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Director Major Hazard Facilities,
Chief Advisor Major Hazard Facilities within Specialised Health and safety Services, Office of Industrial Relations

About Office of Industrial Relations (OIR)
We offer a range of policy, advisory, compliance and specialist technical services and initiatives including:
  • targeted initiatives that engage with workers, business and the community to build safe and fair workplaces
  • ensuring compliance with work health and safety, electrical safety, industrial relations and workers’ compensation regulatory frameworks and taking any necessary enforcement action
  • managing registration, licensing, certification and accreditation regimes for workplace and electrical safety.

OIR has more than 900 staff in Brisbane, Bundaberg, Cairns, Gladstone, Innisfail, Ipswich, Logan, Mackay, Maroochydore, Maryborough, Robina, Rockhampton, Roma, Toowoomba and Townsville.

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Major Hazard Facility Unit, Specialised Health and Safety Services directorate

The Specialised Health and Safety Services purpose is to bring together a collective of professionals with specialised knowledge and skills to lead and apply our expertise towards the effective management of complex hazards and risk. We strive to achieve optimal health, safety and well-being outcomes for individuals and businesses.

Through our specialised approach, we are committed to mitigating risks, ensuring healthy and safe working environments and promoting overall wellbeing.

We provide specialist oversight for complex work-related hazards, health, safety and wellbeing current and emerging issues across Queensland using evidence-based practice and a systems-based approach.

This includes:

  • leading and supporting the design, management and implementation of harm reduction strategies
  • development and provision of technical advice, support, resources, training and mentoring for OIR staff and external stakeholders
  • partnering/liaising with internal and external stakeholders to define and implement best practices, what is reasonably practicable and what compliance looks like
  • contributing to policy development
  • administering specialist regulatory licencing, notifications and authorisations
  • provision of safety advice under state planning legislation
  • undertaking and supporting research.

This unit comprises eight safety advisors performing specialist technical roles and one supporting administrative role. The primary purpose of the unit is to reduce the risk of harm to workers and the public associated with the processing, handling and storage of bulk hazardous chemicals at facilities regulated under Chapter 9 of the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011.

The Major Hazard Facilities (MHF) Unit achieves this through the licensing and inspection of major hazard facilities, safety in design reviews and site location analysis of referred planning applications for hazardous chemical facilities and planning scheme reviews. The unit also monitors pipeline safety where pipelines cross into publicly accessible land.

The current positions available within the unit include:

  • Director Major Hazard Facilities
  • Chief Advisor Major Hazard Facilities (EP06)

Director Major Hazard Facilities

This is your opportunity to contribute to the safety and wellbeing of Queenslanders by leading the Major Hazard Facilities Division within the Specialised Health & Safety Services (SHSS) directorate of the Office of Industrial Relations.  

The primary purpose of this critical role is to reduce the risk of harm associated with the processing, handling and storage of bulk hazardous chemicals, as outlined in Chapter 9 of the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011. To achieve this, you will lead a team of specialised safety advisors (engineers and scientists) in the MHF Unit, responsible for the regulation of major hazard facilities and potential major hazard facilities. The advisors analyse, assess and audit facilities through a licensing and safety case framework to minimise the potential for a major incident to occur. As Director, your primary responsibility will be to lead, manage and support the MHF unit, and ensure the responses to planning applications for hazardous chemical facilities throughout Queensland, are facilitated and managed. 

In addition to leadership, collaboration and wide stakeholder engagement will also be essential to the success of this role. Within the Department, this involves contributing to the SHSS directorate in developing key system tools, governance and actively contributing to chemical safety matters and investigations. Across other government agencies, active collaboration will be essential to ensure risk reduction of major incidents and adequate planning for responses to chemical incidents in Queensland.

