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Work, Health and Safety Manager Shared Services

Full-Time | Fixed Term 12 Month Contract | Redfern

  • Play a crucial role in delivering the ALS's WHS management system, ensuring compliance and promoting a culture of safety and well-being.
  • Develop and implement WHS policies, procedures, and training initiatives, directly impacting employee safety and organizational improvement.
  • Foster collaborative relationships with stakeholders, including executives, WHS committee, and external providers, driving positive change.

Primary purpose of the role

The WHS Manager plays a key role in delivering the Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT) (the ALS) WHS management system. This includes working with all levels of the organisation and coaching and influencing to enable wellbeing and safety to be integrated into core business operations.

Why join the ALS team?

At the Aboriginal Legal Service (ALS) you can make an impact. You will join a strong movement fighting for social justice and equity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, families and communities.

Our focus is our people: the people we support and the people we employ. We offer a career you can be proud of and a place where you feel safe to be yourself. We invest in our people and appreciate the rich diversity of lived experiences, languages, and culture. 
Born out of a protest movement over 50 years ago, the ALS is an Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation delivering high-quality, culturally safe legal and support services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in NSW and the ACT. It’s an exciting time to be joining us. We recently received additional funding to deliver a range of new programs aimed at addressing systemic issues and driving structural reforms. This is creating significant opportunities for the ALS, our staff and communities. 
As well as the satisfaction of working in a job that really matters, we offer our staff benefits including:

  • Not-for-profit salary packaging to reduce your tax liability and maximise take-home pay
  • Annual leave loading of 17.5%
  • Career and professional development opportunities
  • Access to personal counselling for you and your family
  • Additional paid leave of up to 6 days per year, paid parental and study leave
  • Flexible work options – talk to us about how we can make this role work for you

About the role

The job responsibilities are as follow but are not limited to:

  • Lead the development and implementation of ALS’s Work Health and Safety Management System (WHSMS) to ensure compliance with legislative and regulatory requirements.
  • Manage reporting on hazards, incidents, and progress against WHS targets to the Executive Leadership Team regularly.
  • Coordinate investigations of incidents and report notifiable incidents to the WHS regulator.
  • Facilitate the operation of the WHS Committee and report meeting minutes to the Executive Leadership Team.
  • Maintain the ALS risk register and ensure timely completion of action items by accountable personnel.
  • Provide coaching to responsible persons on aspects of the WHSMS and assist in WHS documentation development and review.
  • Workers Compensation case management, including return to work, in collaboration with HR Advisors and Managers, and external providers; monitor, evaluate and report on Workers Compensation performance quarterly
  • Collaborate with the Facilities and Fleet Manager to manage contractor safety, emergency evacuations, and First Aid training, ensuring compliance with relevant legislation and policies. Additionally, oversee Workers Compensation case management, develop and monitor WHS and wellbeing programs, and provide expert advice and consultancy to Executives and Senior Management to drive continual improvement in WHS and injury management practices.

About you

We’re looking for someone who brings:

  • Approximately 5 years’ experience in a WHS role
  • WHS and Return to Work qualifications
  • Demonstrated experience leading and implementing plans, policies and procedures
  • Up-to-date knowledge of, and proven ability to interpret and apply WHS legislation, providing advice to management and team members
  • Excellent planning and organisational skills with the ability to manage competing priorities
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision, as well as in a team environment
  • Proactive examples of leading and contributing to an organisational culture that supports an effective safety and wellbeing environment through systems, processes and personal behaviours
  • Knowledge and appreciation of the cultural and social needs of Aboriginal people combined with continuing respect and support for Aboriginal cultural practices when considering service delivery and other support for clients, their families, communities and employees


  • Identifies as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
  • Relevant tertiary qualifications

Pre-employment requirements

ALS is committed to implementing safe recruitment practices. Your application may be subject to pre-employment checks such as reference checks, Working with Children (NSW) or Working with Vulnerable People (ACT) check, right to work in Australia, COVID-19 vaccinations and National Police History check.

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