Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA)

  • Non-Ongoing
  • $94,784 – $104,319 plus 15.4% superannuation
  • Adelaide, Canberra, Goondiwindi, Griffith, Mildura, Murray-Bridge and Wodonga

Join us to shape the future of one of Australia’s greatest natural assets and protect it for future generations. 

We are seeking people who want to contribute to a significant water reform program that aims to respond to the impacts of climate change, support community and industry needs, and improve access to water for First Nations people. 

The Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) is an independent government agency which, in partnership with Basin governments, manages the Murray–Darling Basin’s water resources in the national interest. With the enactment of the Water Act 2007, the MDBA was established as an independent expertise-based statutory agency.

The MDBA aims to achieve a healthy working Basin for the benefit of all Australians. The Murray–Darling Basin contains a rich diversity of natural environments that are unique in Australia and the world. The Basin is also crucial to Australia’s economy and home to 2.3 million Australians, including people from over 40 First Nations. How we manage the Basin as a whole connected system, manage our water carefully, and protect it for future generations is set out in the Murray-Darling Basin Plan

The Position
The River Management Portfolio of the MDBA is seeking an APS6 Senior Project Officer to support delivery of the Enhanced Environmental Water Delivery (EEWD) project, on behalf of the proponent states (Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia).

As a Senior Project Officer in the EEWD Implementation team you will undertake a mix of technical analysis, policy improvement and project management tasks. This will include leading work that contributes directly to the overall EEWD project and building relationships across staff within the MDBA and the Basin state and Commonwealth agencies involved in the project (about 40 positions across agencies).

The large project team means that there are lots of great people to work with and skills to learn, while being part of a supportive and collaborative team culture. If you are interested in making a real and ongoing difference to the way that our water is managed, then this position is for you!

Your key responsibilities in this role are to

  • Support and deliver the development of new tools, operational practices and policies to realise the objectives and outcomes of the Enhanced Environmental Water delivery project.
  • Undertake a mix of technical analysis, policy improvement and project management work.
  • Liaise closely with other work areas across the MDBA and with jurisdictional partner agencies.
  • Build effective working relationships with environmental water holders, river managers and river modellers to ensure new river management policies, tools and processes are designed with end-users in mind, are fit for purpose and will be adopted successfully.
  • Represent and explain the views of the agency at cross-agency meetings and other forums.

What we offer you

  • You will have the opportunity to work on projects where you contribute to shaping the future of one of Australia’s greatest natural assets and protect it for future generations.
  • At the MDBA you will undertake a variety of interesting and challenging work. You will have the opportunity to apply your knowledge and expertise, and work with the Australian community to support a critical resource management initiative. 
  • Competitive remuneration packages, including up to 15.4% superannuation, and recognition of prior APS government service. 
  • Generous leave provisions (four weeks annual leave) and additional Non-attendance days between Christmas and New Year provided.
  • Being part of a smaller agency with a strong focus on its connection with people. 
  • Being part of a professional, committed, and friendly team of people. 
  • Being part of an organisation that recognises and values First Nations people, and their contribution to our work. We have an innovative Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) aimed at improving relationships, showing respect, and increasing opportunities to deliver outcome for First Nations peoples as part of our business-as-usual activities. 
  • Competitive Flexible Working Arrangements which allow greater flexibility and balance between work and personal needs with a baseline attendance in the office to be 40% of your time.
  • A range of healthy lifestyle provisions, including access to a health and wellbeing program. 
  • Opportunities for professional development, and career progression across a variety of roles and work locations. 

Tell me more

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For more information regarding this opportunity contact Adam Sluggett 026279 0671 or 

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