Key responsibilities include

  • Act as the delegate of the regulator under Chapter 9 of the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011, authorising major hazard facilities and administering the regulations.
  • Provide expert direction, guidance, and leadership in managing the oversight of major hazard facilities to minimise the risk of major incidents in Queensland.
  • Provide expert knowledge to industry and the community through information, advice and measures to meet the duties related to major hazard facilities under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011.
  • Provide expert advice to senior departmental leadership and the Minister, concerning trends, potential risks and emerging matters related to major hazard facilities and hazardous chemical facilities.
  • Represent the department in a variety of high-level forums and advocate on issues relating to major hazard facilities.
  • Establish networks and liaise with senior officers both internally and externally to achieve chemical safety outcomes for the Queensland public and workers.
  • Liaise and cooperate with other Queensland Government agencies with responsibility for the safe storage and handling of hazardous chemicals and green energy.
  • Provide expert advice to the State Assessment Referral Agency on behalf of OIR and in accordance with the applicable service level agreement relating to hazardous chemical facilities.
  • Liaise with similar regulatory authorities in other jurisdictions, with Safe Work Australia and Heads of Workplace Safety Authorities (HWSA) community of practice forums in relation to the regulation of major hazard facilities.
  • Lead, coordinate and monitor the services provided by the MHF Unit ensuring they are aligned with the strategic objectives of the Office of Industrial Relations.
  • Manage governance, human resources, finance, and physical resources as required for the unit.

About you

It is essential that you are tertiary qualified (minimum degree level) in chemical engineering or chemistry and eligible for relevant professional association membership.  It is also preferred that you possess a minimum of 10 years work experience in the chemicals industry or safety regulation of chemical facilities along with post-graduate qualifications in chemical engineering or chemistry disciplines.

To be successful in this role, you must be a strategic thinker with demonstrated expertise in chemical / engineering principles and practices related to high level hazardous chemical regulatory management. You should have a track record of delivering successful interventions to improve safety in hazardous chemical industries as well as implementation of complex initiatives and/or reforms regarding hazardous chemical management across multiple hazardous chemical industries within time and cost constraints. You have proven leadership capability, exceptional communication and interpersonal skills and demonstrated knowledge of safety legislation, standards and best practice principles.

This pivotal leadership role represents an opportunity to make a real impact to Queensland’s safety landscape within Major Hazard Facilities and offers a rewarding and exciting career path within the Queensland Public Sector.

How to apply

To be considered, please submit your resume and cover letter (Word format) by selecting the “apply now” function. 

Applications close: 1 March 2024.

Chief Advisor Major Hazard Facilities (EP06)

Contribute to a safer Queensland as a Chief Advisor Major Hazard Facilities.  

This role sits within the Major Hazard Facilities (MHF) unit within the Specialised Health & Safety Services (SHSS) directorate of the Office of Industrial Relations and represents your opportunity to join the Queensland Public Sector.   

The primary purpose of the MHF unit is to reduce the risk of harm to workers and the public associated with the processing, handling and storage of bulk hazardous chemicals at facilities regulated under Chapter 9 of the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011. 

Reporting to the Director, Major Hazard Facility, the Chief Advisor Major Hazard Facilities will lead multidisciplinary teams with a diverse remit including: development of bespoke audit verifications; safety case audits and provision of licensing recommendations to the regulator;  development and implementation of license management plans throughout the license period of a Major Hazard Facility; leading and participating in policy, procedure and training related to hazardous chemicals as well as active collaboration across government agencies. To achieve the objectives of this role, some travel will be required to provide appropriate facility inspections.

Key responsibilities include

  • Assess major hazard facility license applications and prepare licensing recommendation and conditions for the regulator’s decision on the application.
  • Provide specialist advice and service to industry and operators of MHFs on hazard identification, safety assessments, safety management system implementation, emergency plans and safety cases in fulfilment of their obligations under Chapter 9 of the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011.  
  • Lead, coordinate and participate in whole-of-government teams that plan, prepare, and conduct safety audits of major hazard facilities and occasionally other complex facilities holding hazardous chemicals.
  • Provide technical information, advice and interpretation on hazardous chemicals storage and handling, especially on the application of sound engineering principles, relevant Australian Standards and other good industry practice to reduce the risk so far as reasonably practicable (SFARP).
  • Investigate and provide specialist advice for the assessment of major incidents, near misses and complaints, including the agency response to community sensitive events involving hazardous chemicals. 
  • Provide specialist advice to local authorities and State Government agencies on the siting of Hazardous Chemical Facilities and appropriate land use surrounding Hazardous Chemical Facilities.
  • Assist in the development and implementation of programs and policies for the regulation of major hazard facilities under the Work Health and Safety Act and Regulation 2011.
  • Participate in the development and delivery of guidance material and training programs on the regulatory, administrative and technical requirements of hazardous chemicals storage and handling.

About you

It is essential that you have industry experience or regulatory work in managing hazardous chemicals along with an undergraduate degree and/or postgraduate qualification in Chemical Engineering/Engineering, Applied Science, Science or related field (including the completion of at least one year of chemistry).   Successful applicants must have a current driver’s license. 

