Work Health and Safety (WHS) Professionals - Multiple Roles

Geoscience Australia
Majura, Australia
Added: February 19, 2024

About us

Geoscience Australia is Australia's pre-eminent public sector geoscience organisation. We are the nation's trusted advisor on the geology and geography of Australia. We apply science and technology to describe and understand the Earth for the benefit of Australia. We apply our diverse professional expertise, our deep and trusted knowledge, our national-scale Earth observation infrastructure and our strong partnerships, to the opportunities and challenges that face our nation.

Our culture

Our strength lies in our people, including our diversity in backgrounds, skills and experiences, and the way we work together to respond to the emerging needs of our work. We value diversity in gender, backgrounds, culture, and experiences of our employees and are committed to providing an inclusive workplace culture that ensures everyone has equal opportunity to contribute, participate and progress. Applications from people who reflect this diversity are encouraged.

Our workplace is committed to the health, safety and wellbeing of our employees and offer a variety of flexible working arrangements to enhance flexibility, including remote working arrangements.

What we can offer you

When you work at Geoscience Australia you will have access to a range of benefits and the opportunity to experience a workplace culture that truly values and promotes diversity, inclusion, equity and belonging. To learn more about our competitive salary, free onsite parking, generous flexible working arrangements and the role you can play in growing our culture.

What we are looking for

Geoscience Australia manages a diverse WHS profile across multiple sites including within Australia, Antarctica, and the pacific region. Across these sites we manage various challenging environments including specialised laboratories, remote land and sea field work and other high-risk work (including organic materials, ionising and non-ionising radiation, dangerous chemicals, plant, and machinery).

We are currently enhancing our WHS management system and are seeking contemporary, strategic, and operational WHS professionals to play a crucial role in shaping and implementing the strategic vision for the WHS pillar within the Geoscience Australia People and Culture Strategy 2024-2028.

We are looking to create a merit pool which can be used to fill multiple vacancies from April 2024. We are looking for people with capability in the following areas:

  • WHS strategy, governance, and assurance
  • WHS capability development and delivery
  • WHS advice and support
  • Emergency management systems
  • High risk hazards
  • Reporting, analysis and insights

All successful candidates will be expected to join an on-call roster which operates 24/7 to support Geoscience Australia’s field operations.

Are you unsure about applying?

Did you know that a Hewlett Packard internal report found that men apply for jobs when they meet an average of 60 per cent of the job requirements? Women and other people from diverse backgrounds tend to only apply when they check every box. If you think you have what it takes, but don’t necessarily meet every single point on what we are looking for, please still apply or get in touch with the contact officer to learn more about the role.

Required skills, knowledge, experience and/or qualifications

  • The ability to work in a team, collaborate with others and contribute to our inclusive culture.
  • Qualification in WHS, HR or a related discipline is desirable.

To Apply

Please visit the careers page of our website to submit your application via our e-Recruit system. Your application should include:

  • Your resume (no more than 3 pages)
  • A brief statement (no more than 500 words) outlining your transferable skills, experience and capabilities related to the role and the value you would bring to Geoscience Australia.

If you have any questions regarding the role, please contact Charlie Middleton on (02) 6249 9006 or email To learn more about applying for roles within the Australian Public Services please review, ‘Applying for an APS job: cracking the code’.


To be eligible to apply for this position you must meet the below eligibility criteria.

  • Be an Australian Citizen at the closing date of application.
  • The successful applicant must be able to obtain, hold and maintain a security clearance of an appropriate level relevant to this role.
  • Commencement of employment is subject to the successful applicant undergoing and satisfying pre- employment screening, which includes a police history check.


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 position. For more information, please visit the Australian Public Service Commission website.

Hearing or speech impaired applicants are invited to use the National Relay Service by contacting 133 677, and requesting to be connected with our Recruitment team on 02 6249 9777 in order to obtain selection documentation.

Technical Assistance

If you require technical assistance, call Human Resources on (02) 6249 9777 or email

A merit list/pool may be created from this process. If you are successful for the merit pool, your details may be shared with other Australian Public Service agencies unless you choose not to have your details disclosed.