Department of Primary Industries and Regions

The Opportunity

PIRSA Fisheries & Aquaculture maintains a pool of suitable candidates who, subject to any vacancies occurring over the next 12 months, will be assessed for suitability and placement in Fisheries Officer roles. This opportunity is to be part of the pool.

PIRSA Fisheries & Aquaculture have Stations at West Beach, Mount Gambier, Kingston, Kingscote, Moonta, Yorketown, Whyalla, Ceduna and Port Lincoln.

The Fisheries Officer is primarily responsible for providing a range of compliance services to the commercial and recreational fishing and aquaculture sectors, ensuring compliance with the Fisheries Management Act 2007, Aquaculture Act 2001 and associated legislation as they apply to the fishing industry. This includes making sure fishers know and understand fishing rules and requirements, providing a visible presence at all fishing locations at sea and on land, and where offending is detected, taking enforcement action as authorised under the Fisheries Management Act 2007.

The Fisheries Officer is required to communicate effectively by developing and maintaining collaborative relationships with stakeholders including internal PIRSA staff, fishers, industry representatives and the general community and be able to quickly resolve conflict situations.  Fisheries Officers work in teams therefore applicants must always possess a team-first and safety focussed mindset.

Fisheries Officers receive extensive training to safely operate modern vessels, surveillance equipment and numerous systems and technologies. There is also an extensive focus on investigative skill development and related legal and administrative requirements.

Being a Fisheries Officer is a truly rewarding and exciting role. If you would like to work in a role that enables you to make a difference within your community and as part of a proud team, then we would encourage you to apply to be part of our pool.

About Us

South Australia is internationally recognised for the quality of its agriculture, food and wine. Our regions are the backbone of our state and the economic powerhouse that drives prosperity for all South Australians.

The Department of Primary Industries and Regions (PIRSA) is a key economic development agency working in partnership with our primary industries, regional stakeholders and across all levels of government to advance the prosperity and sustainability of South Australia’s primary industries and regional communities.

We are a passionate team of around 800 people working across metropolitan and regional South Australia to develop and protect our state’s regions and food, wine, aquaculture, fisheries, forestry, grains, livestock, dairy and horticulture industries.


At PIRSA we offer our employees challenging and rewarding work, outstanding training, development opportunities and a flexible working environment.  Fisheries Officers are also entitled to;

  • 13.1% allowance payable in addition to base salary
  • 5 weeks annual leave

Our Commitment to Diversity

PIRSA is committed to building a flexible, diverse and inclusive culture, planning for and promoting diversity. We welcome and encourage applications from diverse community groups and ages including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, LGBTIQ, people with disabilities, women and other diversity groups. PIRSA recognises the benefits that such an approach brings for our staff and customers in delivering the future of SA.

Special Conditions

To be considered for a Fisheries Officer position it is essential that you:

  • Have a current Australian Drivers Licence and a willingness to drive
  • Are prepared to re-locate to and reside in Regional locations of South Australia
  • Undergo a pre-employment medical check, obtain a medical clearance and undergo a National Police Check (NPC) prior to being made an offer of employment


Applicants who make the Pool will be considered for Fisheries Officer positions as vacancies arise and offered employment on an ongoing basis

Desirable: Marine qualifications including Coxswains, Master V and or MED, completion of Certificate IV Government Investigations or Certificate III (Fisheries Compliance) or similar. Must have well developed computer skills. Previous experience in investigative and or compliance related roles


  • OPS4 $74,315 pa – $77,901 pa (inclusive of 13.1% allowance – minimum $82,808 pa)


Yolande Markey
Phone: 86 83 5315

Application Instructions

All applications must be submitted online.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please submit a Covering Letter (no more than 3 pages).

In your covering letter you must list your skills and experience, supported by past examples where possible, specific to each of the following essential role Capabilities listed in the role description:

  • Professional and Technical Knowledge
  • Communication
  • Teamwork & Team Building

Please also include your current CV (no more than 4 pages). Applicants must include the contact information of at least 2 referees (it is preferable that one is your immediate supervisor/manager) and a completed “Pre-Employment Declaration in the SA Public Sector” form.

Applications close: 25/09/2022 11:45 PM

Flexibility Statement

The South Australian public sector promotes diversity and flexible ways of working including part-time. Applicants are encouraged to discuss the flexible working arrangements for this role.

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