Experience working with safety management systems at a hazardous chemical facility is also highly regarded.  

To succeed in this role, you should be able to demonstrate:

  • Your understanding of safety-in-operations of facilities that store, handle and/or manufacture hazardous chemicals, including auditing safety systems with reference against the Work Health and Safety Act and Regulation 2011 or similar safety frameworks. 
  • Your analytical skills to analyse safety activity data and formulate effective recommendations for implementation. 
  • Your leadership acumen and planning to prioritise various interests in a complex working environment to achieve results.
  • Your exceptional capability to influence and communicate complex scientific priorities in both written and verbal formats to achieve regulatory safety outcomes.
  • Your ability to cultivate productive working relationships within teams and across the Department to lead or assist in a range of complex and long-term operations to achieve outcomes.

This is your opportunity to take on a challenging and highly rewarding role within the Queensland Government and to enjoy the many benefits of being an employee of the Queensland Public Sector.   

How to apply

To be considered, please submit your resume and cover letter (Word format) by selecting the “apply now” function. 

Applications close: 1 March 2024.

Director Major Hazard Facilities

This is your opportunity to contribute to the safety and wellbeing of Queenslanders by leading the Major Hazard Facilities Division within the Specialised Health & Safety Services (SHSS) directorate of the Office of Industrial Relations.  

The primary purpose of this critical role is to reduce the risk of harm associated with the processing, handling and storage of bulk hazardous chemicals, as outlined in Chapter 9 of the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011. To achieve this, you will lead a team of specialised safety advisors (engineers and scientists) in the MHF Unit, responsible for the regulation of major hazard facilities and potential major hazard facilities. The advisors analyse, assess and audit facilities through a licensing and safety case framework to minimise the potential for a major incident to occur. As Director, your primary responsibility will be to lead, manage and support the MHF unit, and ensure the responses to planning applications for hazardous chemical facilities throughout Queensland, are facilitated and managed. 

In addition to leadership, collaboration and wide stakeholder engagement will also be essential to the success of this role. Within the Department, this involves contributing to the SHSS directorate in developing key system tools, governance and actively contributing to chemical safety matters and investigations. Across other government agencies, active collaboration will be essential to ensure risk reduction of major incidents and adequate planning for responses to chemical incidents in Queensland.

Key responsibilities include

  • Act as the delegate of the regulator under Chapter 9 of the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011, authorising major hazard facilities and administering the regulations.
  • Provide expert direction, guidance, and leadership in managing the oversight of major hazard facilities to minimise the risk of major incidents in Queensland.
  • Provide expert knowledge to industry and the community through information, advice and measures to meet the duties related to major hazard facilities under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011.
  • Provide expert advice to senior departmental leadership and the Minister, concerning trends, potential risks and emerging matters related to major hazard facilities and hazardous chemical facilities.
  • Represent the department in a variety of high-level forums and advocate on issues relating to major hazard facilities.
  • Establish networks and liaise with senior officers both internally and externally to achieve chemical safety outcomes for the Queensland public and workers.
  • Liaise and cooperate with other Queensland Government agencies with responsibility for the safe storage and handling of hazardous chemicals and green energy.
  • Provide expert advice to the State Assessment Referral Agency on behalf of OIR and in accordance with the applicable service level agreement relating to hazardous chemical facilities.
  • Liaise with similar regulatory authorities in other jurisdictions, with Safe Work Australia and Heads of Workplace Safety Authorities (HWSA) community of practice forums in relation to the regulation of major hazard facilities.
  • Lead, coordinate and monitor the services provided by the MHF Unit ensuring they are aligned with the strategic objectives of the Office of Industrial Relations.
  • Manage governance, human resources, finance, and physical resources as required for the unit.

About you

It is essential that you are tertiary qualified (minimum degree level) in chemical engineering or chemistry and eligible for relevant professional association membership.  It is also preferred that you possess a minimum of 10 years work experience in the chemicals industry or safety regulation of chemical facilities along with post-graduate qualifications in chemical engineering or chemistry disciplines.

To be successful in this role, you must be a strategic thinker with demonstrated expertise in chemical / engineering principles and practices related to high level hazardous chemical regulatory management. You should have a track record of delivering successful interventions to improve safety in hazardous chemical industries as well as implementation of complex initiatives and/or reforms regarding hazardous chemical management across multiple hazardous chemical industries within time and cost constraints. You have proven leadership capability, exceptional communication and interpersonal skills and demonstrated knowledge of safety legislation, standards and best practice principles.

