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Duty Veterinarian - National Engagement (ACDP)

Date: 02-Sep-2022

Location: Geelong, VIC, AU

Company: CSIRO

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The Opportunity


  • ​​​​​​Provide high level support and advice to the Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness Directorate 
  • Draw on your strong knowledge of animal biosecurity in Australia
  • Join us at the Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness – unique in the southern hemisphere!


In the role of Duty Veterinarian – National Engagement, you will work within the Diagnosis, Surveillance and Response Program (DSR) at the Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness (ACDP).  Your work will be focussed in two key areas:

  1. Participating in the delivery of ACDP’s diagnostic service; and
  2. Supporting to the ACDP directorate in the management of strategic stakeholder relationships regarding CSIRO’s animal health portfolio.

Working as a member of the Veterinary Investigations and Epidemiology team, you will liaise with partner agencies and other submitters, coordinate laboratory testing and interpret and report results. To be eligible for the role, you must hold a veterinary degree registerable in Australia, to act as an approved signatory for diagnostic reporting under ACDP's NATA accredited Quality Assurance System.  

You will also work with the ACDP Directorate and administrative services team to facilitate stakeholder engagement and management, provision of advice and support on complex issues, coordination of reporting, building strong internal and external networks, conducting analyses and research and formulating and preparing a range of strategic communications. This will include working closely with ACDP members of the Animal Health Committee (AHC) and Sub Committee for Animal Health Laboratory Standards (SCAHLS).

The appointee must be able to meet ACDP’s Microbiological Security and Security Clearance requirements.

In this role you will:


  • Deliver ACDP's diagnostic services (under supervision of the team leader).
  • Participate in the provision of a prompt and accurate veterinary diagnostic service.
  • Contribute to maintaining ACDP’s Emergency Animal Disease Response Plan.
  • Contribute to the coordination of ACDP's training programs and activities.
  • Operate under, and help maintain, the laboratory's quality assurance and accreditation.
  • Provide technical information and advice to various agencies. 
  • Collaborate with other project scientists to publish results of investigations and service activities.
  • Provide high level support and advice to the ACDP Directorate.
  • Prepare and review sensitive documentation; coordinating input from across ACDP.
  • Identify emerging opportunities and unforeseen issues requiring management attention or intervention, and develop appropriate actions.
  • Coordinate responses to information requests and reporting requirements.


Location:       Geelong – Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness (ACDP), VIC
Salary:           AU$102k - AU$111k per annum, plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure:          Specified term ending 25 June, 2025 
Reference:    87602

To be considered you will need:


  • A degree in Veterinary Science registerable in Australia. 
  • A high level of scientific knowledge and interest in transboundary and/or zoonotic animal diseases.
  • A detailed understanding and experience working in the area of animal biosecurity at state and national levels.
  • A record of client focus in the delivery of services.
  • The ability to work co-operatively as a member of a larger project team and to network with scientific and industry colleagues across a range of disciplines.
  • Strong interpersonal and influencing skills.


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.
  • To enter a CSIRO site, CSIRO will require you to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (or show a valid medical exemption from vaccination). If you are unable to meet this requirement, then you must return a negative result on a Rapid Antigen Test (within 48 hours prior to attending site) and wear a face mask whilst on the CSIRO site. These requirements apply if you are attending a CSIRO site as part of a recruitment process.

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. 

Join us and start creating tomorrow today!

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


16th October 2022 (11pm AEST)