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Catholic schools have been delivering excellence in education to Sydney school students for 200 years. Sydney Catholic Schools (SCS) continues to be a thriving and growing contemporary educational community with over 150 schools, more than 71,000 current students, 10,000 staff and a large alumni community.

About the role

Reporting to the Manager: Safety and Staff Wellbeing , the WHS Manager is responsible for developing and implementing a culture of accountability for health and safety across Sydney Catholic Schools (“SCS”) by ensuring ongoing compliance with WHS legislation and safe work practices. This role also leads a team of WHS Advisers who provide professional advice, assistance, operational support and case management to SCS internal departments and schools on a wide range of WHS matters. The role will assist the Manager: Safety and Staff Wellbeing in driving a workplace culture that is focused on improving perspectives about health and safety and ultimately achieving a zero harm environment.

Some of the major accountabilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • undertake high-level/complex case management in accordance with legislative requirements and SCS policies in order to achieve outcomes that are both industrially sound and operationally practical
  • supervise, monitor and assist WHS Advisers in the conduct of workplace audits to ensure the development of clear and concise audit reports which outline hazards, areas for improvement, remediation plans and the completion of risk assessments
  • provide high level advice to managers, supervisors and school leaders, ensuring they are supported and able to fulfil their WHS responsibilities
  • provide leadership and direction to WHS Advisers in developing a culture of safety across SCS
  • monitor team performance against the People and Culture strategic and operational plans
  • develop, implement and monitor key performance indicators for WHS Advisers
  • assist in forecasting, monitoring and managing a budget for the WHS team
  • monitor SCS WHS and risk management systems for continuous improvement by seeking feedback from Managers, Supervisors and WHS Advisers and collaborating with the Specialist: WHS Systems to implement changes
  • monitor the central tracking, reporting and management of hazards, near misses, incidents and injuries, through the use of internal software (PeopleSoft) and risk management systems, provide relevant reports to the WHS Committee, Leadership Team and other stakeholders within the organisation
  • facilitate the planning, development, implementation and review of WHS policies, procedures, practices and programs to ensure compliance with legislation, regulations and guidelines
  • experience leading a team of staff and mentoring stakeholders. 

About you

The successful candidate will possess the following:

  • tertiary qualification/s in Work, Health and Safety, Health, Risk Management, Injury Management or other relevant fields with at least five years post-qualified experience
  • comprehensive understanding of WHS legislation, regulations and guidelines
  • extensive experience in leading transformational culture change with a geographically dispersed workforce
  • extensive experience leading a team of WHS professionals
  • demonstrated experience in the development, implementation and monitoring of WHS policies and procedures across a system or large organisation
  • sound experience in the interpretation of WHS legislation and its implementation across WHS management systems to ensure organisational compliance.


  • demonstrated understanding of working in a Catholic, not-for-profit or public-sector organisation
  • demonstrated experience in the Education Sector and a current Driver’s Licence.

What We Offer

  • flexible working arrangements/hybrid workplace  
  • offering a salary of $161,643 + Super and salary packaging
  • competitive remuneration with on-going training and support
  • the ability to build your career in a multi-disciplined business environment
  • a supportive team committed to professional excellence and work life balance.

Application Process

To apply for this position please click ‘apply now’ and follow the prompts. 

To support your application, you will be required to provide:

  • current resume
  • cover letter addressing the value your experience and qualifications could add to this role specific to the essential criteria.

Closing date: Tuesday, 16 August 2022

General Enquiries: For more information about this role or any general enquiries please contact Jai Pradhan, Recruitment Partner  via email at hr.recruitment@syd.catholic.edu.au 

If you encounter technical issues please contact the People & Culture Services team on (02) 9568 8297 (Mon-Fri).

Working With Children Check (WWCC)

This role is classified as child-related work and therefore requires a WWCC clearance prior to commencement of employment.

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