Production Manager- Sterile Insect Technology
Department of Primary Industries and Regions
Job reference: 576512
Location: 5700 - PORT AUGUSTA
Job status: Long Term Contract
Eligibility: Open to Everyone

The Opportunity

We have an opportunity for a Production Manager – Sterile Insect Technology to be part of our Biosecurity Division within the Department of Primary Industries and Regions.

The Production Manager, Sterile Insect Technology is responsible for managing and overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Sterile Insect Technology (SIT) Facility and provide support to the Facility Manager. The role plans and coordinates production scheduling to meet outbreak and research demands, provides direction to staff working within the Facility who are responsible for managing and monitoring the regular and ad hoc servicing, maintenance and calibration of equipment and machinery used in the facility. The Production Manager is also responsible for overseeing the development, implementation, monitoring and reviewing of Standard Operating Procedures and facility biosecurity procedures, and those that support the maintenance of the parent colony, egg laying, larval and pupal development.

The Production Manager is also responsible for ensuring that staff training requirements are maintained, and regularly audited, providing feedback and comment when the need for additional training is identified.

The Production Manager oversees the management, monitoring and documentation of quality control checks and auditing of systems to ensure that they continue to meet agreed standards, and rectifying any concerns identified. The role contributes to delivering the agency’s priorities by supplying sterile Queensland fruit flies to key industry stakeholders for use in outbreak situations (both inter and intra State) and helping support the continuance of the Riverland Pest Free Area.

About Us

South Australia is internationally recognised for the quality of its agriculture, food, and wine. Our regions are the backbone of our state and the economic powerhouse that drives prosperity for all South Australians.

The Department of Primary Industries and Regions (PIRSA) is a key economic development agency working in partnership with our primary industries, regional stakeholders and across all levels of government to advance the prosperity and sustainability of South Australia’s primary industries and regional communities.

We are a passionate team of around 800 people working across metropolitan and regional South Australia to develop and protect our state’s regions and food, wine, aquaculture, fisheries, forestry, grains, livestock, dairy and horticulture industries.

It's no wonder there are so many exciting and diverse career opportunities in our organisation. If you’re ready to join us, apply now!


At the Department of Primary Industries and Regions, we offer our employees challenging and rewarding work with opportunities for career progression, learning and development and flexibility.

Our Commitment to Diversity

The Department of Primary Industries and Regions is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to building a diverse and inclusive workplace.  We embrace diversity and welcome applications from all people, irrespective of culture, faith, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or age.

Special Conditions

  • Successful applicant will be required to satisfactorily complete a National Police Check (NPC) prior to being made an offer of employment.
  • Australian residency or current works permit is required (responsibility of applicant to provide evidence of a current work permit).


  • Possession of a current driver’s license and willingness to drive is desirable.
  • Out of hours/weekend work may be required.
  • Intrastate travel and overnight absences may be required.
  • You acknowledge your work, health and safety obligations and our expectations.
  • The incumbent will be required to undertake emergency management training and must be willing to participate in emergency preparedness, response and recovery activities required by government agencies.
  • Desirable: An appropriate qualification/experience in biological science, entomology, laboratory techniques, or a related discipline.

OPS5 - $80,877 min - $86,461 max per annum, plus superannuation

Terril Marais
National SIT Facility Manager
Phone: 0484 327 449

Application Instructions

All applications must be submitted online.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please see the attached applicant instructions and outline your skills and experience in relation to the Professional and Technical Knowledge, Communication, Quality Focus and Teamwork/Team Building capabilities from the attached role description.

Applicants must include the contact information of at least 2 referees with 1 being your immediate supervisor/manager and a completed “Pre-Employment Declaration in the SA Public Sector” form.

Applications close: 29/02/2024 11:45 PM

- Application Guidelines#4.pdf
- Pre-Employment-Declaration#4.pdf
- Role Description - Production Manager - Sterile Insect Technology OPS5#2.pdf

Flexibility Statement
The South Australian public sector promotes diversity and flexible ways of working including part-time. Applicants are encouraged to discuss the flexible working arrangements for this role.