Principal Advisor Organisational Health & Safety Systems

Job title : Principal Advisor Organisational Health & Safety Systems
Location : Brisbane
Contact name : Haylea Smith
Contact email :
Job reference : 1062132
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, RCC offers great benefits and the balance you need to bring the best of you. Visit the Redland City Council careers website to find out more and meet some of the 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 WHS Management System and Strategy, with a specific focus on overseeing the development, implementation, monitoring, analysis and enhancement of Council’s WHS Management System and associated software systems and programs.
This includes leading evaluation processes for proactive audits and reviews to monitor and measure HSW system performance, including the effectiveness of software systems, documented evaluation tools, audit schedules and programs, and developing policies and procedures that support an effective HSW Management System.
Your role will be critical in driving the improvement of Council’s HSW performance and the ongoing development of the 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 provide leadership on the development, implementation and maintenance of the WHS Management System, including documented policies and procedures, within the context of the Council and develop effective management processes acceptable to all stakeholders;
  • Analyse WHS system performance across Council to identify trends and assist the Health, Safety and Wellbeing Unit to provide recommendations for improvement initiatives in the implementation and enhancement of the Council’s WHS management system;
  • Partner with developmental managers and the Service Manager Health, Safety and Wellbeing as a change agent to encourage appropriate management practices and increase WHS maturity across the organisation;
  • Oversee, evaluate and lead processes for development and implementation of safety procedures and system documentation, including for emergency and disaster preparedness and provide technical organisational and strategic advice on systematic WHS risk management strategies across Council;
  • Engage and build effective working relationships with Service, Group and Executive Managers as a ‘trusted advisor’ and influence management decision making to consider WHS implications and ensure systematic processes are in place to mitigate risk;
  • Comply with laws and regulations governing practice of WHS and related activities and make judgements impartially based on standards, legislation, Council requirements, WHS knowledge and practice.
Skills & Experience
  • Detailed knowledge of contemporary WHS systems including the development, implementation and maintenance of WHS Management Systems. Experience within local government or a large, complex organisation will come highly regarded;
  • Highly developed analytical and problem solving skills to effectively analyse WHS systematic performance and audit programs and ability to provide trusted recommendations for WHS system improvement initiatives;
  • Demonstrated leadership abilities to influence change and partner with the business to encourage appropriate safety 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.