Work Health & Safety Manager - EL1


The Australian War Memorial combines a shrine, a world-class museum, and an extensive archive. The Memorial's purpose is to commemorate the sacrifice of those Australians who have died in war or on operational service and those who have served our nation in times of conflict. Its mission is leading remembrance and understanding of Australia’s wartime experience.

The Manager, Work Health and Safety (WHS) plays a key role in delivering the Memorial’s work, health and safety and early intervention and injury management program. This includes working with all levels of the organisation and coaching and influencing to enable safety to be integrated in core business operations.  The role is responsible for managing and leading a small team under the broad direction of the Head, Human Resources.   The role is committed to partnering with business, cultivating a safety risk management culture and working independently and flexibly.  As a senior manager, the role is also required to contribute to the work of the broader HR Team. 

Core Responsibilities

  • Lead development, implementation and review of the Memorial’s work, health and safety management system and rehabilitation management system frameworks to ensure legislative and regulatory compliance.
  • Develop and monitor the WHS Improvement Plan and annual programs(s) to continually improve the effectiveness of WHS and injury management systems and ensure the achievement of performance objectives.
  • Develop and implement early intervention programs, and case management to assist rehabilitation and return to work, in collaboration with Managers, Comcare, and external providers and monitor, evaluate and report on performance quarterly.  
  • Provide timely advice, expertise and consultancy to Executives, Senior Management and Supervisors and build the capability of the business to ensure sustained and continual improvement in WHS and injury management.
  • Manage the reporting and investigation of incidents including leading serious incident investigation with sections to ensure appropriate analysis and effective mitigation/prevention of re occurrence.
  • Undertake risk management activities and monitor and analyse WHS data to identify trends, merging issues and improvement opportunities and report on WHS performance on a quarterly and annual basis.
  • Prepare complex and/or sensitive correspondence, corporate documents, reports, submissions, proposal papers and notes. 
  • Lead, coach and manage the APS 6 Senior WHS Advisor to produce quality outcomes.  
  • Manage the WHS budget in accordance with the Commonwealth government financial management protocols.
  • Represent the section and Memorial to internal and external stakeholders including Comcare, Small Agencies forum and Cultural Institutions WHS Network.
  • Contribute to the work of the broader HR team and make a corporate contribution as required.

Note: It is expected that interviews for this position will take place in the week beginning 13th January 2020.

Memorial employees are expected to model the following behaviours:

Care about their work Understand what is required  
Be enthusiastic                                                    Learn all they can
Contribute fully each day   Be solution focused
Drive results                                                        Don’t give up
Help others, and ask for help                              Make a corporate contribution

The Memorial is committed to workplace diversity and maintains an environment that values the contribution of people from different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. The Memorial welcomes applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, veterans, mature age people, people from diverse backgrounds and people with a disability. To be eligible for ongoing or non-ongoing employment, Australian Citizenship is required.

To Apply

Please prepare the following documents before you start your application.  There is no ability to save your application and revisit, it must be completed in one session.

  1. A response addressing the Selection Criteria (maximum 2 pages)
  2. Current Resume

Applications should be submitted in WORD ( .doc or .docx) or .PDF. by Midnight (AEST) on 18 December 2019.

For further information on the position, please call the Contact Officer: Frances Henderson, 02 6243 4295

If you experience any problems with the application system please contact the Recruitment Team on 02 6243 4234 or email

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