Senior Work Health and Safety Advisor

Job No: SC202103395
Location: Singleton


We are looking for a passionate and hardworking Senior Work Health and Safety Advisor to join our team at Singleton Council. In this role, you’ll make a real impact on the everyday lives of people within our community by achieving important outcomes for Singleton to grow and flourish.


Singleton Council has a long and proud history. From our agricultural foundations to our abundant natural resources, we are more than just New South Wales’ largest producer of coal. Singleton has developed into the economic beating heart of the State and a centre of industry, heritage, tourism and community. Here at Council, we offer a wide range of services to our community, supporting our vision to be vibrant, progressive, connected, sustainable and resilient. 


We are currently seeking an experienced Senior Work Health and Safety Advisor to deliver and support Council's Work Health and Safety system. Through close engagement with Council leadership, this role supports all aspects of safety at Council including system development and implementation, policy and procedure review and implementation, audits, investigation, reporting and more.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Provide WHS, injury management and recover at work expertise, guidance, support and education to all staff.
  • Assist with the development, implementation and continuous improvement of Council’s WHS system.
  • Conduct and coordinate a programmed approach to regular WHS audits across Council including the annual StateCover audit, internal and external audits as may be required.
  • Effectively promote the early identification and reduction of workplace hazards.
  • Assist in the identification and facilitation of strategies and programs to improve the safety of staff and to mitigate claims.
  • Work in partnership with key stakeholders to develop and implement policy, procedures, systems and education programs.
  • Support the recording and reporting process for workplace incidents and promote a proactive local approach to incident investigation and hazard resolution.
  • Provide WHS statistics and reports as required.
  • Liaise with StateCover, SafeWork NSW and other relevant authorities as required.
  • Manage Council’s workplace health surveillance, including vaccinations and immunisations as required.
  • As the Return-to-Work Coordinator, administer the rehabilitation of injured workers including recover at work programs in accordance with relevant Workers Compensation and Injury Management legislation.
  • Coordinate the recording and reporting of workplace incidents, hazards and near misses and ensure that incident investigations are conducted in a timely manner and any corrective actions arising are monitored for completion.
  • Provide support for emergency preparedness and response programs, such as fire drills and evacuation.
  • Coordinate and facilitate WHS education, induction and training to ensure Council meets its legislative requirements


  • Tertiary qualifications in Work Health & Safety, coupled with solid contemporary experience in a senior WHS role
  • SafeWork NSW Return to Work Coordinator accreditation
  • Expert knowledge of and ability to interpret and apply WHS legislation and regulations
  • Proven ability to work cooperatively and consult across all levels of management and staff
  • Experience conducting complex WHS investigations and audits
  • Experience delivering on-the-job WHS induction, education and awareness training
  • Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office suite
  • Demonstrated high level written, verbal and interpersonal skills and the ability to positively influence and negotiate positive outcomes 

Singleton Council is committed to ensuring we provide a safe place of work for our staff and visitors and require all employees to be fully vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2 in accordance with Singleton Council's COVIDsafe Workplace Protocol.

This position is offered on a permanent, full-time basis working 35 hours per week.

Remuneration for this position is based on 13 of the salary system which equates to a base salary between $88,559 to $99,617 per annum plus superannuation. This position attracts a vehicle allowance of $15,989.44 per annum.


At Singleton Council, we are a dynamic, multi-skilled, diverse group of people who share the same passion — to deliver outstanding services and outcomes to our community. We value difference and the creativity it generates towards our productive workforce.

Working for Singleton Council you will join an Engaged, Safe, Sustainable and Performing workforce who, together, we exist to make a difference for our community. To make smart, sustainable decisions, and to go above and beyond so that our community continues to be loved locally and recognised nationally. If you are looking for a challenging and strategically focused career which delivers tangible results for the community all whilst working in a flexible, contemporary environment, join us on our journey to be the best council in Australia.     

  • Be community-first: You’ll create or support important community outcomes and will be fulfilled by the impact you have on everyday lives.
  • Help drive change, step by step: You’ll help improve what we deliver and how we deliver it. You’ll challenge us to move forward, combining hard work and drive with professionalism and staying power.
  • Learn and grow: You’ll develop your skills and reach new heights through the diversity of what we do and through a range of ongoing training opportunities.
  • Join a supportive, family-friendly organisation: Commit to our journey to achieve the best outcomes for our community and we will support you to find the right balance between work and life.
  • Join a employer of choice organisation: You'll be a part of an organisation that has innovative programs targeting staff wellbeing, recognition and inclusion as well as fostering a culture of collective leadership that has seen our organisation recognised as an Employer of Choice from the Human Resources Director (HRD) Australia.


If you are interested in joining our journey to become the best council in Australia, apply today to develop your skills, reach new heights and make a real impact.

For further information regarding this role please see the position description and information for intending applicants, or contact Deborah McDonald, Manager Integrated Risk on 02 6578 7233.

To be eligible for this role you MUST have the Right to Work in Australia.


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