Senior Assessment Officer, APS Level 6, National Measurement Institute

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Employment type: Ongoing
Location: Any location in Australia, Sydney
Categories: APS Level 6, Education, Training, Science, Engineering, Technical

About the department

The department plays a key role in the Australian Government’s agenda to create jobs and build a stronger, more resilient and competitive economy. Our work builds on Australia’s existing strengths, supports businesses to grow, and drives new opportunities for long-term productivity growth and prosperity. The success of the department helps Australia recover from the economic consequences of COVID‑19 and adapt to its ongoing effects. Through our work, we support the government’s economic recovery plan and help to deliver a better future for all Australians.

About the team

The National Measurement Institute (NMI) is Australian Government’s peak authority on measurement. We play an important role in the Australian economy by leading, maintaining and regulating Australia’s measurement system. We deliver world-class measurement products, advice and client services and administer the regulatory framework for measurement.

We value the different skills, knowledge and perspectives our employees bring. We’re committed to giving everyone an equal opportunity to participate, contribute and progress. The APS values exemplify personal drive and integrity, but in addition we also consider that the following values and behaviours of being, adaptable, innovative, accountable, strategic, inclusive and influential are a cornerstone of our organisation. Please consider responding to those values and behaviours as part of your application.

The Legal Metrology Branch (LMB) primary role is to administer Australia’s measurement legislation, ensuring a level playing field, for consumers, businesses and international trade.

The Training and Technology Transfer section (TTT) delivers training to industry across all the areas of NMI’s operations – physical metrology, chemical and biological metrology as well as legal metrology, including to Assistant Trade Measurement Officers (ATMOs).

NMI is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO No. 91419) that provides assessment services to third party licensees/verifiers, and coordinates ATMO training and assessments. All assessments are aligned to endorsed units of competency and qualifications. The team ensures that these activities comply with the standards and regulations relevant to nationally accredited training and assessment.

The opportunity

The main function of this position is to conduct verifier assessments while adhering to TTT’s policies, procedures and vocational education and training (VET) regulation requirements. The position also provides advice to internal and external stakeholders regarding the technical and procedural aspects of assessment for various instruments, and mentors new assessors. Assigning assessments to other inspectors, monitoring progress and providing assistance, conducting ATMO training and assessment, and conducting verifier training are all activities that may be utilised as functions of the position. As an integral member of the TTT section the incumbent is a crucial part of ensuring that ATMOs are ready to be in the field, providing high quality outcomes for LMB.

Our ideal candidate

The capabilities listed below describe the specific skills, knowledge and behaviours required to successfully perform this job role. The successful candidate will operate with a significant degree of independence and under broad direction and have:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of trade measurement legislation, particularly as it relates to third party verifier and licensee activities testing instruments used for trade.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of, and experience with delivery of assessment and training that complies with VET legislative requirements.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead, motivate and mentor inspectors while they undertake assessment duties.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain strong, productive and collaborative working relationships within teams and with external stakeholders.
  • Well-developed skills in research, analysis, problem solving, planning and organising to manage competing priorities and workloads.
  • Well-developed oral and written communication skills, with a high level of accuracy and attention to detail, including well developed negotiation and presentation skills for diverse audiences.
  • An ability to work independently and prioritise competing tasks, as well as working effectively as part of a diverse team.
  • A demonstrated commitment to professional values including continuous improvement.

Desirable role requirements include:

  • Experience in developing and implementing regulatory programs.
  • Sound experience in leadership.
  • Certificate IV in Government Investigations.
  • Sound operational knowledge of the National Measurement Act 1960 (Cth) and associated regulations (or the ability to acquire knowledge quickly).

Our department has a commitment to inclusion and diversity, with an ambition of being the best possible place to work. This reflects the importance we place on our people and on creating a workplace culture where each and every one of us is valued and respected for our contribution. Our ideal candidate adds to this culture and our workplace in their own way.

What you will do

The duties of the role include:

  • Undertaking the assessment of candidates who have enrolled with NMI’s Registered Training Organisation (RTO) for verifier competency assessment, with minimal supervision.
  • Deliver training to geographically dispersed verifiers and licensees.
  • Deliver training to, and conduct the assessment of ATMOs.
  • Identify assessors and/or observers, and assign assessments and/or observations for verifier applicants, in collaboration with the NMI Training and Assessment Administrator.
  • Demonstrate leadership capability by mentoring new assessors.
  • Provide technical and/or administrative support to other assessors and to skills observers.
  • Liaise with industry stakeholders regarding the technical aspects of assessment submission, particularly observation assessments.
  • Assist the Legal Metrology Training Specialist with procedural matters around assessment.
  • Assist with development of assessment tools, answer keys and other assessment-related documentation.
  • Contribute to the strategic direction of the section and broader LMB by identifying opportunities for collaboration and process improvement.
  • Leading by example, displaying integrity by upholding NMI’s Values and supporting others to do the same.


The successful candidate will require the following qualifications to be able to perform this role:

  • Certificate IV in Trade Measurement
  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

To be eligible for employment in the APS and the department, candidates must be Australian Citizens.

Positions require a Baseline security clearance and successful candidates will be required to obtain and maintain a clearance at this level.


A merit pool may be established and used to fill future vacancies within 18 months from the date the vacancy was first advertised in the Gazette.

The department offers flexible work opportunities for many roles. Regular attendance at one of our offices is expected, although flexible or remote work arrangements may be considered. Please reach out to the contact officer to discuss this further.

How to apply

Please provide a pitch and CV explaining how your skills, knowledge and experience will be relevant to this role and why you are the best candidate for the position. Your pitch can contain no more than 5000 characters (approximately 750 words) and should align to the ‘Our ideal candidate’ and ‘What you will do’ sections. Please also ensure that you address your personal alignment with NMI’s values and behaviours in the ‘About the team’ section.

Your application must not contain any classified or sensitive information. This includes in your application responses, CV and any other documents. The selection panel may not consider applications containing classified information.

Please complete your application online and 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.

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

Contact Information

For more information on this vacancy, please contact Greg Harrington via email or on 0428 195 874.

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