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Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment
Position Level: 
APS Level 6
$82,500 to $93,670
Adelaide SA, Cairns QLD, Canberra ACT, Darwin NT, Hobart TAS, Melbourne VIC, Perth WA, Sydney NSW
Job type: 
Closing date: 
28 January 2021
To event remaining 10 days

The People and Policy Branch is responsible for the department’s employment framework, policies and guidelines and provides front line human resources (HR) support for the department, right across the country and in our overseas locations. We are responsible for the development, implementation and oversight of the department’s employment legislation and provide general HR advice including conditions of employment, along with specialised case management services for issues related to performance, probation, attendance, behaviour, early intervention and rehabilitation.

The People Support Rehabilitation Team ensures that the department remains compliant under legislation with respect to the management of compensation matters and drives outcomes that aim to reduce the department’s workers’ compensation premium. With the recent machinery of government changes this remains a high priority for the team to minimise costs and risks to the department.

Key duties

These roles are required to arrange and coordinate more complex cases of rehabilitation and return to work strategies for ill and injured employees. As a Senior Rehabilitation Advisor you will:

  • effectively manage employees with compensable and non-compensable injuries and illnesses while exercising delegations within relevant legislation and policy
  • deliver rehabilitation services in accordance with the standards and procedures detailed in the Rehabilitation Management System (RMS) Operational Manual
  • uphold the principles of, and meet the regulatory requirements for, privacy and confidentiality and the appropriate handling of information
  • communicate with stakeholders to manage expectations and define expected outcomes and agreed timeframes within the confines of the legislative and policy framework we work in
  • ensure managers are briefed on emerging or identified risks and issues and escalate matters appropriately and in a timely manner
  • engage and manage approved Workplace Rehabilitation Providers (WRPs), monitor the performance and quality of service providers and ensure that they are operating within regulatory and Occupational Rehabilitation and Associated Medical Services (ORAMS) panel requirements
  • coordinate the development and monitoring of return to work plans whilst ensuring consultation between the injured employees, manager/s, WRPs and treating medical practitioner/s
  • monitor the progress of return to work plans against goals and objectives.

Please note that there are currently two vacancies in the section that may be able to be performed from any of the office locations listed above. This recruitment process will be used to fill the above ongoing vacancies but may also be used to fill future ongoing and non ongoing positions in the division where the duties are of a similar nature. If an offer of non-ongoing employment is made, the successful applicant would be employed for an initial period of twelve months with the possibility of extension up to a maximum period of three years in total. The merit pool established through this selection process is valid for a period of twelve months from the date the vacancy was advertised in the Public Service Gazette.


Previous experience in rehabilitation case management in the Australian Public Service is highly desirable. It is expected that applicants will have a sound understanding of relevant legislation such as the Safety, Rehabilitation & Compensation Act (1988), Commonwealth Work Health & Safety Act (2011), Privacy Act, Disability Discrimination Act (1992) and leave, superannuation and employment related provisions of the Public Service Act.

Mandatory qualifications
Applicants must have a Certificate IV or Diploma (or similar/equivalent) in Injury Management/Rehabilitation.

The filling of this vacancy is intended to constitute an affirmative measure under section 8(1) of the 'Racial Discrimination Act 1975'. This vacancy is only available to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait people. RecruitAbility applies to this vacancy. Under the RecruitAbility scheme you will be invited to participate in further assessment activity for the vacancy if you choose to apply under the scheme; declare you have a disability; and meet the minimum requirements for the job.

Getting to know the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment began 1 February 2020. The Department is led by Secretary Andrew Metcalfe, supported by the Executive Leadership Team. We protect Australia's natural resources, agriculture and way of life. Our goal is to deliver policies and programs that:

  • drive strong and sustainable agricultural industries
  • manage our unique environment and heritage
  • support our regional communities.

Our role is diverse and far reaching, we:

  • assure our clean and green status by keeping pests and diseases out of Australia
  • protect and sustainably manage Australia’s biodiversity, ecosystems and heritage
  • prepare and coordinate our response to outbreaks of pests, diseases and weeds provide data and analysis on agriculture and the environment
  • support sustainable natural resource management
  • establish and manage Commonwealth protected areas
  • maintain and secure new markets for Australia’s agricultural exports.
For more information: 
Julie Rippon
(02) 8334 7423
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