First listed on: 07 September 2018

Director Health, Safety & Wellbeing


People & Culture Department
Ballarat Health Services
Fixed Term until 1 October 2020
Full Time (80 hrs per fortnight including ADO) 

Position Number:  15999

Closing Date:  14 September 2018

Ballarat Health Services (BHS) is the main public referral health service to a catchment population of around 250,000 people across the Grampians region and has been providing quality care for more than 160 years. BHS delivers care across all settings: in hospital and increasingly, in the community and people’s homes and is the largest public provider of residential aged care in Australia. BHS is the largest employer in Ballarat, which has a population of over 100,000 people. Our workforce of approximately 4,500 is a key strength of our organisation and the broader community.

Ballarat Health Services (BHS) is seeking a suitably qualified and experienced Director Health, Safety and Wellbeing for a 24 month fixed term contract arrangement. In addition to managing the day to day operations of the Health, Safety & Wellbeing (HS&W) Department, the Director is responsible for the organisations health and safety management system.  The department is responsible for general occupational health and safety, injury management and WorkCover, core training programs for safe patient handling & mobility, management of clinical aggression and workplace conduct training.

There is a strong staff health and wellbeing focus at the Health Service, and this role plays a pivotal part of the key stakeholder group responsible for the development of health and wellbeing strategy.  BHS offers a range of clinical and non-clinical services that present many and varying risks. This is an exciting opportunity for the right incumbent to work in a very diverse and complex industry pertaining to health, safety and wellbeing needs.

Key Selection Criteria:

Qualifications & Experience

  • Tertiary qualifications in an Occupational Health and Safety related discipline and/or demonstrate significant experience in a Senior OH&S role. 
  • Minimum 3 years experience in a Senior Occupational Health and Safety Position of a large, or multi-faceted organisation. 
  • Experience measuring and reporting on safety programs, rehabilitation and wellbeing using both lead and lag indicators.
  • Demonstrated expertise is relevant legislation and compliance.

Technical/Professional Knowledge and Skills

  • Continuous Improvement
  • Safety Leadership
  • Leading Change

Personal Attributes 

  • Adaptability
  • Work Standards
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Leadership Disposition
  • Quality Orientation 

Interpersonal Skills

  • Communication
  • Building Strategic Working Relationships
  • Managing Conflict
  • Negotiation

Why make the move to Ballarat? Ballarat is a great place to live, with low commuting times and all the facilities you would expect from a regional city. With a population of around 100,000 residents Ballarat offers premium job opportunities, world-class education, affordable housing, exciting restaurants and retail options, accessible community services, beautiful heritage, first-class events and a great lifestyle for all.  Lifestyle, investment and employment opportunities are all reasons why more than 2,000 people choose to relocate to Ballarat every year. For further information on Ballarat you can visit the City of Ballarat website

BHS is committed to providing a diverse and inclusive workforce. We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, mature age workers and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people.

For further information, please contact Fiona Brew on (03) 5320 4446.

All applications, including your response to the key selection criteria outlined in the position description, must be submitted online via Ballarat Health Services website https//

All appointments are subject to a satisfactory Police Records Check & Immunisation Clearance

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