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Work Health, and Safety Advisor

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Job Description

We are on the lookout for a dedicated and knowledgeable Work Health and Safety Advisor to join our team. This position is WFH on a permanent full-time basis with frequent travel to our sites in Victoria, New South Wales and Tasmania.

Who we are:
As a proud not for profit organisation since 1922, Respect Aged Care serves older residents through our high standard of care and community. Our focus is on giving back to older adults by fostering communities of belonging. Headquartered on the northwest coast of Tasmania, our philosophy is: Everyone deserves the right to a life well-lived, with dignity and respect.

Our organisation is constantly growing, with many homes and thousands of residents and employees across Victoria, New south Wales and Tasmania. Respect also has home care services in multiple states, and more than 700 units in different retirement villages and independent living communities.

The position:

Reporting to Health and Safety Manager, you will provide advice, guidance and management on all matters relating to Health, Safety & Wellbeing to ensure a safe and healthy workplace and enable compliance with local regulations and standards. This position is remote, however, will require regular travel.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Support the development and implementation of appropriate safety standards.
  • Identify, develop, and implement new WHS policies, practices and programs.
  • Collaborating with the WHS Manager and Return to Work Coordinator to identify incident trends, reduce areas of risk and develop preventative programs.
  • General WHS duties such as reporting, incident investigations, trend management, risk assessments, workplace site inspections, developing safety procedures, and hazard management.
  • Lead the implementation of a work Health and Safety Management System that identifies risks and implement controls and apply responsibilities to WHS actions.
  • Produces a suite of data and analytics to report on safety performance and improve monthly based on insights, recommendations, and actions.
  • Construct and manage annual improvement plans for WHS and implement in conjunction with departmental management teams.
  • Provide technical guidance on establishing root cause analysis and provide training, education, and management to advise the root cause.
  • Develop and conduct training programs on Health & Safety, and Wellbeing.
  • Help shape a safety culture that influences the collection of beliefs, perceptions and values that employees share in relation to safety.

Measures of Success

  • Improvements to organisational safety performance.
  • Effective risk management.
  • Demonstrated legislative compliance.
  • Benchmarking of accountability against tracked safety measures.
  • Demonstrated leadership and embedding of safety culture and behaviours.
  • Clear transparency and accountability for nominated managers.
  • Reduction in workplace injuries.



  • Tertiary qualifications in Work Health & Safety (minimum Certificate IV) or related discipline;
  • Demonstrated experience in developing, implementing, and monitoring WHS policies, procedures and safe systems of work;
  • Solid and well-established experience in safety.
  • Experienced in dealing with external stakeholders such as regulatory and local authorities.
  • Risk management, mitigation, and communication experience & skills.
  • Proven track record in delivering results in complex environments is essential.


  • Project management knowledge and experience is highly desirable.

To be considered for employment with Respect, each candidate must satisfy the legislative requirements of Aged Care Worker Screening to ensure suitability to work in the aged care industry.


  • Remote opportunity – full time work from home, however the role requires regular travel within Tasmania, Victoria, and NSW.
  • Competitive salary and entitlements.
  • Pay incentives including not-for-profit salary packaging.
  • Meaningful work in a purpose-driven organisation.
  • A healthy and positive workplace culture.
  • Learning, development, and growth opportunities.

Our purpose:

To care for the elderly in our communities in an environment of respect, value, and belonging.

Our Values:
Respect - Treat all people with fairness and dignity
Care - Look after and protect the elderly, and each other
Teamwork - Encourage, cooperate, and build trust
Courage - Do the right thing, even when it’s difficult
Integrity - Be open, honest, and trustworthy
Innovation - Think differently to solve problems.
Excellence - Drive quality to continuously improve.

Advice from our career coach

I am excited to share my perspective on the Work Health and Safety Advisor position at Respect Aged Care. As a dedicated and knowledgeable professional, a successful applicant should have a strong background in safety, compliance, and risk management. Here are some key tips to help you stand out as an applicant:

  • Highlight your experience in developing, implementing, and monitoring WHS policies and procedures.
  • Showcase your expertise in dealing with external stakeholders like regulatory authorities.
  • Demonstrate your ability to deliver results in complex environments.
  • Emphasize any project management knowledge and experience you have.
  • Ensure you meet the legislative requirements of Aged Care Worker Screening.

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