Safe Work Australia is the national body responsible for leading the development of policy to improve work health and safety, and workers’ compensation arrangements across Australia.
We are jointly funded by the Commonwealth and state and territory governments and work collaboratively with work health and safety regulators, industry groups and unions.
You can find out more about us on our About us page.
Who we are
We are a motivated and professional team of around 100 staff with a variety of qualifications and backgrounds ranging from research and data professionals to corporate services professionals.
We are committed to professionalism, excellence and collaboration and value people with ideas, the ability to present them persuasively, and the drive and skill to see them implemented. We are an organisation committed to a high performance culture that recognises and rewards high achievers.
Safe Work Australia’s vision
To make Australia a world leader in work health and safety and workers’ compensation, and help create healthy, safe and productive working lives for all Australians.
Our agency vision
To be a centre of excellence in work health and safety and workers’ compensation data, research, policy and strategy by creating a great workplace that enables everyone to be and do their best.
We are committed to excellence, people, communication, service.
What we offer
Safe Work Australia offers attractive working conditions and remuneration packages including generous employer superannuation contributions and entitlements to further your career through study.
We are committed to developing our staff through learning and development opportunities and have a robust leadership and mentoring program. We offer a diverse and inclusive workplace and have a genuine approach to flexible working arrangements. We are active members and participants in many forums designed to attract and retain staff with disability and from Indigenous and culturally diverse backgrounds.
We also offer career opportunities for highly talented and motivated graduates from a broad range of disciplines. Check out our Graduate Program page for more information.
Employees of Safe Work Australia are engaged under the Public Service Act 1999 and conditions of service and salary scales are set out in the Safe Work Australia Enterprise Agreement 2015-2018.
Where we are
Safe Work Australia is located in the Nishi Building in Canberra at level 7, 2 Philip Law Street New Acton, and we have a small number of staff operating remotely in South Australia and New South Wales.
The Nishi Building is a modern, highly accessible, award-winning structure located in the vibrant area of New Acton, centrally located next to the city. The entry to the building is easily accessible and level 7 is a fully modernised office with automatic doors, a one level office space, open break out spaces, sit-to-stand workstations and a welcoming atmosphere that encourages and embraces diversity within our Agency.
The building also has accessible toilets and showers, in addition to a number of disabled parking spaces located around and underneath the Nishi Building.
You can check the roles we have available on our current vacancies and Graduate Program pages.
If any of these roles sound like the opportunity you are looking for, we want to hear from you! Submit an online application available through the Current vacancies page.
How to apply
As part of your application you will need to provide your resume, including contact details of two referees.
Be sure to read the job descriptions carefully—you may be required to submit responses against selection criteria, or provide a one-page pitch telling us how your skills, knowledge, experience and qualifications make you the best person for the job.
As part of your application, you will need to provide a copy of your resume (also known as a CV or curriculum vitae). This document gives us a first impression of you and as a minimum, you should ensure it includes the following elements:
- Personal details: Your name, contact email address and phone numbers.
- Education: Detail your education and qualifications that relate to the job for which you are applying.
- Work experience: Include all work experience and outline the main responsibilities and achievements that are relevant to the job for which you are applying. Organise your employment history in chronological order, starting with the most recent, and indicate actual dates of employment. Be sure to explain any gaps in your employment history.
- Other experience: Briefly describe relevant extra-curricular activities, interests or volunteer and community work and highlight what you gain from the experience.
- Referees: Include the name and contact details of two professional referees who can validate and support your application.
The following layout guidelines are recommended:
- Maximum of 6 pages (noting that the standard resume length is 2–4 pages).
- Use an easy to read font and a simple, consistent format.
- Use bullet points to break up text.
- Place key information on the front page where it can be noticed.
- Highlight important facts and ensure that you can back them up with examples if asked at interview.
Responding to selection criteria
It is essential to respond to each selection criteria item, where specified, explaining briefly how you have demonstrated the particular skill or quality. If you need further assistance, we recommend reading through the Addressing selection criteria guide provided by the Australian Public Service Commission.
Writing a one-page pitch
Your one-page pitch is a chance to tell us why you are the right person for the job. We want to know why you want to work at Safe Work Australia, why you are interested in the role, what you can offer us, and how your skills, knowledge, experience and qualifications are applicable to the role. In a nutshell—why should we hire you?
Try not to duplicate information that can already be found in your resume, but do highlight any specific examples or achievements that will demonstrate your ability to perform the role.
How applications are assessed
You will be assessed on your ability to demonstrate that you have, or have potential to develop, the required skills, knowledge, experience and qualifications to perform the role.
These requirements are based on the information provided to you as part of the job advertisement.
If your application is shortlisted, you may be asked to undertake further assessment to test your ability to perform the role. This may include, but is not limited to:
- an interview
- behavioural assessments to ascertain your motivation and fit for the role
- role play or written tasks to assess key knowledge areas and critical skills.
Your referees may be contacted at any stage of the assessment process to validate your claims. For this reason it is important that you advise them you have applied for a role at Safe Work Australia, and that you feel confident they will be able to support your application.
If you are assessed as being suitable to perform the role, you will be assessed against the relevant classification levels using the APS Work Level Standards. If you are the successful candidate the role will then be tailored to ensure best fit, and depending on your skills, knowledge, experience and qualifications you may have the opportunity to negotiate your salary within the parameters of the Enterprise Agreement.
Procedures for determining breaches of the Code of Conduct
In accordance with s.15(3) of the Public Service Act 1999, the Chief Executive Officer, as the agency head of Safe Work Australia, has established procedures for determining whether an APS employee, or former employee, of Safe Work Australia has breached the Code of Conduct, and for determining sanctions. These procedures are made publicly available in accordance with s.15(7) of the Act.
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