Program Coordinator – Heavy Vehicle Operations, APS Level 6, National Measurement Institute

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Employment type: Ongoing
Location: Any location in Australia, Sydney
Categories: Programme Management, APS Level 6, Project Management, 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 Programs and Governance Section within the LMB has oversight and is accountable for the delivery of a diverse range of business operational requirements, while providing corporate support to the General Manager, Legal Metrology. It is comprised of three functionally aligned units, including Program Coordination and Monitoring, a Support Officer Network, and a Media, Data and Stakeholder Engagement team.  

The opportunity

The Program Coordinator LMB Heavy Vehicle Operations (HVO) works collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders to research compliance trends relating to complex measuring instruments in use for trade.

The role is responsible for the development of program proposals (including assessment of risk and developing intervention and mitigation strategies) for the endorsement of the Legal Metrology Branch Management Committee. Once endorsed, the Program Coordinator HVO will develop project plans aimed at improving marketplace regulatory compliance using various contemporary compliance intervention strategies, including LMB inspection and audit activities.

In addition to program development responsibilities, the Program Coordinator HVO is accountable for the daily management of LMB’s Trade Measurement Heavy Vehicle Operators (TMHVO), who provide a critical role to LMB’s compliance program and the monitoring of the approximately 7,000 weighbridges and other large capacity measuring instruments that are used for trade in Australia. They primarily operate and maintain the LMB’s Heavy Vehicle Fleet and associated testing equipment.

The Program Coordinator HVO is accountable for identifying, reporting on and managing operational and safety risks. The HVO is also responsible for ensuring staff under their supervision are compliant with relevant local, state, territory and commonwealth legislative and licensing requirements relating to heavy vehicle operations and licenses required to perform high risk work.

Our ideal candidate

The capabilities listed below describe the specific skills, knowledge and behaviours required to successfully perform this job role:

  • Demonstrated ability to lead, motivate and develop staff, and maintain strong productive and collaborative working relationships within teams and stakeholder groups.
  • Well-developed skills in research, analysis, problem solving, planning and organising to manage competing priorities and workloads, including managing budgets.
  • Demonstrated experience in working with complex measuring instruments and interpreting complex measuring instrument test reports.
  • 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, and the ability to communicate with influence.
  • Sound knowledge of, or the ability to rapidly acquire a sound knowledge of, legislation, policies and procedures relating to trade measurement operational activities.
  • Proven ability to maintain confidentiality, exercise tact and discretion together with demonstrated commitment to professional values including teamwork, continuous improvement, and performing effectively under high workload conditions.

Desirable role requirements:

  • Project Management qualifications and or experience
  • Experience in contemporary database interrogation, analysis and reporting software
  • Sound operational knowledge of the National Measurement Act 1960 (Cth) and associated regulations.

The successful candidate will also ideally have experience in the operation, testing, and verification of a range of complex measuring instruments. This may include weighbridges (static and in motion), bulk flow meters, liquefied petroleum gas dispensers, and or belt weighers.

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

Effectively working in an environment with a high level of complexity and sensitivity, the duties include but are not limited to:

  • Managing a team of Heavy Vehicle Operators.
  • Develop talent by recognising and rewarding achievement and supporting staff in lifting capability.
  • Facilitating research and planning to support the delivery LMB / NMI’s Heavy Vehicle programs.
  • Establishing and maintaining relationships with internal and external stakeholders and other service providers.
  • Undertaking risk assessment and risk management activities for projects / programs specific to the operations of the heavy vehicle fleet, ensuring all local, state, territory and federal legislation is adhered to and operational licenses maintained.
  • Undertaking management and supervision of Heavy Vehicle Operators including scheduling and workforce planning to facilitate testing throughout Australia.
  • Building capability in a team environment through proactive leadership, providing performance feedback and encouraging personal development and growth.
  • Coordination and management of mobile plant and equipment specific to the National Heavy Vehicle Operations program to ensure safe operability. This includes vehicle registration, roadworthy checks (if required), and insurances.
  • Actively monitoring and manage program plans, including evaluation reporting on program objectives, program outcomes and work area performance. Under guidance, refer these findings for presentation to the Executive.
  • Supporting peers in a team environment to facilitate the timely delivery of program plans and associated analysis and reporting.


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 Michael Bryan via email or on 0457 549 091.

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