Manager, Work Health and Safety and Risk

Closing date
23 May 2021
Position number
Executive Level 1
Job type
Ongoing, Full time
Immediate supervisor
Chief Operating Officer
Security clearance
Salary range

To be eligible to work with the NCA you must:

  • be an Australian citizen
  • be willing to undergo a medical examination if applicable
  • undertake a security assessment to the requisite standard
  • have completed the 'redundancy benefit period' if you received a redundancy benefit from an Australian Public Service (APS) agency or a non-APS Commonwealth employer.
    Job description

    Who we are

    The National Capital Authority is the Australian Government agency dedicated to ensuring that Canberra is planned and designed in accordance with its significance as the National Capital.

    Our work encompasses asset management and capital works, urban planning, development approvals, events management, education and leasing and licencing of the diplomatic estate. The value of the asset portfolio managed by the NCA is more than            $1 billion. 

    The person we are looking for

    Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, the successful applicant will manage all aspects of WHS and Risk for the NCA.  The role will involve working with a range of internal and external stakeholders to deliver high quality, WHS services and advice, on matters relating to the internal operation of the agency and externally, in terms of the for the services we provide to the national capital estate and the community. 

    To be successful in the role, you will have:

    • Industry expertise (at least 5 years) delivering workplace WHS and risk programs, services and advice in the public sector and/or commercial environment.
    • Collaboration and negotiation experience and demonstrated effective management of contractors and stakeholders to deliver agreed quality WHS services to drive improvement of the WHS management system.
    • Demonstrated high level negotiation, influencing and engagement skills and the ability to articulate issues, provide effective solutions and present confidently.
    • The skills to provide appropriate high level reporting (verbal and written). 
    • Initiative, integrity, sound judgment, personal drive, and the ability to think on their feet. They will be able to manage risk and work effectively under pressure and in a changing environment to deliver high-quality advice and outcomes.


    Under broad direction:

    1. Engage with internal and external stakeholders on complex and sensitive risk and work health and safety issues to foster a positive risk culture.
    2. Provide advice on the application of work health and safety legislation and NCA policies and procedures.
    3. Contribute to implementation and continuous improvement of work health and safety management and risk management systems in accordance with legislation and NCA policies.
    4. Maintain risk and safety incident registers and provide regular WHS and Risk Reports to the Board, Audit Committee, Executive and WHS Committee.
    5. Undertake incident investigations as required and identify corrective actions to reduce risk
    6. Evaluate activities and processes for compliance with risk and work health and safety legislation, policies and procedures.
    7. Resolve problems using professional expertise, taking initiatives to identify alternate courses of action and implications for work health and safety activities.

    For further information about the duties of the position, please contact Lachlan Wood (Contact Officer) on 02 6272 2973 or email

    Qualifications/Mandatory Requirements
    • WHS or risk qualifications
    • Demonstrated experience in a WHS position

    Preferred Experience

    At least 5 years demonstrated experience working in a client-focused environment, with a strong focus on practical risk and safety management. Experience in managing and investigating incidents would be beneficial.

    Demonstrated knowledge of the APS employment framework

    Selection Criteria

    Not Applicable

    Your application

    To apply for the role, candidates must provide:

    • a written application (maximum of 2 pages) outlining relevant skills and experience against the duties outlined in the positions Job Description 
    • a current resume
    • Supply two current referee names and contact details with your application

    Please refer to How to Apply for further information.