First listed on: 18 January 2023

Animal Welfare Officer


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The Opportunity

  • Help ensure the best possible treatment of animals in a research environment
  • Use your strong attention to detail to ensure compliance with animal welfare regulations
  • With your passion for animal welfare, provide specialist advice to our dedicated Animal Services teams

The Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness (ACDP) provides diagnostic and research capability required to investigate and respond to newly emerging diseases affecting livestock and other animals.  Our Quality Assurance team is now offering an opportunity for a second Animal Welfare Officer at the ACDP.  

As an ACDP Animal Welfare Officer, you will provide veterinary advice and specialist expertise in the management of animal welfare relating to CSIRO research.  With your primary focus on ensuring the welfare of animals used in research, you will also be involved in diagnostic work and training animal technicians in medical and surgical techniques.  Building effective relationships across ACDP to ensure the best possible welfare and care of animals in the facility, you will provide leadership in maintaining the standard of animal care and use.

The appointee must be able to meet ACDP microbiological security and security assessment requirements.

Your duties will include:

  • Provide veterinary advice and support to research staff regarding animal welfare issues. 
  • Advise on experimental proposals, design and animal ethics applications.
  • Coordinate and conduct regular internal audits and monitor approved research projects to ensure the care and welfare of the animals involved.
  • Provide advice for the development of new Standard Operating Procedures and maintain a central register. 
  • Collaborate and support the development and delivery of relevant training and promote best practice in the care and use of animals in research.
  • Provide leadership and strategic advice on current and emerging animal welfare matters.
  • Abide by and promote microbiological security regulations at ACDP. 

Location:  Geelong – Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness (ACDP), VIC
Salary:  AU$105k - AU$114k per annum, plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:   Specified term of 2 years – Full-time
Reference:  91301

To be considered you will need:

  • A veterinary degree registrable with the Veterinary Practitioners Registration Board of Victoria.
  • Experience working with animal ethics committees and dealing with animal welfare issues.
  • An in depth understanding of animal research ethics principles and relevant state and national requirements.
  • A sound understanding of scientific research methods and the use of these methods in a variety of settings.
  • The ability to effectively interpret policies, procedures and guidelines.
  • The ability to professionally handle sensitive and confidential information.
  • The ability to work effectively in a team environment, collaborate widely and establish effective relationships.

To see the full list of criteria for this role, please view the Position Details 


  • Applications are open to Australian Citizens only.
  • The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Clearance or equivalent, and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. 

Diversity and Inclusion

We are working hard to recruit people representing the diversity across our society, and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish. 


At CSIRO Australia's national science agency, we solve the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology. We put the safety and wellbeing of our people above all else and earn trust everywhere because we only deal in facts. We collaborate widely and generously and deliver solutions with real impact. CSIRO is committed to values-based leadership to inspire performance and unlock the potential of our people.

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How to Apply

Please apply online and provide a CV and cover letter outlining your motivations for applying and your suitability for the role, paying particular attention to the requirements outlined in the Position Details.

Applications Close

Wednesday 1 February, 2023 (11pm AEDT)

We reserve the right to withdraw this ad prior to the closing date.

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