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  • Term: Full time
  • Salary Range: $52K to $57K + 9.5% superannuation
  • Location: Deakin Office, Canberra

The RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme (AFS) is Australia’s leading certification program focused on improving the welfare of farm animals. The RSPCA Certification Body is a key component of the AFS that works closely with farmers and the agriculture industry to make a positive impact on the lives of farm animals by providing an environment that meets their needs.

The Certification Body conducts over 1000 assessments each year as part of AFS programs for meat chickens, layer hens, turkeys, pigs and Atlantic salmon and the role of Certification Coordinator is pivotal to its success.  As a Certification Coordinator you will work closely with RSPCA Assessors and AFS participants to ensure effective day-to-day operation, planning, communication and conduct of assessments and the certification process.   In the role, you will  be an active participant in ensuring conformance with AFS quality processes and their continuous improvement.


Key responsibilities

Reporting to the Manager – Certification Body

  • Plan and organise assessments ensuring that:
    • All documentation is received and reviewed before assessments are scheduled.
    • All participants are provided with the assessment schedule and details of the scope of each assessment.
  • Review assessment reports and create corresponding Evaluation reports.
  • Circulate reports to Program participants.
  • Manage the Producer responses to assessment findings ensuring that corrections, corrective actions and timeframes for nonconformance are agreed upon and their completion monitored.
  • Make certification recommendations in line with Scheme guidelines, procedures and policies.
  • Liaise with internal and external participants in RSPCA AFS Programs.
  • As required, contribute to the ongoing review of the RSPCA AFS Standards and the development of assessment and certification review processes and policies.
  • As required, assist in developing, maintaining and updating the Scheme’s certification documentation, policies and procedures.
  • Contribute to the ongoing management of the relationship between the AFS and participants and those applying to join AFS Programs.
  • Identify and contribute to the development of improvements in the assessment and certification processes.
  • Produce high quality and accurate written documents and reports within specified timeframes.
  • Undertake additional duties to meet operational requirements as requested by the Manager – Certification Body.

To be successful you will have an interest in animal welfare, be highly organised, and ideally have experience in animal production, or quality and compliance, planning and working within a busy workplace to short deadlines.   You will have exemplary administrative skills and be an excellent communicator with mature and effective conflict resolution abilities. You will be someone who builds rapport easily with colleagues and those outside of the organisation, is self-motivated and thinks on their feet, understands and follows process and gets things done.

  • Excellent organisational skills, attention to detail
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent administrative and IT skills (Excel and database management skills are highly desirable)
  • The ability to plan and prioritise a varied workload and meet fixed deadlines
  • The ability to use Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel and Outlook) effectively as communication and work management tools
  • The ability to respect and maintain confidentiality
  • Experience working within a compliance or audit/ assurance field would be desirable

Selection criteria

  • An interest in farming and farm animal welfare and/or experience working within a compliance or audit/ assurance field
  • Experience working in an administrative role and/ or other experience of planning and prioritising workloads to meet fixed deadlines.
  • Experienced user of Microsoft Excel and/or with databases
  • Experience in report and/or effective writing for business communication, policy or procedures.
  • An effective, reliable and respected team member that delivers work of a high standard and supports colleagues to deliver the same.


Just some great benefits of working with RSPCA Australia

  • Australia’s most trusted animal welfare charity.
  • Friendly team.
  • Dogs are welcome in the office.
  • Working to make a positive impact to the lives of millions of farm animals.

Employment conditions

  • Full time position, 38 hours per week.
  • Ordinary hours of work are worked between 8:00am to 5:00pm Monday to Friday.

How to apply

Applications must be submitted via email to with 'Confidential – Certification Coordinator' in the subject line.

Your application must include the following:
  • A covering letter of application.
  • Telephone number(s) for contact purposes.
  • Resume, including contact details of at least two referees. Referees can be from paid or work experience; the referee should be able to comment on your work-related attributes.
  • Your claims against the Selection Criteria.

It's important that our successful candidate cares deeply about the RSPCA and our work, and that you're flexible, adaptable, resilient, and able to work hard and achieve results under your own initiative – so we'll be looking to see this demonstrated in your responses.

Applications that do not address these requirements may not be considered for the position.

For role related queries or questions contact Rick Butler
Contact Officer details: 02 6282 8300

For further information regarding RSPCA Australia go to

Applications close on Friday 5th March, 5:00pm

Download Application Information Pack (PDF)