Work Health & Safety System Coordinator

Job No: PSC254
Location: Parkes

About Parkes Shire Council

Parkes Shire Council is a progressive and innovative organisation that embraces new ideas and has adopted a philosophy of continuous improvement. Council is committed to delivering progress and value to our community through living our corporate values of Community, Innovation, Integrity, Respect, Safety and Teamwork. The values guide the work we do, the choices we make and how we interact with each other and the community. For our employees we provide a positive, safe, creative and fun work environment which embraces new technology with the focus on the safety, health, well-being and professional development of staff.

Council has been acknowledged for Excellence in Local Government as the winner of the prestigious AR Bluett Memorial Award in 2016 which recognises the most progressive rural council in the state, based on all council operations and services.

Council values our position as a progressive, cohesive and well respected employer of choice.  We are proud of our corporate values which guide the work we do, the choices we make and how we interact with each other and the community. For our employees we provide career development and succession planning opportunities across a large range of trades and professions.

Council embraces a LEAN philosophy across its operations in an effort to maximize the value and service we deliver to our community with a commitment to best practice work health and safety for our staff and stakeholders. In our quest for improvement Council has achieved formal accreditation under  ISO45001:2018 framework for our Work Health and Safety Management System.  This highly regarded accreditation recognises the dedication and commitment from Council staff to ensure safety management systems are robust and efficient and more importantly that a safe workplace is provided for our staff, contractors, visitors and volunteers.

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About the Opportunity

The Work Health and Safety System Coordinator is integral in the maintenance of Council's Work Health & Safety Management System (WHSMS) and ensuring commitment to a best practice governance framework while continually striving for improvement with new and innovative ways of ensuring council provides a safe workplace for our staff, contractors and visitors now and into the future.

We are looking for candidate who is motivated and can demonstrate behaviours that are aligned to our values of respect, integrity, safety, community, innovation and teamwork.  It will be important the role is able to confidently advise and engage stakeholders on the WHSMS and provide data and analytics to Managers and Senior Staff to ensure informed decisions are made relating to the management of framework and its systems.  The role will be key in assisting with internal and external audits to maintain the ISO45001 certification standards.

The role will be based at Council's main Parkes Administration Centre, however will be required to travel to worksites within the shire. 

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • Verifiable Diploma in Work Health and Safety, Local Government or other related discipline
  • 3-5 years experience as a leader in a WHS or Local Government related role
  • Cert IV in Training & Assessing (desirable) and/or experience in delivering structured in-house training programs
  • Experience in conducting or coordinating audit processes
  • An understanding of the LEAN methodology and/or experience in applying business improvement practices in the workplace
  • Ability to drive engagement and accountability of a work health and safety system or related framework across an organisation
  • Exceptional organisational skills and ability to work collaboratively across work areas
  • Demonstrated customer service skills with the ability to communicate in person and administer correspondence in a tactful, professional and efficient manner 
  • Solid computer skills with experience in the Microsoft Suite and demonstrated ability to record and anaylse data and prepare reports to inform decision making 
  • Current Class C Drivers licence
  • SafeWork NSW Construction Induction (White Card)
  • Working with Children Check
Other details relating to this position are:
  • The Grade range band applicable to the position is Grade 13 to 14, for a 35 hour week within Council's salary structure.
  • The salary range is from $71,396 to $86.618 per annum (depending on skills and experience)
  • 35 hour working week and a fortnightly RDO
  • Employment is under the Local Government (State) Award 2017
  • You must have the right to live and work in Australia to apply for this job
  • Parkes Shire Council proudly promotes the principles of Equal Employment Opportunity
  • Aboriginal persons are encouraged to apply
  • Council is proud to be a Child Safe Organisation and all staff are encouraged to obtain a Working With Children Check due to the diversity of functions and extent of interaction with the community


How to Apply

Before you apply for this position, please read the position description carefully to assess your eligibility and suitability for the position. You will be required to answer a few questions that relate to the criteria on the online application below. You will also be asked to attach your current resume which should include two recent employment related referees. Please note that you cannot submit your application without attaching your resume. A cover letter is not required. Council will only accept applications submitted on line.

Parkes Shire Council operates a merit-based recruitment process.


Pre-employment Screening

In the event you are shortlisted for an interview, and are then selected to progress to the next stage following interview, you must be prepared to undergo the following pre-employment screening processes as part of the selection process:

  • A pre-employment physical examination (at Council's expense), including a hearing and drug and alcohol test
  • Please include two work related referees in your resume for reference checking purposes - please ensure your referee details are current
  • Undertake any other applicable screening that may be relevant to the role
  • Council may also check authenticity of certificates and qualifications

Working With Children Check

To create a child safe environment, all Council employees will require a Working With Children Check number. Applicants need to possess or express a willingness to apply for a Working With Children Check. More information can be found at

Privacy Statement

As part of the recruitment process, Parkes Shire Council will be collecting information about you. This information is private information for the purposes of the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act. This information will be included in the recruitment file, and accessed by Council Records Staff and members of the Recruitment Selection Panel. Applicants may request their information be returned to them at the conclusion of the recruitment process.

Other Important Details

Enquiries: Telephone Katrina Dwyer on (02) 6861 2333 for further information.

Closing Date: 5.00pm AEST on Thursday 28 November 2019.

Good luck and we look forward to receiving your application!

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