First listed on: 22 September 2023

HSE Advisor - SKA-Low Telescope


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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.

Reporting to the HSE Manager, the HSE Advisor will be part of the SKA-Low (SKAO) Project Team based at the Engineering Operations Centre (EOC) three days a fortnight with site travel to occur every second week.

This role 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 support, be able to anticipate problems and provide solutions for changing circumstances, whilst managing priorities to service the needs of multiple work-fronts. Using a hands-on approach, the HSE Advisor will choose appropriate strategies for empowering all staff and contractors to work to a high HSE standard.

Your duties will include:

  • Support the implementation of SKAO project HSE plans and procedures.
  • Support the SKAO site project leaders in ensuring SKAO site activities are aligned with project HSE plans.
  • Establish forums and lines of communication to inform and update SKAO site leaders on project HSE matters.
  • Acquire a deep understanding of the respective business HSE risk profile and design and implement impactful HSE improvement initiatives.
  • 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.

Location:  Geraldton, Western Australia
Salary: AU$89,680 - AU$101,459 plus up to 15.4% superannuation plus Overtime and Site Allowances
Tenure: Indefinite – Full-Time, Part-Time or Job-Share
Reference:  94147

To be considered you will need:


  • Qualification in Occupational Health and Safety and site-based experience in a Health and Safety role.
  • Ability to coordinate Emergency Response training exercises.
  • C Class Driver’s License.
  • Intermediate skills Microsoft site.


  • Degree in Occupational Health and Safety or equivalent or willingness to undertake higher training as part of your ongoing professional development.
  • Certificate in Public Safety (Emergency Management).
  • Experience working in remote locations.
  • Experience working with construction teams.

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. 


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. 

CSIRO is committed to values-based leadership to inspire performance and unlock the potential of our people.

CSIRO is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people involved in our activities and programs, whether we are undertaking research, engaging with the public or nurturing future scientists in person or online. Source – CSIRO Child Safe policy 2023

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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 filled. CSIRO reserve the right to close the job at any time during the advertising period. CSIRO also reserve the right to begin shortlisting and interviews at any time during the advertising period. 

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