Work Health and Safety Consultant

Adelaide, Australia
11 Oct 2017
End of advertisement period
23 Oct 2017
Contract Type
Fixed Term, Permanent
Full Time


The Work Health and Safety Consultant is responsible for undertaking regular reviews and monitoring the effectiveness of the university safety and injury management system, as well as identifying opportunities for improvement and taking the necessary actions to develop and implement agreed/endorsed improvements. It is also a focus of this position to enhance the safety culture of the workforce through the identification and provision of training and coaching with a strong customer service focus.


The University of South Australia is an enterprising and dynamic, outward-looking institution established in 1991, but built on more than 150 years of teaching, learning and research excellence of our antecedent institutions. We are South Australia’s largest university, and continue to enjoy a strong upward trajectory across a number of key indicators and global rankings - we are ranked amongst the top 3% of universities worldwide and in the top 50 international universities under 50 years of age.

Known for our strong and engaged research and our experientially-based teaching and learning, all activities are conducted in close collaboration with business, industry, government and the professions. We offer a wide range of educational choices across our four academic divisions – business; education, arts and social sciences; health sciences; and information technology, engineering and the environment. We are also home to a range of dedicated research institutes and centres, as well as co-operative research centres that - in collaboration with industry, government, university and research partners - are focused on helping to deliver practical and enduring solutions to real-world problems.

People Talent and Culture Unit:

The University is committed to building a high performing, sustainable workforce, dedicated to the provision of excellence so that we deliver on our promise to study with the best. The People Talent & Culture Unit provides strategic and operational direction to encourage best practice in support of our staff through strategy development, leadership, policy development, consultancy, coaching and advice. The People Talent & Culture Unit is comprised of the following teams:

  • Partnerships
  • Recruitment Central
  • People Development and Performance
  • Workplace Strategy and Change
  • Employee Relations
  • Wellbeing and Employee Benefits
  • Payroll
  • Information Management
  • Remuneratio


This position reports to the Associate Director: Wellbeing and Employee Benefits.

Key stakeholders include:

  • Executive Director: People Talent and Culture
  • Pro Vice Chancellors /Directors
  • Heads of Schools
  • Division Managers/Executive Officers/Deputy and Associate Directors
  • School Managers
  • Division/Institute/Business Unit staff
  • Other People Talent and Culture Teams


  1. Manage the currency and effectiveness of the Safey Management System (SMS) through:
    • review and update of existing documentation
    • identification of opportunitunities for system improvements - develop new documentation as necessary
    • consult with stakeholders across the university (ie lead focus groups)
    • stay abreast of relevant legislation
    • interpret legislation, incorporate into SMS documentation as necessary
    • communicate changes to key personnel in a timely manner.
  2. Contribute to a safety aware workforce through:
    • targeted education and training programs
    • review of hazard and incident reports to identify trends
    • analysis and review of the university’s online and face to face training programs for
      relevance and currency
    • engagement with key stakeholders, through focus groups, to identify gaps and,
      therefore opportunities for improvement, in training programs
    • ensuring all elements of the training program are relevant, practical, supportive of the philosophy of the University SMS
    • ensuring all education and training materials are designed and delivered in accordance with adult learning principles
    • developing a training program that is dynamic and able to meet the changing business requirements of the university, the university workforce - including staff and HDR (higher degree by research) students based on needs analysis
    • identify training participants for each course, where necessary, collaborate with
      Divisional/Portfolio staff
    • deliver/facilitate training courses, accessing internal/external subject matter experts as necessary, with appropriate authorisation.
  3. Provide specialist advice and a high level coaching/guiding/mentoring service for the Coordinating Portfolios and some Academic Divisions, ie:
    • positively influence their adoption of the SMS
    • support them in understanding/interpretating legislative requirements
    • assist them in the development of complementary local WHS policies, procedures and action plans. 
  4. Integrate technological tools where possible to assist in the implementation and delivery of the university SMS.
  5. Undertake the Executive Officer role for specialist health and safety related committees including preparation of agendas and minute taking.
  6. Coordinate the provision of complying documentation from research applicants seeking authorisation for the use of hazardous substances or radioactive materials for the University Radiation Safety Consultant and Senior Work Health and Safety Officer. Providing guidance to researchers regarding the requirements and the acceptable format to have their application assessed in a timely manner.
  7. Supporting the Senior WHS Consultants and Associate Director: Wellbeing and Employee Benefits with general health and safety tasks as directed.

The responsibilities as specified above may be altered in accordance with the changing requirements of the position.


  • Some out of hours work may be required


Staff must follow and apply the following:

  1. Core Staff Attributes
    To contribute to a successful and enterprising culture at UniSA, each staff member is expected to demonstrate the following key behavioural attributes:
    • Is trusted, authentic and self-aware – establishes credibility, is honest, reliable,
      accountable, and responsive
    • Takes the initiative and delivers results – by seizing opportunities and being outcome and customer focused
    • Provides solutions – through logical, creative and innovative thinking and timely,
      transparent and consultative decision making
    • Communicates with impact – displays clarity, diplomacy, persuasiveness and sensitivity
    • Leads and works well with others - displays conviction and resilience, working collaboratively, motivating others and mobilising influence.
  2. Health Safety & Injury Management
    • Follow reasonable instructions, work procedures and practices to maintain the health and safety of yourself and others.
    • Report all identified work place hazards and incidents. 
  3. Performance Development and Management
    Participate in the University’s Performance Development and Management process.



  1. Tertiary qualification in health and safety or equivalent skill and experience.
  2. Extensive experience applying health and safety principles in a complex environment.
  3. Demonstrated excellent interpersonal skills including capacity to work collaboratively with multiple stakeholders.
  4. Well developed problem solving and analytical skills.
  5. High level of capability in written and verbal communication.
  6. Experience in the use of Microsoft desktop products such as Word, Excel and Outlook. 


  1. Qualifications in Workplace Training and Assessment, or equivalent skill and experience.
  2. Working knowledge of the higher education sector.
  3. Experience in the use of SharePoint software.