First listed on: 18 May 2022

HSE Advisor


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The Opportunity

  • Deliver tailored technical and specialist health, safety and environment (HSE) support 
  • Support multiple business units at the specific site
  • Truly make an IMPACT at CSIRO!

The Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) team partners with all levels of the organisation coaching and influencing to make HSE personal. They provide future focused, leading-edge development and delivery of HSE programs that result in significant improvement in CSIRO’s wellbeing and HSE culture. As such, we currently have multiple opportunities for experienced and passionate health, safety and environment professionals on an indefinite basis. These roles will be based onsite at our Clayton and/or Werribee sites in Melbourne.

The HSE Advisor reports to one of the HSE Managers, as well as working as part of the broader HSE team. This role is responsible for delivering HSE services by providing tailored technical and specialist HSE support and being involved in developing and delivering strategic HSE programs to enhance CSIRO’s HSE and wellbeing culture focusing on the sector and supporting the HSE team.

Your duties will include:

  • Supporting the implementation of CSIRO’s HSE plan through the planning and delivery of priority HSE activities and initiatives, with a focus on organisational consistency across CSIRO sites.
  • Contributing to HSE projects and positively challenging the status quo to influence continual HSE improvement across the organisation.
  • Developing and maintaining strong relationships with site work groups, understanding their unique HSE needs and making recommendations to guide management decisions.
  • Contributing to a cohesive, collaborative and innovative HSE team, providing hands-on HSE practical support to operational staff, and liaising with the HSE team.
  • Coaching and educating staff through knowledge sharing across relevant organisational teams, utilising best practice and communities of practice to enhance the overall HSE performance.
  • Endorsing HSE culture and leading by example, acknowledging and promoting behaviours to enable a positive and proactive HSE culture across the business.
  • Being flexible and agile to contribute to multiple teams, managing multiple priorities, and supporting various business and site needs.
  • Using discipline expertise, developing and reviewing policies, procedures, systems and making recommendations to guide management decisions.
  • Communicating openly, effectively and respectfully with all staff, clients and suppliers in the interests of good business practice, collaboration and enhancement of CSIRO’s reputation.
  • Working collaboratively as part of a multi-disciplinary, often regionally dispersed team to carry out tasks in support of CSIRO scientific objectives.
  • Developing a working knowledge, establishing networks and strong relationships with clients and the HSE team.
  • Providing HSE support to businesses, liaising with HSE Managers and Advisors.
  • Developing a deep understanding of the HSE risk profile and supporting the implementation of HSE improvement initiatives.
  • Actively supporting the HSE culture change program and leading by example, acknowledging and promoting key desired behaviours to enable the growth of a high performing, positive and proactive HSE culture across the business.

Location: Clayton, VIC AND/OR Werribee, VIC
Salary: AU$87k - AU$98k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Indefinite
Reference: 83821

To be considered you will need:

  • Relevant tertiary degree in a related discipline such as Science, Health, Safety & Environment, risk management, or equivalent relevant work experience.
  • At least 3-5 years demonstrated experience in HSE management within large or complex organisations.  
  • Proven ability to understand stakeholder priorities and contribution in the design, delivery, and implementation of strategies to improve HSE. 
  • Co-operates with others to coach and build trust with leaders by influencing a positive HSE culture.  Creates trust by displaying consistency and understanding through integrity and patience. 
  • Ability to enable positive organisational change, by advising strategies, goals, and priorities, and driving culture change in health and safety. Ability to embrace ambiguity and positively persist towards an end goal.
  • Interpersonal skills of being respectful, collaborative, builds trust, listens, and uses discussions to find common ground.  Communicates clearly (both in orally and in writing).  Considered a trusted advisor; fostering effective client relationships and ensuring alignment between client needs and CSIRO’s objectives.
  • Proven ability to collaborate and build strong relationships with stakeholders and other HSE teams to promote the desired culture and achieve team objectives.  
  • Proven ability to interpret legislation and regulatory standards to proactively identify problems and appropriately respond to issue and exposure to HSE hazard management.  Prior experience in using this knowledge to contribute to clear advice and implementation of a consistent HSE message across the organisation.
  • A working history of understanding goals and targets, taking accountability and delivering on commitments and producing results.  
  • Experience participating in the ongoing knowledge transfer across HSE teams and providing support to other team members through fostering open communication and being a proactive and positive team contributor. 

For full details about this role, please review the Position Description.


Applications for this position are open to Australian Citizens, New Zealand Citizens and Australian Permanent Residents only.

Appointment to this role is subject to provision of a national police check and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. 

Diversity and Inclusion

We are working hard to recruit people representing the diversity across our society, and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish. 


At CSIRO Australia's national science agency, we solve the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology. We put the safety and wellbeing of our people above all else and earn trust everywhere because we only deal in facts. We collaborate widely and generously and deliver solutions with real impact. 

Join us and start creating tomorrow today!

How to Apply

Please apply on-line and provide a cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role.

Applications Close

8 June 2022, 11:00pm AEDT

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