Principal Advisor Operational Health & Safety

Job title : Principal Advisor Operational Health & Safety
Location : Brisbane
Contact name : Haylea Smith
Contact email :
Job reference : 1062084
About Redland City Council
Redland City Council (RCC) is situated on the naturally wonderful Redlands Coast, which includes the Southern Moreton Bay Islands, mainland suburbs and rural hinterland which is located east of Brisbane. RCC offers you the chance to improve lives and shape your own career. You’ll enjoy diverse work and opportunities to grow, working in a truly special community and a region of outstanding natural beauty. In return for your passion and commitment to moving Redland City forward, we offer great benefits and the balance you need to bring the best you. Visit our careers website to find out more and meet some of our wonderful team.
The Opportunity
Leading a team of professionals, you will be working with the Service Manager Health, Safety and Wellbeing (HSW) to develop and deliver a contemporary HSW Management System and Strategy, with a specific focus on overseeing operational HSW priorities and initiatives and providing expert technical advice across our multi-disciplinary workforce on legislative requirements, industry practices and standards.
This includes leading proactive inspections and audits, identifying failures in controls, analysing HSW performance on Council operations, developing recommendations for preventative initiatives, preparing operational plans and overseeing the effective implementation of the HSW Management System.
Your role will be critical in driving the improvement of Council’s HSW performance and the ongoing development of our organisational safety culture.
Other Benefits
In addition to salary, Council may offer a range of other benefits including:
  • Access to professional and leadership development programs;
  • Mentoring and coaching opportunities to increase your industry knowledge and professional and business acumen;
  • Secondment opportunities for career development;
  • Ability to contribute to the community and make the Redlands Coast a better place to live and do business;
  • Reward and recognition programs;
  • Access to flexible working arrangement provisions and generous leave provisions such as paid parental leave  and purchased leave scheme; and
  • Wellness programs, social club and employee assistance program.
Key Responsibilities
  • Oversee and lead processes for hazard identification across Council-wide operations and provide technical organisational and strategic advice on cost-effective and efficient hazard controls, including critical controls, and risk mitigation/minimisation strategies, taking a lifecycle approach;
  • Lead processes for proactive inspections and audits across Council operations to effectively monitor WHS performance, including the integrity and effectiveness of controls to identify actual or potential failures in controls;
  • Assist the Health, Safety & Wellbeing Unit in the development and utilisation of strategic and operational plans to address and improve the control of WHS hazards, associated risks and related costs;
  • Lead processes for investigation and reporting of incidents, non-conformities and the effectiveness of risk management and WHS management processes at both operational and strategic levels;
  • Provide leadership on the implementation of the WHS Management System across all Council Departments to address and improve control of WHS hazards and associated risks;
  • Partner with developmental managers, the Principal Advisor Organisational Health & Safety Systems and the Service Manager Health, Safety and Wellbeing as a change agent to encourage appropriate management practices and increase WHS maturity across the organisation.
Skills & Experience
  • Detailed knowledge of contemporary risk management processes, principles and legislation;
  • Demonstrated achievement in analysing, investigating and developing recommendations for operational improvement initiatives particularly related to WHS hazards and risks;
  • Experience within local government or a large, complex organisation will come highly regarded;
  • Demonstrated leadership abilities to influence change and partner with the business at an operational level to encourage a strong safety-first culture and advise on best WHS management practices;
  • Tertiary qualifications in occupational health and safety or related discipline combined with demonstrated experience in a Workplace Health & Safety Advisor position within a large and complex organisation.
  • Please note: final applications for this position will be required to undertake a national police check. Applicants must have the legal right to work in Australia.
To apply
To apply online, please click on the appropriate link below. Alternatively, for a confidential discussion or for more detail and the position description for the role, please contact Haylea Smith – Principal Consultant at Sharp & Carter on 0491 286 873 or

Applications close Monday 2nd February 2021.