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Aboriginal Hostels Limited
Position Level: 
APS Level 6
$80,305 to $84,444
Phillip, ACT
Job type: 
Closing date: 
26 January 2021
To event remaining 8 days

AHL’s purpose is to provide culturally safe, fit-for-purpose, affordable accommodation for Indigenous Australians who need to be away from home to access employment opportunities, health, education and other essential services.  A career with AHL will provide you with a chance to contribute to improving the quality of life and economic opportunity for Indigenous Australians. We offer rewarding experiences and rewarding employment conditions.

We are seeking an enthusiastic and motivated candidate for the position of Work Health, Safety and Rehabilitation (WHSR) Advisor. This position requires an experienced and skilled individual who is hard working, organised, focused, resilient, empathetic, patient, and respectful of the people they work with. You will be responsible for a range of WHSR matters and will be influential in development of WHSR initiatives and processes. You will work in a small team and engage with staff in the hostel network to identify and address emerging safety issues and provide health, safety and rehabilitation advice. The position is pivotal in providing a healthy and safe working environment for workers and residents of AHL.   

Key duties

Under a broad direction of the Assistant Director, WHSR, the WHSR Advisor will:

  • Provide professional advice and support to employees and managers regarding work health, safety, rehabilitation and claims management.
  • Lead, coordinate, manage and deliver work health, safety and rehabilitation initiatives under the WHS Plan, in particular implementation and completion of projects within designated timeframes.
  • Contribute and provide specialist input into the development of work health, safety and rehabilitation reports, safety policies, procedures and frameworks.
  • Assist in the management of the health and safety Intranet pages, and produce and coordinate communication to staff and provide assistance in worker consultation and WHS dispute resolution processes.
  • Develop and maintain strategic and productive working relationships with internal and external stakeholders on a range of matters.
  • Contribute to the ongoing development of the workplace contact officer network to deliver improved safety outcomes.
  • Assist in delivery of the WHS Audit, Workplace Inspection and associated WHS outreach initiatives.
  • Undertake projects to foster continual improvement and build organisational capability and managers’ competencies in regards to work health, safety and rehabilitation.
  • Engage in business improvements and change processes and be self-motivated.
  • Manage the work health and safety inbox and maintain accurate and high quality electronic and paper based records.


To be eligible for engagement and to maintain employment, applicants must:

  • be of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent,
  • identify as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person,
  • be accepted by their community as being an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person,
  • provide evidence of Australian Citizenship,
  • undergo a Satisfactory National Criminal History Check (prior to engagement),
  • meet Fitness for Duty requirements (prior to engagement),
  • hold or obtain the relevant mandatory qualification/s, and
  • satisfactorily complete a Probation period (once employed)

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. 

For more information: 
Philip Howard
(02) 6212 2046
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