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The Job Opportunity

The Museum has an exciting opportunity for a professional to join the organisation in the role of WHS Manager. The incumbent of this position will lead a small team that provide leadership and advice to the Museum Council, Executive, employees and contractors on work health and safety compliance, rehabilitation, early intervention and work health and safety initiatives. The role also provides leadership of a diverse risk/hazard profile, including high risk work across a range of unusual settings.

This is a great opportunity to join an innovative national cultural collecting institution where audiences are central to our work.

As the WHS Manager, you will contribute to and assist in the execution of strategy, plans and initiatives for the Museum in areas of health, safety, early intervention, rehabilitation, and wellbeing.

You will support and assist business unit managers in operational health and safety requirements and the implementation of safe work practices. You will coach leaders and managers on best practice management of employee wellbeing and provide innovative intervention initiatives that ultimately prevent employee’s being injured at work. You will do this through leading, coaching, guiding and mentoring staff in the identification of health and safety risks and issues and the development and implementation of creative, appropriate solutions.

The role requires the incumbent to apply their understanding and experience with WHS, early intervention and rehabilitation to drive a unified, consistent and integrated approach to exhibition and process design and integrated safety practices. The incumbent will thrive on the opportunity to work in a diverse and dynamic environment that offers challenges and the ability to make a difference.

The WHS Manager will work across a range of business activities involving staff, volunteers, contractors and the public.

Developing professional relationships with key internal and external stakeholders, the WHS Manager will oversee compliance with legislative requirements and manage the WHS safety management framework collaboratively with an eye to continuous improvement.

The key duties of the position include:

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate significant experience in work health and safety, rehabilitation and early intervention and project management across a range of industries and/or environments. Ideally, the successful candidate will be able to demonstrate an ability to successfully influence, build and nurture stakeholder relationships and outcomes.

A strong understanding of applicable APS employment parameters, WHS and compensation legislation, standards and Codes of Practice and capacity to undertake research are essential. Experience leading a project, a team player, who is adaptable and innovative will be highly regarded.

You will stand out from others through your passion, interest and knowledge of enterprise bargaining, developing efficient work practices and safety in the workplace and genuine desire to continually develop a safety culture.  The successful candidate must have initiative and be able to use sound judgement in decision making.


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and those from culturally diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. The National Museum of Australia is an equal employment opportunity workplace. The National Museum of Australia is committed to ensursing a child-safe and child-friendly environment. All employees are expected to demonstrate a commitment to, and support for these principles in theory and practice.

To be eligible to apply for this vacancy, applicants must:

  • be an Australian citizen
  • undergo a number of pre-employment checks, which includes a police records check.


The Working Environment

The Museum is offers flexible working arrangements for employees as long as they support delivery of business objectives in a timely manner. Given the nature of this role, it is expected that a larger proportion of the role will be onsite in our ACT sites of Acton and Mitchell.  Any flexibility will depend on current priorities and should be adaptable to urgent onsite matters. In that respect it is unlikely this role is suitable for remote work outside of Canberra or surrounds.

Please note that the Museum is committed to an inclusive and supportive work environment and offers reasonable adjustments to employees.

For more information and to apply visit: APSJobs