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National Health Funding Body
APS Level 5 - Post Market Investigator - All Work Types

Job Reference: J000000003150


All Australia > Australian Captial Territory

Brief Summary

Job Reference Number 20-MDPQDIV-7277
Classification APS Level 5
Job Title Post Market Investigator
Division Medical Devices and Product Quality Division
Branch Medical Devices Surveillance Branch
Section devises Post Market Monitoring Section
Location Symonston, ACT
Status Ongoing & Non-ongoing
Employment type Full-time & Part-time
Salary Range $76,009 - $82,200
Mandatory Qualifications Relevant qualifications in a science-related field of studies or biomedical engineering

Job Description


  • To be eligible for employment with the Department of Health applicants must be an Australian citizen at the time an offer of employment is made.
  • An applicant’s suitability for employment with Health will also be assessed through a variety of pre-employment check processes, such as:


  • Satisfactory completion of an Australian Federal Police criminal history check, and where relevant a Working with Children and Vulnerable People Check.
  • Completion of a medical declaration and pre-employment medical (where required). 
  • Providing evidence of qualifications.

Division Responsibilities
The Medical Devices and Product Quality Division (MDPQD) regulates the quality of health products for the Australian community by assessing medical devices, including in vitro diagnostic tests; testing and monitoring medical devices and medicines, and auditing and
certifying manufacturers against manufacturing standards so the products they produce meet the appropriate quality, safety and performance standards.

Branch Responsibilities
The Medical Devices Surveillance Branch contributes to the vision of the Health Products Regulation Group (HPRG) and wider Department ‘Better health and wellbeing for all Australians through monitoring medical devices, including in vitro diagnostic tests (IVDs) and
other therapeutic goods (OTGs), throughout their lifecycle to ensure they continue to meet an appropriate level of quality, safety and performance.

The Branch undertakes complex monitoring, analysis investigation and review activities for post-market regulatory monitoring and reforms, and keeps abreast of emerging technology and adoption in medical devices and monitoring against the necessary regulatory

Section Responsibilities
Devices Post Market Monitoring undertakes risk assessments of all reports entered into the Incident Report Investigation Scheme (IRIS) database and conducts in-depth investigations if necessary. It also reviews, using a risk-based approach, issues with medical devices based on signals from many sources such as reports in the IRIS database, information from other regulators, an unresolved or increasing number of recalls, government and publications in journals or newspapers. The section also reviews information provided on an annual basis
by sponsors of medical devices that are Active Implantable Medical Devices (AIMD), Class III and implantable Class IIb; and information related to the close-out of recall actions. The section also provides advice to government, industry, consumers and media.

Key Responsibilities

The APS5 Investigator is responsible for undertaking risk assessment and investigation of adverse event reports associated with the use of medical devices.

  • Duties within this position are not limited to, but may include:
  • Providing detailed technical engineering/biocompatibility or clinical expertise in the area of medical device technology, including anticipating problems and contributing to issues management;
  • Implementing a risk management approach to support regulatory decisions;
  • Dealing with less complex issues and managing stakeholders;
  • Providing timely, quality and accurate advice on issues relating to medical device

regulation and interpretation of legislation and guidelines in a particular area of expertise and knowledge;

  • Managing record keeping in accordance with the regulatory requirements and whole of- government policy and standards;
  • Writing statements for publication on the safety and performance of medical devices on TGA’s website;
  • Contributing to the development and revision of technical and administrative procedures and documentation within the Branch;
  • Communicating with relevant stakeholders, including providing advice and feedback on the outcomes of investigations;
  • Undertaking an assessment of the technical documentation and data, collating expert advice relevant to the assessment, preparing a clear statement of reasons based on the investigation findings and knowledge of the regulations, and  exercising delegation where appropriate;
  • Contributing to a positive, collaborative and diverse workplace culture in line with

the APS Code of Conduct and iCare Values.Key Capabilities 

       • Ability to interpret, draft and review policy and procedural documentation;

  • Maintain knowledge of relevant legislative and reporting requirements, Australian and International standards, quality assurance procedures and best practice models;
  • Ability to apply comprehensive work knowledge, precedent and established legislation, policy, procedures and guidelines to situations involving a high level of complexity and sensitivity which require considerable interpretation and analysis;
  • Strong communication skills including the ability to prepare clearly articulated reports and briefs on the subject matter;
  • Technical expertise and experience relevant to the use, assessment, manufacture, design, testing and monitoring of medical devices.Desirable Experience
  • Knowledge of the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989, the Therapeutic Goods (Medical Devices) Regulations 2002 and other legislative instruments and guidelines.
  • Experience in regulatory and technical assessments and reporting through evaluation of technical documentation and data in the field of medical devices will be highly regarded.

