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Jobs and Small Business Vacancy N.N. 10715400
Safe Work Australia Closing date: Sunday, 19 November 2017
Job Title: Branch Manager
Division: Safe Work Australia
Job Type: Ongoing, Full-time
Location: Canberra - ACT
Classification: Senior Executive Service Band 1
Agency Employment Act: PS Act 1999
Position No: SES2017-193 | Several Positions
Agency Website:

Job Description


Why work for us?
We’re a small agency with a big agenda. Located in the NISHI building in Canberra, Safe Work Australia develops national policy for work health and safety (WHS) and workers’ compensation for all Australian workplaces. We are the collector and keeper of national WHS and workers’ compensation evidence, and we drive change to improve WHS and workers’ compensation outcomes.

We are an engaged workplace that prides ourselves in our commitment to safety, diversity and inclusion. We provide generous terms and conditions, access to flexible working arrangements, a range of health and wellbeing initiatives and access to professional development. We also like to get involved; we participate in a range of corporate and charitable activities

About the role
We are looking to fill two SES Band 1 Branch Manager positions to lead the Strategic Policy Branch and the Hazards Policy Branch.

The Branch Managers will support the delivery of Safe Work Australia’s statutory functions as well as its strategic objectives by:
• providing high quality strategic policy advice to a range of stakeholders, including the CEO, the Deputy CEO, WHS ministers and our Members
• leading and providing strategic direction to a Branch to enable the effective development of policy and/or the collection of the evidence required to support the carriage of developing and implementing national policy
• collaborating and influencing outcomes across government, business and the community, and
• promoting, encouraging and supporting national activities that will contribute to improvements in WHS and safety and workers’ compensation

As part of Safe Work Australia’s Executive, you will be required to evaluate and identify continuous improvement opportunities, and to be collaborative and innovative in identifying solutions to complex WHS and workers’ compensation issues.

The positions are full time and will be located in Canberra.

What we are looking for
To be a strong contender for the role you will need to demonstrate excellent judgement and be an influential communicator and leader. You should have policy development and implementation experience, preferably in the WHS or workers’ compensation environment. Your ability to build authentic relationships and credibility with key stakeholders is essential.



Under section 22(8) of the Public Service Act 1999, employees must be Australian citizens to be engaged in the APS unless the Safe Work Australia delegate has agreed in writing. Applicants are to indicate their citizenship when applying

This position is a security assessed position. The successful applicant will be required to obtain and maintain a minimum of a Negative Vetting Level 1 security clearance.


Previous experience in a similar role and relevant tertiary qualifications are essential

Please note: A merit list may be created and used to fill future vacancies

RecruitAbility applies to this vacancy. Under the RecruitAbility scheme you will be invited to participate in further assessment activity for the vacancy if you choose to apply under the scheme; declare you have a disability; and meet the minimum requirements for the job. For more information see:

To Apply

Position Contact: HR Hotline, 02 6240 5064
Agency Recruitment Site:
Applicants to vacancies notified in all formats of the electronic Public Service Gazette should be aware that;
.  the names of successful applicants may also be notified in all formats of the electronic Public Service Gazette
.  applicants found suitable may be offered similar employment opportunities by other Australian Public Service agencies
This notice is part of the electronic Public Service Gazette PS45-Fri - 03 Nov 2017 Published by Australian Public Service Commission.
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