First listed on: 28 February 2019

Senior Operations Leader Compliance & Regulation

Job Grade / Classification:  Environmental Officer 10
Employment Type: Full Time ongoing role
Location:  Queanbeyan

Agency overview

The Department of Planning & Environment is the lead NSW Government agency in planning for a growing NSW. The Department is going through an exciting period of organisational and operational change.

The Department’s vision – “Planning for growing NSW: inspiring strong communities, protecting our environment” – provides the benchmark for our partnership and leadership approach to engaging and working collaboratively with key State and Local Government, community and industry stakeholders to deliver better outcomes in the areas of planning, local government and the environment.

The Department’s two related agencies - the Office of Environment & Heritage and the Office of Local Government - support the conservation and protection of the environment and an effective local government sector in NSW. Several other entities associated with the Department include the Environment Protection Authority, statutory trusts responsible for zoos, parks and gardens, independent assessment and planning bodies, and development corporations.

Conservation and Regional Delivery Division provides integrated and customer focused services at the regional and local level to strengthen environmental conservation across NSW. This Division has responsibility for delivering state-wide conservation programs and includes services, programs and grants for threatened species, environmental water management, planning, coast, estuary and floodplain management, community engagement, compliance and enforcement.

About the Role:

In the role you will be implementing biodiversity and cultural heritage compliance and audit programs within the South East region of NSW. Working closely with stakeholders and colleagues, you will be managing complex compliance investigations, striving for positive environmental outcomes and contributing to the development and implementation of best practice and innovative conservation programs. You will be mentoring staff, undertaking critical decision-making and ensuring a safe and productive work environment whilst also being supported to pursue career goals in a collaborative team.  

Primary purpose of the role

To implement a robust and credible compliance and audit program and contribute to the development and implementation of best practice and innovative environmental and conservation programs.

Essential requirements
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience in the delivery of complex compliance and governance programs, audits and investigations.
  • Experience in developing, implementing and monitoring operational plans for the delivery of complex programs, with a demonstrated track record of providing program direction and achieving results.
  • Experience in implementing work health and safety provisions for field- based staff.
  • Hold ISO 19011 auditor certification or similar, or have capacity to obtain such certification within 3 months of commencement in this role.
  • As this role carries a high degree of decision making, and requires a significant level of integrity when conducting regulatory and compliance activities a Criminal History Check is a requirement of this role.
  • Current Class C Drivers' Licence
To be successful in the role, ideally you will have:
  • A working knowledge of regulation and/or compliance frameworks.
  • An understanding of key natural resource management frameworks relating to land, water and biodiversity.
  • A track record of working with or within governments and other organisations to achieve positive outcomes.
Please read the following documents prior to preparing your application:

Our commitment to diversity and flexibility:

At the Planning and Environment Cluster, we believe a diverse and inclusive workforce contributes to the success of our business and are committed to ensuring that our workforce reflects the communities of NSW.

We understand that flexibility means different things to different people and are committed to offering flexible work arrangements where and when possible.

Good to know:

A Recruitment Pool may be established for future temporary and ongoing roles with similar focus capabilities. The Recruitment Pool may be available to hiring managers from DPE and other NSW Public Sector agencies over a 12-month period.  

To Apply: 

Complete all the questions in the online application. Two of the questions will require you to provide specific examples from your experience (4000-character limit per question). These questions are shown below. Do not address these in your cover letter

Q1. Provide an example of a program that you have managed or delivered that achieved regulatory outcomes in collaboration with stakeholders. When managing or delivering this program, what strategies did you employ to achieve the outcomes?

Q2. Outline techniques you have used to achieve positive outcomes when dealing with complex regulatory matters that involved multiple stakeholders or parties with varying interests.

The information provided in your application needs to show how you meet the focus capabilities and other essential requirements of the role. (Refer to the role description for details about the capabilities and the associated behavioural indicators. The role description also lists the essential role requirements.)

Applications Close: Sunday 17th March at 11:59pm.

Should you require further information about the role please contact Adam Vey 0419 185 506 or email

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