ARPANSA - Regulatory Officer

24 Aug 2023 2:15 PM | Secretariat (Administrator)
  • Position number - 13640
  • Classification - Australian Public Service Level 6
  • Salary range - $89,288 - $102,130 + an additional 15.4% superannuation
  • Citizenship - Australian citizenship or permanent residency with a citizenship application well progressed
  • Duration - Ongoing
  • Location - Miranda Sydney NSW
  • Branch/office - Regulatory Services Branch

Our organisation

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.

Section overview

The Safety Systems team supports the CEO of ARPANSA to protect people and the environment from the harmful effects of radiation. It does this by facilitating improved performance within the regulatory services branch and externally in licence holders and applicants. Safety Systems is a multi-disciplinary team with a range of responsibilities that assist in the smooth running, quality management, performance monitoring and continuous improvement of the RSB. It provides secretariat service for the National Nuclear Safety Committee.

Safety Systems is responsible for developing ARPANSA’s holistic approach to safety, particularly regarding human and organisational factors. It is actively involved in the licence holder compliance programme. All technical staff are Inspectors who work collaboratively with regulatory officers from across the Regulatory Services Branch.

Safety Systems is responsible for developing ARPANSA’s Regulatory Administration System (RAD) and the regulatory components of the ARPANSA management system. The systems are important for the risk informed, effective and efficient delivery of ARPANSA’s regulatory service. The RAD system (currently under development) is a state-of-the-art business intelligence system to collate licensing information and facilitate a range of analysis of safety performance.

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 Regulatory Officer at the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) is responsible for ensuring effective and efficient regulatory system through internal and external functions. Internally, the role places an emphasis on enhancing our quality and digital regulatory systems. Externally, the role is involved in supporting inspections or assessments in the areas of holistic safety and nuclear and radiation safety regulations.

As part of a supportive multi-disciplinary team, you will be responsible for ensuring an effective and efficient regulatory system through internal and external functions. Internally, the role places an emphasis on enhancing our quality and digital regulatory systems. Externally, the role is involved in supporting inspections or assessments in the areas of holistic safety and nuclear and radiation safety regulations. The role is complex in nature requiring effective analytical skills and taking account of a wide range of data and information. Your work will be used to focus regulatory resources where most needed and drive continuous improvement. You will be expected to make sound decisions under limited guidance. You will undertake internal and external training to support your function leading to your appointment as an ARPANSA Inspector.

Key accountabilities

Support the management and development of the regulatory components of ARPANSA’s management system, including the Regulatory Administration Database System (a database of regulatory information and business intelligence system). You will conduct and report on internal conformance to the management system and participate in the general quality review service of regulatory assessments and reports.

The identification of safety trends and issues by analysing recorded regulatory data and information obtained from ARPANSA’s regulatory oversight program. You will work with ARPANSA assessors and inspectors to identify priority issues for evidence-based inspection and advise on the best strategies and approaches for such inspections.

Conduct Inspections and assessment of controlled activities and facilities, providing specialist support for ARPANSA’s holistic approach to safety, particularly in the areas of human and organisational factors. These inspections and assessments will be undertaken to evaluate compliance to the ARPANS Act and regulations and conditions of licence, and conformance with best practice in radiation protection, nuclear safety and safety science.

Provision of general support to the Safety Systems section and ARPANSA as needed. Whilst not exclusive, this support may regard internal performance reporting, administration of the Australian Radiation Incident Register, secretariat of the Nuclear Safety Committee and licence administration. 

Our ideal candidate - job specific capabilities

  • A degree in a STEM subject or equivalent qualification or experience. Qualifications or experience in radiation protection, nuclear safety, of modern safety science or a high hazard industry is highly desirable.
  • The application of quality management systems, conducting regulatory or quality inspections or assessments and an in-depth understanding of the relevant legislation or standards applicable.
  • Familiarity with emerging digital technologies and their potential applications for safety management and continuous improvement.
  • Ability to analyse data and research to provide accurate and specialist advice.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to evaluate reports and technical information with a high attention to detail.
  • Ability to work with independence, subject to limited direction, prioritize tasks, and manage multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Strong problem-solving and decision-making abilities, with an understanding of technical, organisational, and human factors aspects of safety (holistic safety).
  • The ability to contribute to the development of short-term tasks and strategic planning within a multidisciplinary team.
  • You will travel to represent ARPANSA nationally and occasionally internationally in connection with your duties.

Selection criteria

There are five selection criteria for this role. 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 overall.

1. Experience in conducting audits/inspections/assessments against quality, safety, or legislative requirements.

2.  Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, with the ability to prepare comprehensive reports and communicate technical information effectively to a range of stakeholders. This may include the evaluation and editing of such documents for quality assurance.

3. The ability to manage, maintain and develop quality management systems and/or regulatory systems. This may include proficiency in dealing with digital systems databases and other software to ensure regulatory requirements and quality management principles are applied.

4.  Analytical and problem-solving skills to evaluate complex problems and provide data-driven insights for the purpose of performance review and continuous improvement in safety and effectiveness, including human and organisation performance.

5.  A proven track record of collaborating with internal and external stakeholders to reach successful outcomes. This could include collaboration to ensure effective implementation of regulatory or quality requirements.


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 citizenship status required.
  • 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, ARAPANSA 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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