First listed on: 26 May 2023

Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) Advisor - SKA-Low Telescope


Acknowledgement of Country

CSIRO acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land, sea and waters, of the area that we live and work on across Australia. We acknowledge their continuing connection to their culture and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. View our vision towards reconciliation

The Opportunity

The SKA Observatory (SKAO) is a next-generation radio astronomy facility that will revolutionise our understanding of the Universe and the laws of fundamental physics. Enabled by cutting-edge technology, it promises to have a major impact on society, in science and beyond.

In Australia, the SKAO is collaborating with CSIRO to operate and support the construction of the low frequency telescope (SKA-Low) in remote Western Australia on Wajarri Yamaji Country.

The Traditional Owners and native title holders, the Wajarri Yamaji, have gifted CSIRO with the traditional name Inyarrimanha Ilgari Bundara for the CSIRO Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory, home to the SKA-Low telescope. The traditional name means ‘sharing sky and stars’ in the Wajarri language.

The Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) Advisor will be part of the SKA-Low (SKAO) Project Team based at our Engineering Operations Centre on Nhanhangardi, Naaguja, Wilynyu and Amangu Country in Geraldton. This role will require regular travel to site. Initially travel will be Monday to Friday, and as construction ramps up it will transition to a working roster to allow for operational coverage of on-site staff. 

The HSE Advisor will use a collaborative style for cultivating effective relationships with our people, contractors and other stakeholders. The HSE Advisor will have experience in providing field HSE leadership, be able to anticipate problems and provide solutions for changing circumstances, whilst managing priorities to service the needs of multiple work-fronts.

Your duties will include:

  • Coordinate the implementation of SKAO project HSE plans and procedures
  • Coordinate with SKAO site project leaders in ensuring SKAO site activities are aligned with project HSE plans
  • Be visible across SKAO project sites, building and maintaining relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Perform and review risk assessments, and make recommendations for reducing risk exposure
  • Lead integrated teams training exercises to test the effectiveness of site Emergency Response Plans
  • Accurately maintain records of inspections, assurance, training, and other activities

Location: Geraldton, Western Australia
Salary: AU$105,806 - AU$114,500 plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Indefinite - Full-Time, Part-Time or Job-Share
Reference: 91581

To be considered you will need:


  • Diploma of Occupational Health and Safety
  • Ability to coordinate Emergency Response training exercises
  • 3 years site-based construction experience
  • C Class Driver’s License
  • Intermediate skills Microsoft site


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Health and Safety or equivalent
  • Certificate in Public Safety (Emergency Management)
  • Experience in leading Audits and Assurance activities
  • ISO Lead Audito

CSIRO is an Equal Opportunity employer working hard to recruit world-class talent that represents the diversity across our society. As part of our commitment to equitable employment outcomes for under-represented groups, preference will be given to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who meet the role criteria. CSIRO conscious inclusion practices are intended to constitute a special/equal opportunity/affirmative measure under section 8(1) of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth).

For full details about this role please review the Position Description


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

CSIRO and the SKA Observatory value and respect difference, and we are committed to building an inclusive culture by creating an environment where you can balance a successful career with your commitments and interests outside of work. We believe that you will do your best at work if you have a work / life balance. We are open to discussing flexible working opportunities with this role being offered on a full-time, part-time or job share basis. Please raise your preference in your application.

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. 


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How to Apply

To apply for this role, please apply on-line providing your CV, and a Cover Letter clearly addressing the essential criteria of this role and your motivation for applying. Under CSIRO policy, only those who are able to demonstrate how they can meet the essential criteria may be appointed.

Applications Close

This role will remain open until the position is filled. CSIRO reserve the right to close the advertisement at any time. 

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