willing to undergo Baseline Clearance and a National Police Check.



For a confidential discussion about this exciting opportunity, please call Helen on 0438 620 434.  To apply for this role, please click the ‘Apply Now’ button then send your current resume and a cover letter to CS Executive Group.



CS Executive Group would like to thank you in advance for taking the time to apply for this role. Unfortunately, due to the large volume of correspondence our recruitment team receives on a daily basis, we genuinely cannot respond to each application—only those applicants being considered for shortlisting as candidates are contacted.

However, if on this occasion you’re unsuccessful, please note your details will be added to our Talent Pool database.