This pivotal leadership role represents an opportunity to make a real impact to Queensland’s safety landscape within Major Hazard Facilities and offers a rewarding and exciting career path within the Queensland Public Sector.

How to apply

To be considered, please submit your resume and cover letter (Word format) by selecting the “apply now” function. 

Applications close: 1 March 2024.

Chief Advisor Major Hazard Facilities (EP06)

Contribute to a safer Queensland as a Chief Advisor Major Hazard Facilities.  

This role sits within the Major Hazard Facilities (MHF) unit within the Specialised Health & Safety Services (SHSS) directorate of the Office of Industrial Relations and represents your opportunity to join the Queensland Public Sector.   

The primary purpose of the MHF unit is to reduce the risk of harm to workers and the public associated with the processing, handling and storage of bulk hazardous chemicals at facilities regulated under Chapter 9 of the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011. 

Reporting to the Director, Major Hazard Facility, the Chief Advisor Major Hazard Facilities will lead multidisciplinary teams with a diverse remit including: development of bespoke audit verifications; safety case audits and provision of licensing recommendations to the regulator; development and implementation of license management plans throughout the license period of a Major Hazard Facility; leading and participating in policy, procedure and training related to hazardous chemicals as well as active collaboration across government agencies. To achieve the objectives of this role, some travel will be required to provide appropriate facility inspections.

Key responsibilities include

  • Assess major hazard facility license applications and prepare licensing recommendation and conditions for the regulator’s decision on the application.
  • Provide specialist advice and service to industry and operators of MHFs on hazard identification, safety assessments, safety management system implementation, emergency plans and safety cases in fulfilment of their obligations under Chapter 9 of the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011.  
  • Lead, coordinate and participate in whole-of-government teams that plan, prepare, and conduct safety audits of major hazard facilities and occasionally other complex facilities holding hazardous chemicals.
  • Provide technical information, advice and interpretation on hazardous chemicals storage and handling, especially on the application of sound engineering principles, relevant Australian Standards and other good industry practice to reduce the risk so far as reasonably practicable (SFARP).
  • Investigate and provide specialist advice for the assessment of major incidents, near misses and complaints, including the agency response to community sensitive events involving hazardous chemicals. 
  • Provide specialist advice to local authorities and State Government agencies on the siting of Hazardous Chemical Facilities and appropriate land use surrounding Hazardous Chemical Facilities.
  • Assist in the development and implementation of programs and policies for the regulation of major hazard facilities under the Work Health and Safety Act and Regulation 2011.
  • Participate in the development and delivery of guidance material and training programs on the regulatory, administrative and technical requirements of hazardous chemicals storage and handling.

About you

It is essential that you have industry experience or regulatory work in managing hazardous chemicals along with an undergraduate degree and/or postgraduate qualification in Chemical Engineering/Engineering, Applied Science, Science or related field (including the completion of at least one year of chemistry). Successful applicants must have a current driver’s license. 

Experience working with safety management systems at a hazardous chemical facility is also highly regarded.  

To succeed in this role, you should be able to demonstrate:

  • Your understanding of safety-in-operations of facilities that store, handle and/or manufacture hazardous chemicals, including auditing safety systems with reference against the Work Health and Safety Act and Regulation 2011 or similar safety frameworks. 
  • Your analytical skills to analyse safety activity data and formulate effective recommendations for implementation. 
  • Your leadership acumen and planning to prioritise various interests in a complex working environment to achieve results.
  • Your exceptional capability to influence and communicate complex scientific priorities in both written and verbal formats to achieve regulatory safety outcomes.
  • Your ability to cultivate productive working relationships within teams and across the Department to lead or assist in a range of complex and long-term operations to achieve outcomes.

This is your opportunity to take on a challenging and highly rewarding role within the Queensland Government and to enjoy the many benefits of being an employee of the Queensland Public Sector.   

How to apply

To be considered, please submit your resume and cover letter (Word format) by selecting the “apply now” function. 

Applications close: 1 March 2024.

Please contact Donna Bliss on (07) 3305 5818 or Jessica Dixon-Banfield on (07) 3305 5838 for an immediate and confidential discussion about this opportunity and how to apply.

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