ARPANSA values workplace diversity and is committed to providing a supportive, inclusive and respectful work environment. We welcome people with diverse skills, experiences, perspectives and backgrounds, and encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, people with disabilities, people that identify as LGBTIQ+, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
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Non-ongoing opportunity will be offered for a specified term:
This position will be offered as a non-ongoing contract for an initial period of up to 6 months, with a possibility of extension of up to three years. This position may become ongoing (permanent) in the next 12 months. Should the position become ongoing, then Order of Merit established through this selection process may be used to fill the vacancy on an ongoing basis.
The Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) is the Australian Government's primary authority on radiation protection and nuclear safety. Our purpose is to protect the Australian people and the environment from the harmful effects of radiation, through understanding risks, best practice regulation, research, policy, services, partnerships and engaging with the community.
The Facility Safety Section is responsible for regulation of all prescribed radiation facilities and nuclear installations. This includes the assessment of new and amended licence applications, compliance monitoring via an inspection program and producing regulatory guidance. Major installations include the OPAL reactor, radiopharmaceuticals production and waste management facilities and the ANSTO Synroc facility for immobilisation of liquid intermediate level waste at the Lucas Heights Science and Technology Centre. The Facility Safety Section is also responsible for coordination of ARPANSA’s efforts to prepare for receiving a licence application for the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility (NRWMF), including associated outreach activities.
Primary purpose of the role
In this role you will be responsible for providing advice in relation to ARPANSA regulatory functions, including assessment of licence applications; compliance monitoring and conducting inspections; providing advice on radiation protection, nuclear safety and the regulation of sources, prescribed radiation facilities and nuclear installations; and assisting with the development of policies, strategies and regulatory guidance.
- Assess applications for licences of nuclear installations, prescribed radiation facilities and sources against legislation, guidelines, codes of practice and standards;
- Perform inspections of nuclear installations and prescribed radiation facilities to assess compliance with legislation and associated codes and standards;
- Contribute to the development of regulatory policies, processes and associated guidelines;
- Contribute to the development of codes and standards for radiation protection and nuclear safety;
- Liaise with ARPANSA stakeholders on issues related to regulation of sources, prescribed radiation facilities and nuclear installations;
- Undertake assigned tasks as a member of the Regulatory Services Branch as required.
Job specific capabilities
The role is part of a larger regulatory team responsible for providing advice on the regulation of sources, prescribed radiation facilities and nuclear installations undertaken by Australian Government entities and their contractors. The position provides an opportunity to contribute to regulatory reform and build productive and sustainable relationships with ARPANSA’s stakeholders.
To be considered for this position, you must possess a science or engineering degree from an Australian University or hold comparable overseas qualifications. It is also desirable to have experience in radiation protection and/or nuclear safety. Experience of working in a regulated environment or in a regulatory role would be advantageous.
The successful applicant will be agile, demonstrate a high degree of initiative, the capacity to analyse a variety of sources of information and make sound recommendations, possess excellent oral and written communication skills and drive to advocate ARPANSA’s role in radiation protection and nuclear safety.
You must hold Australian citizenship or possess permanent residency status leading to citizenship and be prepared to travel interstate from time to time as required. Applicants must be able to attain and maintain an appropriate Security Clearance. In addition, the candidate should possess a current driver’s licence.
There are six selection criteria for this role.
- Experience in radiation protection and/or nuclear safety or working in a high hazard, regulated environment.
- Regulatory experience either within a regulatory agency or a regulated entity.
- Demonstrated ability to undertake systematic analysis of information and contribute to strategic thinking.
- Proven ability to contribute to, and perform in a high performing regulatory team.
- Demonstrated ability to cultivate positive working relationships.
- Proven ability to act with high levels of integrity and professionalism and demonstrate well-developed skills in high level communication and negotiation.