Senior Compliance Officer - Field Operations Team

Job Description

About the Company

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority - Senior Compliance Officer - Field Operations Team x2 positions - APS5
The Great Barrier Reef is a massive tropical marine ecosystem of 3000 individual coral reefs, deep shoals, seagrasses and mangrove systems that support many thousands of marine species. Bigger than Italy, it stretches 2300 kilometres along Australia's Queensland coast. It is the sea country home for about 70 Traditional Owner groups whose connections with the Reef go back more than 60,000 years. The Reef inspires awe in two million tourists every year and is considered 'our Reef' to the 1.1 million Australians living along its coastline. It supports approximately 64,000 jobs and contributes almost $6.4 billion a year to the Australian national economy.

This role is located in various locations including: Gladstone, QLD and Airlie Beach, QLD

The opportunity:

We are seeking two experienced and dynamic team members who can work within a high performing compliance team. These positions are currently located in Airlie Beach and Gladstone, however a merit pool will be established to fill other similar vacancies within the section, over the next 18 months. 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.


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 to ensure adherence to 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.


Applicants must:

1. be an Australian citizen at time of applying for position,

2. be able to obtain and maintain a Baseline security clearance, failure to do so will result in termination of employment.


Essential requirements

· Have an Cert II Maritime Operations (Coxswain Grade 1 Near Coastal)

· Have a 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.

· Have an Open Manual car driver's license.


Desirable qualifications or equivalent experience

· Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Marine Engine Driver Grade 3 Near Coastal).

· 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, particularly from vessel and aerial platforms.

· Possess a high-level knowledge of safe operations of 4 wheel drive vehicles and recovery equipment in adverse conditions.




Preparing your application:

Please prepare a 'pitch', which does not exceed two pages, in relation to the advertised role, outlining:

1. how your experience, abilities, knowledge and personal qualities would enable you to perform the duties and meet the technical and behavioural capabilities of the role.

2. any specific examples or achievements that demonstrate your ability to perform the role.

3. how you meet the eligibility requirements and qualifications for the position.


Applications close 01/02/2023

For enquiries, please contact Shelby McMorran - shelby.mcmorran@davidsonwp.com