Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA)

  • 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. 

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 50 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 Senior Project Officer – Water Quality and Salinity supports implementation of the Basin Salinity Management 2030 (BSM2030) project through undertaking a mix of technical assessments, policy improvement and project management tasks at a Basin-wide scale.  This will include contributing to the BSM2030 strategic review. 

The role works closely with other portfolios within the Murray-Darling Basin Authority, other agencies of the Australian Government, the Basin States and Territories and wider stakeholders. This 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 salinity is managed, then this position is for you!

Your key responsibilities in this role are to:

  • Support the efficient and effective management of activities as part of implementing the BSM2030 strategy.
  • Develop and manage projects and supervise associated consultancies.
  • Support the functions of the Basin Salinity Management Advisory Panel and other MDBA higher level committees, including preparation of meeting agenda papers, briefs, reports and correspondence.
  • Collaborate with team members and other sections of the MDBA for implementing Basin-wide programs.
  • Preparing reports relating to salinity and water quality.
  • Contribute technical expertise and policy input to assist the implementation of the Basin Salinity Management 2030 (BSM2030) strategy, and coordination of inputs from internal and external subject matter areas.
  • Liaise and foster effective and collaborative relationships with internal and external stakeholders. Contribute to the broader water quality and salinity management functions of the MDBA to promote integration of salinity management across the business.
  • Understanding and commitment to Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) in the workplace.

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 Jess Thompson 02 6279 0710 or 

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