Chief Safety Engineer

Job Title: Chief Safety Engineer
Contract Type: Contract
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Salary: Negotiable
Start Date: 08/06/2020
Reference: JO-2004-100146_1587018137
Contact Name: Monica James
Contact Email:
Job Published: April 16, 2020 16:22

Job Description

Office of Industrial Relations

The Office of Industrial Relations (OIR) is a key contributor to the government's strategic objectives in the areas of work health and safety, electrical safety, workers' compensation, industrial relations and labour hire regulation. In partnership with stakeholders, they strive to achieve the lowest rate of work-related and electrical fatality, injury and disease in the nation, improved workers' compensation regulatory services and a fair industrial relations framework in Queensland.

OIR's vision is to be a government of the 21st century; one government that is connected and working together to deliver smarter, simpler outcomes that are responsive to the needs of Queenslanders now and for the future. The Chief Safety Engineer will advance OIR's delivery on this vision and will be accountable for leading the planning, development and implementation of strategies to safeguard workers and the general public across the state.

The role leads the Engineering Services unit and will form part of the Specialised Health and Safety Services Branch providing specialist services and expertise in construction, mechanical, civil electrical engineering focussing on the challenges arising from complex and emerging engineering risks and technologies. As the Chief Safety Engineer your role will include but won't be limited to:

  • Leading, coordinating and monitoring the services provided by the Engineering Services unit ensuring that they are aligned with strategic objectives of OIR, including building and maintaining technical competencies across the inspectorate, and administering the licensing and statutory registration of high-risk plant design and major amusement parks.
  • Providing expert oral and written advice to the Minister, Deputy Director-General, executive and other internal and external clients on the technical aspects of occupational safety
  • Overseeing and coordinating those aspects of incident investigations which require the analysis of failure in structural/ material, electrical/electronic and mechanical/hydraulic/pneumatic systems and their contribution to incidents.
  • Compiling expert reports and appear as witness in the prosecution of breaches of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011.
  • Representing OIR and Workplace Health and Safety Queensland at high-level government, standards development and industry forums where professional qualifications and expert technical knowledge are necessary.

In order to be successful in your application you will have demonstrated effective strategic leadership within a regulatory environment and a proven expertise in leading teams of engineering specialists. Critically, you will be able to show the following attributes:

  • High level engineering skills as evidenced by successful interventions to improve safety outcomes for workers and Queenslanders in a broad spectrum of industries
  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills as demonstrated by successfully leading technical or contentious matters before senior public officials, courts, media, peers and senior industry and union officials.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in the evaluation of peer research, policy and legislation to devise and direct safety programs in response to new and emerging technologies
  • Ability to rapidly acquire a competent working knowledge of the Queensland workplace health and safety legislation, the legislative process and the major government and non-government stakeholders in occupational health in Australia.

Your future-focused, client centric approach and engaging leadership style will see you capitalise on the existing services and look for potential enhancements moving forward with OIR and industry.

Applications close on Wednesday 6th May 2020.

To apply, click the link and upload your current resume in Microsoft Word format only (.doc or .docx). If you would like to have a confidential discussion, please contact Ryan Webster on 0427 329 443 or Stephen Overty on 0416 200 412, quoting ref no. JO-2004-100146. Want to know more about Davidson? Visit us at