Health, Safety and Environment Support Officer

Cairns, Australia
30 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
11 Nov 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term

Position Overview

The HSE (Health, Safety and Environment) Support Officer assists the University to comply with Workplace Health and Safety legislation, Codes of Practice, Regulations and Standards. The incumbent acts as a first point of contact between a designated Division, HSE representatives, staff, students and HSE committee members on health and safety matters.

The HSE Support Officer assists incident and hazard management, completion of safety risk assessments, inspections and investigations. The incumbent provides advice, develops and implements safety action plans, maintains appropriate databases and develops and runs training as required. 

Division of Services and Resources

The Division of Services and Resources is responsible for the overall strategy in relation to the management of financial, human, ICT & estate resources, commercial activities and quality, planning & analytics and which foster and promote innovation and best practice in the delivery of services to enable the core business of learning and teaching, research and engagement.

The Division includes the Directorates of Financial & Business Services, Estates, Human Resources, ICT, Quality, Planning & Analytics and Commercial Services and other activities including the provision of student accommodation for students and the Discovery Rise development of the Townsville campus.

Through these Directorates the Division provides: Financial, strategic procurement, purchasing and commercial and contractual services; management of the planning, performance and budgeting framework and processes; legislative compliance; human resource and ICT management; business intelligence; management of the quality enhancement framework; capital infrastructure planning; delivery of capital projects, minor works and facilities maintenance programs; provision of campus services including cleaning, grounds maintenance, security and student accommodation. 

Organisational Charts

James Cook University  

Division of Services and Resources

Principal Accountabilities

  1. Conduct audits and inspections of Divisional facilities and work practices both on campus and off campus. 
  2. Assist with all aspects of incidents and hazard management including reporting, monitoring and reviewing.
  3. Assist with creating, monitoring and reviewing operational safety risk assessments, standard operating procedures, policies and procedures.
  4. Actively promote and participate in HSE awareness incentives. 
  5. Liaise with Colleges acting as the first point of contact, providing support and advice on all aspects of Workplace Health and Safety, escalating complex matters to the HSE Advisor as required.
  6. Monitor, review, facilitate and participate in aspects of the building fire safety regulation in conjunction with HSE and JCU Fire Safety Advisors.    
  7. Assist Divisional staff and students with the Field Trip management tool for local, national and international field trip destinations.
  8. Support the University's commitment to the principles of reconciliation, which exemplify respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and the valuing of justice and equity for all Australians.
  9. Demonstrate a commitment to the University values and Divisional attributes.
  10. Support the principles of the TropEco program and engage in commitment to JCU sustainability goals and objectives.


There are generic responsibilities that apply to all James Cook University staff. Your specific level descriptor can be found at:

Professional and Technical

Level 5  

Generic Accountabilities  

There are generic responsibilities that apply to all James Cook University staff.  

  1. The HSE Support Officer is required to observe the lawful and reasonable directions, policies and decisions of the University Council, understand and comply with the Enterprise Agreement, the Statutes and Rules of the University, the policies and decisions of the University Council and other appropriate University authorities, as in force from time to time.
  2. The HSE Support Officer is required to demonstrate a personal commitment to ensure personal safety and the safety of others and contribute to the continuous improvement of our WHS performance. This includes the effective implementation and compliance with James Cook University WHS policies, procedures and safe systems of work, together with all relevant legislation, duties and obligations. Contribute to the continuous improvement of our WHS performance. 
  3. The HSE Support Officer is required to exercise proper discretion in all matters affecting the well-being of the University which involve public writing or speaking in accordance with the University’s Code of Conduct.  

Selection Criteria 

Selection and appointments will be assessed against selection criteria.


  1. Degree qualification in related field without subsequent relevant experience or an equivalent combination of experience and/or education and/or training. 
  2. Certificate IV in Occupational Health and Safety.
  3. Demonstrated experience in the interpretation and application of the Health and Safety harmonisation laws and other relevant legislation.  
  4. Demonstrated well developed written and oral communication skills, skills; evidenced by significant achievements in dealing with client groups, managers and external agencies, providing high quality health and safety services and maintaining positive working relations.
  5. Demonstrated ability to work effectively as a team member, with a commitment to appropriate workplace behaviour, building and maintaining productive relations, supporting others and resolving conflict.
  6. Proven experience and ability in providing support, training, induction, incident investigations, workplace inspections, audits and risk management.


  1. Experience and knowledge of the Higher Education sector.