Farming Scheme Assessor - Approved Farming Scheme

Farming Scheme Assessor - Approved Farming Scheme

Position Title RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme Assessor
Reports to Manager – Humane Food
Location Various
Status Casual (20-40 hrs/week anticipated)


OVERALL DESCRIPTION OF THE POSITION                                              

The role of an Assessor is to verify that Approved Producers meet the requirements stated in the Standards and the Operations Manual of the RSPCA Approved Farming Scheme.



The overall role of the Assessor is achieved through the following tasks:

  • Ensuring compliance with the Standards by conducting assessments on farm, at the abattoir and during the transport process as required.
  • Preparing for assessment visits by liaising with RSPCA Australia to ensure relevant information is at hand.
  • Providing a completed assessment report at the end of each visit, based on the evaluation of all information and observations recorded.
  • Providing input as necessary regarding farm animal production and welfare issues, and the ongoing review and development of Standards.
  • Participate in the training of new Assessors.


Work Health and Safety

The employee is responsible for taking care to protect their own health and safety and to avoid adversely affecting the health and safety of any other person. In particular, the employee is responsible for:

a.      complying with relevant WHS policies and procedures

b.      attending training and induction

c.      complying with any reasonable instruction aimed at protecting health and safety in the workplace

d.      using any equipment provided to protect health and safety

e.      assisting in the identification of hazards, assessments of risks and implementation of risk control measures

f.      keeping work areas in a safe condition

g.      reporting any incident or hazard to their line manager

h.      providing feedback on any matters which may affect WHS at RSPCA Australia



1.    An interest in farm animal welfare.

2.    Experience and/or knowledge of farm animal production systems, particularly poultry, but knowledge of dairy veal, pigs and/or salmon production is also desirable.

3.    Experience and/or knowledge of farm animal behaviour, particularly poultry, but knowledge of dairy veal, pigs and/or salmon production is also desirable.

4.    An understanding of good stockpersonship.

5.    Experience with Quality Assurance and/or other certification systems, with formal audit qualifications being highly desirable.

6.    Good verbal and written communication skills.

7.    Proficiency in the use of a variety of computer programs including Word, Excel and Outlook, and the ability to quickly learn new programs.



  1. Current driver's licence and an ability to drive long distances.

2.    The ability to be away from home for extended periods, including over weekends.

3.    The ability to travel intra and interstate by air or car as required.

4.    The ability to safely walk all sheds/shelters/farms as required within an allocated assessment schedule, whilst undertaking a thorough assessment against the Standards.

5.    The ability to respect and maintain confidentiality in regards to the performance and practices of individual farms and producers.

6.    The ability to comply with animal production industry biosecurity requirements

7.    No conflict of interest between the role of Assessor and any other employment or connections within the agriculture and/or food sectors.



This is a casual position, however it is anticipated that the successful applicant will be offered between 20 and 40 hours, on average, each week. Work patterns are at the discretion of RSPCA Australia and may include periods of intense work followed by break periods. As a casual position, there are no leave provisions attached to the role.

The hourly rate for the position is from $40 to $43, which includes casual loading. In addition to this hourly rate RSPCA Australia will pay the compulsory employer superannuation contribution, as per the Superannuation Guarantee (Administration) Act 1992. 

RSPCA Australia organises and pays for travel associated with the role.



Please forward your CV and a statement addressing the selection criteria to with ‘Confidential – Assessor’ in the subject line of the email.

Applications close: 5pm, Tuesday 2 October 2018.

Applicants who progress to interview stage will be asked to supply details of referees.

For further information contact Jenny Hodges on (02) 6282 8300.