Executive Director / Department of the Attorney-General and Justice

Date Advertised 10/06/2022

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Primary objective

The Executive Director NT WorkSafe provides strong leadership and strategic direction in the management of work health and safety, workers’ compensation and electricity safety systems and services across the Northern Territory.

The incumbent is required to possess the skills, qualifications, training and experience to be considered for a statutory appointment as the Work Health Authority, with powers and functions under the Work Health and Safety (National Uniform Legislation) Act 2011, the Return to Work Act 1986, the Transport of Dangerous Goods by Road and Rail (National Uniform Legislation) Act 2010, Electricity Reform Act 2000, Dangerous Goods Act 1998 and associated Regulations. The Work Health Authority and the Electricity Safety Regulator discharges its powers and functions through NT WorkSafe, an agency of the Department of the Attorney-General and Justice. NT WorkSafe provides advice, guidance, and information, and monitors and enforces compliance with the aforementioned legislation, Northern Territory-wide.

Key duties and responsibilities
1. Lead the establishment, implementation and operation of contemporary workplace health and safety and workers’ compensation systems and services.
2. Provide strategic advice and innovative solutions to address risk and legislation compliance responsibilities.
3. Lead and manage the human, physical and financial resources of the NT WorkSafe to ensure quality, timely and expert service delivery.
4. Advocate and strengthen cooperative stakeholder and industry partnerships.
5. Build industry capacity and monitor workplace health and safety and workers’ compensation activities across the Northern Territory.
6. Represent the Department and the Northern Territory Government at a local and national level.
7. Ensure NT WorkSafe undertakes appropriate regulatory and statutory reform (including critical management of inspectorate functions, enforceable undertakings and prosecutions).

Selection criteria Essential
1. Proven ability to lead a multi-disciplined work team to build capacity and capability and to implement reform to meet emerging demands.
2. Extensive knowledge of industry trends and policy in workplace health and safety and workers’ compensation.
3. Highly developed negotiation, influencing and change management skills with a proven ability to develop and maintain effective partnerships and strategic alliances with stakeholders including unions, employers, insurers and other safety regulators.
4. Highly developed strategic, conceptual and analytical ability including exceptional interpersonal and communication capability with a proven ability to interpret and manage the social, political and organisational environment.
5. Demonstrated ability to set and apply clear performance standards, provide constructive feedback and make difficult corporate decisions to achieve desired outcomes.
6. Highly developed resource management skills in order to manage the resources of NT WorkSafe in a safe and sustainable way whilst delivering on priorities of the day.
7. Demonstrated capacity to work within a regulatory environment including proven ability to exercise sound judgement in statutory decision making within compliance and enforcement frameworks.

1. Well-developed knowledge of the Territory legislation relating to work health and safety, rehabilitation and other related areas.
2. Tertiary qualifications or significant experience in a related discipline (i.e. Law, WH&S or similar).

Further information
NTPS employees subject to CHO Directions No. 41 of 2022 requires workers in high risk places to have received their third dose (booster) by 11 March 2022 and CHO Directions 52/2022 now requires remaining employees to have received their third dose (booster) by 22 April 2022 (except where a medical exemption is granted).

Duration: Fixed for up to 4 years commencing 17/10/2022

Salary: $237,573

Contact Officer: Gemma Lake on 08 8935 7400 or Gemma.Lake@nt.gov.au

Position number: 17370

RTF 242310

The successful applicant will be required to undergo a criminal history check. A criminal history will not exclude an applicant from this position unless it is a relevant criminal history.