CLOSED - ARPANSA - Senior Regulatory Officer

21 Aug 2023 12:08 PM | Secretariat (Administrator)

Applications close - 11 September 2023

  • Position number- 13647
  • Classification - Executive Level 1
  • Salary range $110,305 - $126,917 + an additional 15.4% Superannuation
  • Preference will be given to candidates who hold Australian citizenship or possess permanent residency status leading to citizenship. However, the position is open to international candidates.
  • Miranda Sydney NSW
  • Ongoing
  • Regulatory Services Branch

Section overview

The Waste, Decommissioning and Transport Section has recently been established within the Regulatory Services Branch. This new section is responsible for regulation of legacy sites, waste stores, waste operational facilities, decommissioning activities and for coordination of ARPANSA’s engagement with the Australian Radioactive Waste Agency (ARWA) in developing its national strategy for decommissioning and establishing disposal pathways for low and intermediate level radioactive waste.  This includes the assessment of new and amended licence applications, compliance monitoring via an inspection program and producing regulatory guidance. The WDT section also has responsibilities for ensuring ARPANSA’s transport competent authority obligations are met.  The Section will support national and international engagement activities including relevant International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Safety Standards Committees, the Joint Convention on spent fuel and radioactive waste management, and OECD-Nuclear Energy Agency activities including the Radioactive Waste Management Committee and the Committee on Decommissioning and Legacy Management.

What we offer

Working at ARPANSA represents a dynamic and exciting opportunity to grow your career and access capability-building professional opportunities.  At ARPANSA, our workforce priorities are building sustainable capability to enable achievement of ARPANSA’s mission, leading as an employer of choice in all the fields we provide opportunities, and strategically aligning our work to deliver meaningful outcomes for the Australian Community.  A role at ARPANSA involves:

  • Values and behaviours that underpin a culture characterised by commitment, respect, delivery, inclusion and collegiality.
  • Opportunities to engage with national and international stakeholders, in a context that values leading practice science.
  • The opportunity to pursue your interests while contributing to the Australian community.
  • A commitment to providing an inclusive and diverse workplace where all employees are valued.  We appreciate the experiences, skills and perspectives of all individuals and harness a collaborative environment.  We actively encourage applications from people with diverse backgrounds.
  • Great working conditions including competitive salaries with 15.4% superannuation, generous leave conditions, flexible work practices, modern amenities, and free parking at both our Yallambie and Miranda sites.

Primary purpose of the role

The Senior Regulatory Officer, Waste, Decommissioning and Transport role will provide specialist advice and assistance to Regulatory Services Branch on the safety of the design and operation of radioactive waste management facilities, waste storage facilities, waste disposal facilities, legacy sites and nuclear installations or other prescribed radiation facilities undergoing decommissioning. This role will also support transport assessments required in delivering ARPANSA’s function as a transport competent authority. This role is part of a small multi-disciplinary team involved in the regulation of waste, decommissioning and transport activities of Commonwealth entities.

Key accountabilities

  • Assess applications for licences associated within the remit of the waste, decommissioning and transport section against legislation, guidelines, codes and standards;
  • Perform inspections of prescribed radiation facilities and nuclear installations to assess compliance with legislation and associated codes and standards;
  • Prepare regulatory policies and processes and associated guidelines;
  • Contribute to the development of codes and standards for radiation protection;
  • Liaise with ARPANSA stakeholders on issues related to regulation of waste, decommissioning activities and transport; and
  • Undertake allotted tasks as a member of the Regulatory Services Branch as required

Our ideal candidate - job specific capabilities

The successful applicant will possess a degree or advanced degree from an Australian University in science or engineering or comparable overseas qualifications or other alternative qualifications, which are appropriate to the duties of the position.  You should also have demonstrated experience relevant to the design, construction, operation or regulation of waste operations and nuclear installations.

You must have the ability to work effectively and collaboratively in a multi-disciplinary team environment with a high degree of professionalism and collegiality.  In addition you must have the ability to develop productive working relationships with other ARPANSA staff, stakeholders, and other government agencies. You must have a high degree of initiative, be able to make sound decisions, and have excellent oral and written communication skills.

Candidates who hold Australian citizenship or possess permanent residency status leading to citizenship will be preferred, although the post is open to international candidates. Candidates must be prepared to travel interstate from time to time as required.  As a minimum, ARPANSA requires all new employees to obtain and maintain a Baseline security clearance as a condition of engagement. However, this role will require the incumbent to obtain and maintain a higher level of security clearance.

Selection criteria

There are five selection criteria for this position. If you want to advance your career, please tells us your skills, experiences and achievements that demonstrate all selection criteria in no more than 1000 words in total.

1.  Expert knowledge of and wide experience in radiation and nuclear safety including design, operation and construction or regulation of nuclear installations and prescribed radiation facilities;

2.  Demonstrated operational or regulatory experience in activities relating to nuclear and radiation safety including:

  • Safety assessments, inspections and compliance monitoring;
  • Preparation of a range of technical reports and safety evaluation reports.

3.  Demonstrated ability to apply professional judgment and innovative approaches to problem solving and decision making on complex matters

4.  Demonstrated ability to build and sustain relationships with internal and external stakeholders

5.  Demonstrated capacity to produce reports which are clear, concise and readily understood by the intended audience.


Employment with ARPANSA is subject to:

  • conditions prescribed within the Public Service Act 1999.
  • Australian Government Security Vetting Agency (AGSVA) granting a security clearance at the required level.
  • evidence of qualifications required of the role.
  • evidence of a completed national police-check with no risks identified by ARPANSA.
  • the CEO of ARPANSA, or their Delegate, approving a Notice of Engagement.

The Australian Government Security Clearance Application Guide Book provides information on minimum eligibility requirements for holding a security clearance at the required level.  Please ensure that you are able to provide the necessary documents if you apply for the position. More information on the security clearance vetting process is available on the AGSVA website.

How to apply

Applications can be lodged through ARPANSA Careers.

Your application will consist of resume, ARPANSA cover letter, contact details for two referees and a ‘1000-word pitch’ that considers:

  • Key accountabilities
  • Job specific capabilities
  • Selection criteria.

ARPANSA recognises the need for our workforce to reflect the community we serve and provide an inclusive environment that respects and values diversity.  We strongly encourage qualified applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.


RecruitAbility applies to this vacancy.  Under the RecruitAbility scheme applicants who choose to apply under the scheme will be invited to participate in further assessment activity for the vacancy, where they meet the minimum requirements for the position.  ARPANSA will provide reasonable adjustments or flexibilities in the recruitment process as requested.  For more information visit:

Merit pool

The selection process will establish a merit pool that may be used to fill similar positions within 18 months of advertising.

Enterprise Agreement

To find out more about the employment conditions at ARPANSA, please refer to our Enterprise Agreement.

Thank you for your interest.


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