Senior Inspector Compliance

January 26, 2023
Application ends: September 11, 2023

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Job Description

Full Job Description

  • 2x Ongoing (permanent) full-time roles available
  • Location – Dubbo NSW
  • Attractive salary from $116,211 to $128,061pa + super (Clerk 9/10)

Diversity and inclusion are core values of the Department of Regional NSW. We encourage applications from people with a range of backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. This includes differences in culture, gender, sexual orientation, language and disability status or other attributes. The Department of Regional NSW is a workplace where everyone is able to contribute and participate to their full potential, and we are proud to have a team that reflects the richness and complexity of the regional NSW communities we serve.

About the role

  • Undertake investigations and statutory enforcement functions to enforce regulatory obligations and compliance with the Mining Act 1992, associated Regulations and guidelines predominantly for opal mining activities with New South Wales (Lightning Ridge and White Cliffs Mineral Claims Districts)
  • Provide timely, accurate information and guidance to small-scale claim holders and other key stakeholders in relation to compliance and associated matters. Analyse and assess environmental information, environmental management and rehabilitation plans in accordance with statutory requirements and Departmental policies for opal mining activities.
  • Analyse and assess environmental information, environmental management and rehabilitation plans in accordance with statutory requirements and Departmental policies for opal mining activities.

About you

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • Degree qualifications awarded by a recognised university or other tertiary institution that is relevant to NSW mining legislation and to environmental or natural resources management, sciences, engineering or law (or experience and qualifications deemed by the Department to be equivalent)
  • Hold and maintain a current Class C driver licence.
  • Must be willing to work in remote parts of the State.
  • Understanding and experience in managing compliance and enforcement activities, preferably in Government regulation in mining or a natural resource or environmental management context.
  • The capacity to undertake investigations and extensive experience in interviewing witnesses and suspects and in applying knowledge of investigative methodologies, rules of evidence and court procedures.
  • Sound knowledge and understanding of mining related environmental impacts, mitigation techniques and current environmental management best practice with respect to mineral exploration and mining.

Compliance with pre-employment probity screening is mandatory and a condition of engagement.

Compliance with the Resources Regulator Integrity Clearance policy is mandatory, and a condition of engagement for staff engaged after 3 December 2019.

Compliance with the Resources Regulator Pecuniary Interests in the Regulated Sector policy is mandatory.

Appointment and ongoing assignment is subject to the satisfactory participation in ongoing health screening.


About us

The Department of Regional NSW was formed in 2020 as a central agency for regional issues. The Department is responsible for building resilient regional economies and communities, strengthening primary industries, managing the use of regional land, overseeing the state’s mineral and mining resources and ensuring government investment in regional NSW is fair and delivers positive outcomes for local communities and businesses.

Mining, Exploration and Geoscience sets strategic policy for the state’s mineral and energy resources, gathers, analyses and disseminates geoscientific information, and assesses and determines applications for mineral and petroleum titles for exploration activities and extractive uses.

Mining, Exploration and Geoscience is committed to delivering strong and quality outcomes, with the vision of our minerals and petroleum resources generating prosperity for the people of NSW.

At MEG we understand that work can be one of the biggest parts of people’s lives and we are building a team that has inclusion and passion at the heart of everything we do ensuring DRNSW’s values, social initiatives and culture resonate with our evolution and constant growth.

Why work for Department of Regional NSW (DRNSW)?

Exciting career pathways and opportunities:

We offer vibrant and exciting career paths for people from a wide range of backgrounds and skills. Once you join the NSW Government, you’ll be supported to develop your skills and expertise through ongoing training, and opportunities to move easily from role to role, and agency to agency across the entire NSW government.


Providing a safe, supportive, ethical, diverse and inclusive workplace for our people is one of our priorities. We run a variety of programs and provide a range of supporting resources to ensure the wellbeing of all our people.

Our people:

Join DRNSW and you’ll be joining a team of more than 4,000 passionate people spread across a diverse range of disciplines and functions including – public works, land services, fisheries, agriculture and biosecurity. If you’re motivated and passionate about making a difference to the people of regional NSW we invite you to become part of our story.


Apply now

All applications must be submitted online and should include your current resume and a cover letter telling us why you’re a great fit.

For more information, please view the full role description.

A talent pool may be created from this recruitment action for ongoing and temporary roles of the same standard that may