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WHS Director, Property, Safety & Security


Job Description:

The Opportunity

This is an exciting opportunity to shape the NIAA’s safety culture by working closely with our leaders. You will have opportunities to drive improvements to our Work Health Safety (WSH) practices, with a focus on supporting our staff based in regional and remote Australia.

The WHS Director leads a team of WHS professionals (who are based across Australia) to deliver NIAA's Workplace Health and Safety work program, providing strategic direction and leveraging expertise to ensure quality outcomes are delivered. The role fosters teamwork and encourages wider collaboration and information sharing to achieve results for the branch and broader NIAA objectives.

The role is responsible for:

  • Overseeing all aspects of the NIAA's WHS program encompassing effective administration of WHS frameworks, safe and sustainable workplace practices and risk identification and prevention. This includes reporting to relevant government agencies and regulators (including Comcare).
  • Ensuring the Agency's WHS program is compliant with the Work Health and Safety (WHS) Act, Work Health and Safety (WHS) Regulations, other codes and standards that support a safe workplace.
  • Overseeing all aspects of the NIAA's WHS risk management approach to identify, manage and report on WHS risk and to address realised issues, at a portfolio level and across work programs and projects.
  • Ensuring the development and delivery of WHS related training and education to all staff, relevant stakeholders and partners.
  • Providing a strategic level of specialist expertise and advice to the NIAA Executive, including through NIAA Committees.
Our Ideal Candidate

Working under broad direction, our ideal candidate will be a highly motivated self-starter who is outcome orientated, with the following attributes:
  • Demonstrate a strong strategic lens and the ability to identify opportunities and risks, and how to best address these in decision making and policy design
  • Show initiative, sound judgement, integrity and personal drive, and the ability to manage competing priorities
  • An experienced Work Health Safety professional, who can provide strategic direction and specialist advice, balancing risk with supporting business objectives
  • Build and maintain effective, robust and collaborative relationships with internal and external stakeholders, including across Government 
  • Have excellent communication skills
  • Strong people management skills with a commitment to develop team members’ skills and proactively manage performance issues
  • Promote and demonstrate the APS values and code of conduct, as well as the NIAA values and behaviours. This includes fostering respect and inclusion in the workplace
  • Be able to work in a culturally-sensitive manner, with a commitment to furthering cultural capability development.
Identified Position

This position is Identified which signifies that the role has strong involvement in matters relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

This position has limited contact with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, communities and service providers, but is still required to have the capacity and willingness to further develop these skills.

You will require capacity to attain cultural competency, including:
  • understanding of the issues affecting Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples.
  • ability to communicate sensitively and effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples.
  • willingness and commitment to continue to develop cultural competency.


To be eligible for this position you must be an Australian Citizen.
The successful candidate will be required to be assessed through our pre-employment screening checks, such as an Australian Criminal History Check.

Security Clearance Required
Baseline Vetting (Protected)


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Adelaide, SA, Australia


WHS Director, Property, Safety & Security






$132,252 - $157,402