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Trade Measurement Heavy Vehicle Operator, APS Level 4, National Measurement Institute

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Employment type: Ongoing
Location: Any location in Australia
Categories: National Measurement Institute, APS Level 4

About the team

The National Measurement Institute, (NMI), is the measurement science and regulatory delivery division of the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources (DISER).  As the Australian government’s measurement authority NMI engage its Constitutional responsibility for weight and measures.

The Legal Metrology Branch (LMB) administers Australia’s measurement legislation to ensure a level playing field for:

  • consumers
  • businesses
  • government entities and
  • international trade.

The branch has significant interactions with industry, consumers, traders and trade measurement licensees.

Trade Measurement Heavy Vehicle Operators provide a critical role to LMB’s compliance program.  Operators track approximately 7,000 weighbridges and other high capacity measuring instruments used throughout Australia. They operate Weighbridge Test Unit Trucks (WTU) and associated testing equipment.

Our ideal candidate

This role operates LMB’s heavy vehicles and associated plant equipment, including the Weighbridge Test Unit. Our ideal candidate will work as part of a team to action the testing of complex measuring instruments nationwide.

We are looking for someone who has;

  • The ability to safely and efficiently operate heavy vehicles and plant equipment with accuracy and precision in a variety of environments.
  • The ability to interpret and apply legislation in a compliance environment, with:
    • an emphasis on Safety and Heavy Vehicle legislation, and
    • the ability to quickly gain knowledge of inspection/investigation powers.
  • The ability to work productively both alone and as a member of a small team.
  • Strong communication skills including the ability to manage difficult conversations.
  • The ability to use logic, reasoning and evidence to interpret information to identify and propose solutions to problems.
  • Attention to detail and the ability to maintain accurate and detailed records.
  • An ability and willingness to learn and apply new skills and knowledge.
  • Knowledge of, or the ability to gain knowledge of workplace health and safety issues particularly in relation to industrial work places and apply safe work practices in all work situations and activities.

What you will do

As a Trade Measurement Heavy Vehicle Operator, you will:

  • Work as part of a team, operate heavy vehicles and plant equipment to test complex measuring instruments and assess their compliance with measurement legislation.
  • Manage stakeholder relationships with site controllers and site safety coordinators to facilitate safe and efficient execution of site audits.
  • Interpret and apply legislation relating to local state and federal road transport and safety legislation.
  • Maintain accurate records and practice document management in line with the Department’s policy, security, privacy and legislative requirements.
  • Provide input into the development of the National Programs, including:
    • liaising with regional and operational Supervisors and Inspectors to ensure the identification of high risk sites, and
    • developing of schedules to maximise the efficient use of resources.
  • Provide assistance in the investigation of possible breaches of legislation and, when necessary, appear in court as a prosecution witness.
  • Support senior trade measurement officers to coach and develop staff in the testing of complex measuring instruments.
  • Monitor, identify and report on matters relating to the operational effectiveness of heavy vehicles and associated plant and equipment.
  • Support and provide guidance on procurement of high value operational assets and equipment.
  • Practice and ensure safe working practices are followed at all times, including conducting a documented risk assessment at each site to identify and eliminate potential risks.
  • Conduct monthly equipment and safety inspections and have responsibility for scheduling vehicle maintenance services.
  • Maintain the tools, instruments and equipment required to safely conduct testing and auditing activities.


Possession of the following current licences are essential:

  • Transport Heavy Combination (HC) licence, and
  • Workplace Health and Safety Forklift licence endorsed on a State or Territory Transport licence to enable forklift to be driven on public roads.
  • Adhere to the requirement of participating in regular health checks and drug and alcohol testing to ensure staff safety when operating heavy vehicles and equipment.

You must:

  • Be an Australian Citizen.
  • Have an understanding of Heavy Vehicle legislation and requirements to operate vehicles throughout Australia (Commonwealth, State and Local) operational legislation.
  • Have an appropriate Police Check and Security Clearance (employer arranged prior to commencement).

Security Clearance

This position requires a Baseline security clearance. The successful applicant will be required to obtain and maintain a clearance at this level (employer arranged prior to commencement).


Applicants may be requested to complete a practical assessment and demonstrate their ability to operate a heavy vehicle in various situations.  The successful applicant may need to demonstrate their skillset with heavy vehicles prior to receiving an official letter of offer.

NMI recognises the serious impact of illicit substances or pharmaceutical misuse. To ensure the safety of all vehicle operators and the public, staff are required to participate in regular health checks, drug and alcohol screening.

This role requires nationwide travel. Typically, travel will include durations of one to two weeks at a time, and in some instance, may include durations of up to three weeks.

Vaccination against Q-fever, hepatitis A and B, tetanus and other viral pathogens may be required.

NMI is geographically dispersed and we invite applicants from all states and territories to apply.

A merit pool may be established to fill future NMI Heavy Vehicle Operator vacancies, should they become available within 12 months from the date advertised.

How to apply

Your application must not contain any classified or sensitive information. This includes in your application responses, CV and any other documents. Applications containing classified information may not be considered by the selection panel.

You are required to complete your application online. Provide a one page pitch (no more than 3000 characters, approx. 500 words) explaining how your skills, knowledge and experience will be relevant to this role and why you are the best candidate for the position. We recommend familiarising yourself with the STAR (Situation, Task, Actions and Results) model and aligning your pitch to the position description.

You are also required to provide your current CV with your application. (CVs must be in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format).

Accessible application documentation is available in other formats on request. Please contact or (02) 6276 1235 if you require assistance with your application.

Contact information

For more information regarding this opportunity, please contact Ron Stone on 0457 547 932 or via email at

Learn more about the department

The department’s Enterprise Agreement and policies provide for a flexible working environment to assist staff balance their work and home life. Staff and managers work together to balance the operating needs of the work unit with the needs of the individual. Options may include full time/part time working arrangements, working from home or other arrangements as agreed by all parties.

The department is committed to a workplace culture that is respectful, inclusive, and diverse, where all employees have a sense of belonging and can bring their authentic whole selves to work every day. We encourage applications from Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, mature age, people with disability, culturally and linguistically diverse people and people of the LGBTIQA+ community, including transgender, gender diverse, and intersex people. Please contact our Inclusion team at for a confidential discussion if you identify from any of these diverse backgrounds and would like to discuss this in more detail.

Please refer to our Applying for a position information for additional information on how to apply.

Select the links on the left-hand side of the page for more useful information about a career with the department.

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