Working in the Medical Devices and Product Quality Division
Our people are committed, innovative, client-focused and collaborative. We are an inclusive workplace. We celebrate and champion diversity to reflect the community we serve. We are a flexible employer and are open to discussing employment arrangements that suit you best at this time.

Work within an environment that encourages participation, recognises the effort and works to build capability and expertise.

We seek people with a wide variety of skills and competencies and look for applicants who demonstrate they will strive to support the behaviours we seek to foster in our workforce.
We are an inclusive employer and promote, value and support diversity among our employees with the aim of ensuring our workforce reflects, respects and benefits from diverse communities including Indigenous Australians, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, LGBTQI+ and people with disability.

RecruitAbility applies to this vacancy. Under the RecruitAbility scheme you will be invited to participate in further assessment activity for the vacancy if you choose to apply under the scheme; declare you have a disability, and meet the minimum requirements for the job. For
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Application Response

Your application will be assessed on your ability to demonstrate that you possess, or have the real potential to develop, the required skills, knowledge, experience and qualifications to perform the role. These requirements are based on the information provided to you as
part of the job advertisement, in line with the APS Work Level Standards.

Applicants are required to provide a statement of claims framed around the key duties and key capabilities. Your statement of claims should be no more than one page in total with a font no smaller than size 10. Applications that do not meet these requirements may not
be considered.

Work Environment Description

Responsibilities – As detailed in Section 28 of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 while at work, a worker must:

  • Take reasonable care for his or her own health and safety
  • Take reasonable care that his or her acts or omissions do not adversely affect the

health and safety of other persons

  • Comply, so far as the worker is reasonably able, with any reasonable instruction that

is given by the person conducting the business or undertaking to allow the person to comply with this Act

  • Cooperate with any reasonable policy or procedure of the person conducting the

business or undertaking relating to health or safety at the workplace that has been notified to workers

  • Complete all WHS related induction and training
  • Report all work-related incidents and/or illnesses to the WHS Section


Description Requirement Additional Information


1. Computer Use Yes Desktop-based assessment work

2. Generic screen-based Yes

3. Sitting at desk Yes

4. Standing for long periods No

Manual Handling

Description Requirement Additional Information

5. Lifting 0-15kg No

6. Lifting 15 kg + No

7. Climbing No

8. Bending No

9. Squatting No

10. Reaching No

11. Push/pull No

12. Sequential Repetitive No Movements in a short period of time

13. Manual dexterity/manipulation No

Work Environment

14. Work with others towards Yes - shared goals in a team environment

15. Works in isolation from other No staff (remote supervision)

16. Distance walking (ie: Large No building or inter-building transit)

17. Works outdoors No

18.Works in a call centre No environment

19. Works in a customer service No environment

Tasks Involving

20. Exposure to chemicals No

21. Exposure to biological hazards No

22. Working at heights No

23. Requirement to wear personal No protective equipment (PPE)

24. Requirement for full Colour No

Description Requirement Additional Information


25. Work with energetics and No explosives

26. Exposure to Petrol, Oil, Lubricant No Products that may cause dermatological conditions

27. Exposure to extreme No temperatures

28. Confined spaces No

29. Exposure to Non-ionising No

30. Excessive Noise No

31. Low Lighting No

32. Dangerous Goods/ Equipment No

33. Exposure to airborne odours No


34. Frequent travel - Vehicle No

35. Frequent travel - Aeroplane No

36. Frequent travel - Seaborne No

Cyclic Workload

37. Peaks & Troughs No

38. Frequent Overtime No

39. Rostered Shift Work No