Senior Safety Adviser (VPSG5)

Job posted: 01/04/2022
Applications close: 03/07/2022 (Midnight)
4 days remaining

4 days remaining

Job Description

Location: Melbourne | CBD

Job type: Full time

Organisation: Department of Justice and Community Safety

Salary: $103,920 - $125,735

Occupation: Occupational Health and Safety



Occupation: Occupational Health and Safety

Salary Range: $103,920 - $125,735

Work location: Melbourne | CBD

At the Department of Justice and Community Safety, we’re looking for people who want to make a difference. People who take pride in their work. People who get things done. People who are committed to making Victoria a safer place.

We embrace diversity and strive to have a workforce that reflects the community we serve. We’re all about recruiting the best people, regardless of gender, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, or cultural background. If you think you can do the job and would be a good fit for our department, we’d love to hear from you.

The department is committed to the safety and wellbeing of children and recognises that children’s rights need to be respected, their views welcomed and valued, and their concerns taken seriously and acted upon.

If you require adjustments to the recruitment and selection process, or require an alternative format to any of the application material, please don't hesitate to get in touch with the contact person listed on this ad.

For more information on working with us and our recruitment process, please visit justice.vic.gov.au/careers

We’re proud of the important work we do across Victoria. Want to be part of it?

Senior Safety Adviser, Department of Justice and Community Safety

  • Multiple newly created ongoing positions - VPS5 senior safety advisers
  • Join a high performing multi-disciplinary team
  • Contemporary approach to workplace safety and wellbeing

About Us

People and Workplace Services' core functions span the breadth of workplace cultural and people matters, including human resource policy and strategy; organisational culture and change; recruitment, redeployment, and retention; performance and development; pay, benefits and workforce reporting; occupational health and safety management; and employment regulations.

About the Role

The Senior Safety Adviser sits within Safety, Wellbeing and Compliance, a branch of the People and Workplace Services in the Department of Justice and Regulation (the department). The Safety, Wellbeing and Compliance branch provides process, systems and services to support the department to meet its responsibilities under Health and Safety Laws (Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004, Dangerous Goods Act 1985 and Workplace Injury Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2013).

As the Senior Safety Adviser you will provide support to the Operational teams by monitoring Safety and Wellbeing Programs of work and liaising with internal and external stakeholders.  The role involves a lot of partner contact with a primary purpose being to promote safety in a collaborative and informative manner within the department. You will work alongside employees and subcontractors across a range of businesses with a strong field-based presence to mentor and develop staff on all safety matters.

The role will work in metropolitan and country locations as required across a range of front-line business functions which may include Corrections Victoria, custodial and Community Corrections, Youth Justice custodial and Community Services, Sheriff's Operations, Consumer Affairs Compliance, Justice Services Programs across the state and a range of corporate business units in implementing safety initiatives, strategies, and programs.

About You

As our ideal candidate, you will possess:

  • Demonstrated comprehensive knowledge, understanding and experience in the application of OHS legislation, codes of practice and regulations and the Dangerous Goods and Hazardous Substances legislation and regulations
  • Relevant significant industry experience in occupational health and safety management systems
  • Demonstrated experience in the identification OHS risks and developing, implementing, and evaluating preventative strategies
  • Demonstrated experience in consulting with managers and staff to provide key outcomes in health and safety, change management and related workplace improvement initiatives
  • Demonstrated experience in contributing to cultural change in health, safety, and wellbeing
  • A strong ability to coach others and engage key stakeholders in the strategic planning process, as well as thinking at the whole of system level and undertaking internal and external scanning, considering wide-ranging possibilities in developing a vision for the future. A strong ability to translate strategic direction into team and individual plans and daily activities for self and others
  • A strong ability to identify issues in common for one or more clients or stakeholders and use them to build mutually beneficial partnerships, as well as identifying and responding to a stakeholder's underlying needs. A strong ability to use an understanding of the stakeholder's organisational context to ensure outcomes are achieved
  • Relevant tertiary qualifications and demonstrated extensive experience is desirable
  • A full and current driver's license is required due to the need to work across different locations.

The successful applicants will enjoy a challenging, compelling role that will expose them to many of the department's diverse business functions, including corrections, youth justice and more. 

For a confidential discussion about these exciting opportunities, please contact Alan Comte on (03) 8684 0351 or email Alan.Comte@justice.vic.gov.au.

How to Apply

Please click the Apply button on this advertisement. Applications should include a resume and covering letter. Attachments can be uploaded in .doc, .docx, .pdf, .txt or .rtf formats. 

The successful candidate will be required to undergo pre-employment checks which may include national police checks and misconduct screening. 

If you require adjustments to the recruitment and selection process, or require an alternative format to any of the application material, please don't hesitate to get in touch with the contact person listed on this ad. 


For all VPS employees, due to the new JSE policy, please apply through the JSE only to be considered for this position.

For this particular vacancy, priority consideration applies to Victorian Public Service (VPS) and select employees of the Victorian Public Sector who apply through the Jobs Skills Exchange (JSE) jobs board platform.



The department is committed to providing and maintaining a working environment which is safe and without risk to the health of its employees consistent with the department's obligations under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (Vic). 

Therefore, there is a requirement that all DJCS employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to undertake duties outside of their homes. 

Prior to commencement of employment with the department you will need to provide evidence that you are vaccinated against COVID-19. Acceptable evidence includes: 

  1. COVID-19 digital certificate (available via your myGov account) 

  1. Your immunisation history statement (available via your myGov account) or 

  1. A letter from the GP who vaccinated you. 

Senior Safety Adviser (VPSG5)

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Michelle McKenzie on 0417 974 896 | Michelle.McKenzie@justice.vic.gov.au

Senior Safety Adviser (VPSG5)