First listed on: 08 July 2024

Associate Director Safety


Employment Type: Permanent Full Time, 40 hours per week
Remuneration: $161,042 per annum – $180,143 per annum + super and annual leave loading
Location: State Operations Centre Sydney Olympic Park
Closing Date: 21 July 2024


NSW Ambulance is an integral part of the NSW Health system that must work together seamlessly to deliver services to the community of NSW. We take a values-based leadership approach putting our people at the centre of everything we do, striving to deliver our mission of Excellence in Care through our CORE Values of Collaboration, Openness, Respect and Empowerment. Hear what it’s like to work for NSW Ambulance 


The position of Associate Director Safety is responsible for the strategic leadership of the NSW Ambulance work health and safety portfolio and the development of operational work health and safety risk management strategies to foster positive organisational change across the NSW Ambulance workforce. The position is responsible for the effective management and strategic development of the enterprise work health and safety program. The position is responsible for policy and program development to minimise work health and safety risk exposure and improve organisational performance and compliance.

The incumbent is required to proactively develop and implement performance indicators aligned to the Government’s KPIs in the risk area. The Associate Director Safety provides complex advice and input into the development and implementation of workforce strategies to support NSW Ambulance.

Please refer to the Role Description and Position Conditions and General Info for further information.

OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE (for eligible employees)

Besides your salary, you’ll also have access to:

  • A range of leave to support you with your needs out of work including generous paid parental leave, carers leave and more.
  • Additional Public Holiday
  • Opportunities for extra tax savings through salary packaging
  • Novated leasing – lease a car and pay for all running costs out of your pre-taxed salary (eligible fulltime employees)
  • Extensive staff support programs available to all staff and families – free confidential and professional assistance for staff and their families.
  • Fitness passport, and medic-fit gyms at most locations – discounted gym membership that both you and your family can enjoy (eligible employees)
  • Health coaching service available to all staff providing individualised support.
  • Discounted private health insurance.
  • Career development and growth opportunities 


To be successful in this role, you will require the following experience and attributes:

  • Tertiary qualifications, or relevant experience, in work health and safety or a related area and proven experience in the management of programs in a widely distributed field-based workforce with the provision of expert advice in a complex and multi-disciplinary environment.
  • Demonstrated skills and experience at a strategic level in relation to work health and safety practices, policies and processes with thorough knowledge of and achievements in the integration into the culture of the organisation
  • A substantial knowledge of work health and safety risk and management systems within the public sector, as well as a sound understanding of the state-wide work health and safety risk management policy arena within NSW.
  • Senior and high-level written communication skills, including briefings, project and management reports with excellent negotiation, interpersonal, presentation and facilitation skills. Knowledge and experience in instructing and negotiating with solicitors and counsel in court matters in relation to risk issues is required.
  • Highly developed conceptual, analytical, project management, organisational and time management skills and experience as well as proven achievements as a senior manager in leading a diverse team and delivering measurable outcomes.
  • Computer literacy including thorough data analysis and reporting skills involving databases, spreadsheets, word processing and other applications used in the Windows environment.
  • Demonstrated people management skills, including providing staff support, staff development, performance management and the early identification of unacceptable workplace behaviours and taking appropriate action such as investigation, resolution and monitoring of harassment and bullying, grievance issues and conflict resolution.


Please respond to the below two (2) pre-screening questions (max 4000 characters including spaces) and submit this with your CV and other required information.

Targeted Question 1: Describe a time that you have been able to improve an organistaions safety culture and how did you measure success? 

Targeted Question 2: Describe a safety initiative that you have implemented that had at the outset had union opposition? How were you able to overcome this barrier and was implementation successful? 

If you’d like to discuss the position and role description more before you formally apply, confidential enquiries can be made to Devon Lowe on:


Please note: To be eligible for permanent appointment to a position in NSW Health, you must have an Australian citizenship or permanent Australian residency. 

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