Principal Inspector

Department of Mines, Industry, Regulations and Safety

Location: Perth

Job Type: Full time


Want to make an impact doing work you can be proud of in a supportive team environment?

We are looking for experienced inspectors to lead the team within Worksafe Petroleum Safety and Dangerous Goods Directorate, within the Worksafe Petroleum Safety Team. The role is based in our East Perth office.

Remuneration package of up to $174,151 per annum*

*Remuneration is based on salary $130,692 - $139,705, superannuation and attraction and retention incentive (ARI) payments (of $20,476) and leave loading. ARI payments are subject to periodic review and approval. The ARI payment is set to expire on 5 February 2024. Extension of the ARI payment beyond that term is subject to further government decision.

About us

At the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS), we pride ourselves on creating a supportive, inclusive and innovative environment that allows our people to contribute, develop and thrive to reach their full potential.

We offer a diverse range of extraordinary career opportunities across the Department, all focusing on supporting a safe, fair and responsible future for the Western Australian community, industry and resources sector.

Within the WorkSafe Group, the WorkSafe Petroleum Safety and Dangerous Goods Directorate administers legislation covering dangerous goods, explosives, major hazard facilities, petroleum operations (both onshore and offshore) and geothermal operations.

This includes the regulation of –

  • The manufacturing, storage, handling, transport and use of dangerous goods and explosives
  • Process safety on major hazard facilities, and
  • Process and occupational safety and health at petroleum operations and geothermal energy activities

The Directorate supports legislative change arising from the national harmonisation of safety legislation and facilitates a risk-based approach across dangerous goods, explosives, petroleum and major hazards facilities.

To learn more about the Department and what we have to offer, please visit our website.

The position

This role sits in the Petroleum Safety team within the Worksafe Petroleum Safety and Dangerous Goods directorate. In this role, you will regulate the process and workforce safety of the oil and gas industry across the state of WA, and administering work health and safety legislation applicable to Petroleum and Geothermal Operations, and Petroleum Safety Levies legislation.

You will have experience in a senior safety, risk management or audit role within the resources industry. You will have lead or undertaken complex audit/inspection programs, including but not limited to performance monitoring for compliance with applicable legislation, incident reporting, plant performance and continuous improvement strategies, including technically complex accidents and incidents. You will also possess a Bachelor of Engineering or Science in a petroleum, chemical, process or electrical discipline or other approved Bachelor degree relevant to the resources industry.

You will possess extensive leadership, project management and problem solving skills, and possess a proven track record of championing safety reform, continuous improvement and change management. In addition you will have experience in developing and mentoring people, and motivating teams¬¬ through cultural change.

You will be able to demonstrate your ability to listen, understand and adapt to various communication styles and messages to suit a range of audiences including the ability to negotiate effectively and convey information and structures via written and oral communication will be the key to your success in this role.

The position will be based in metro Perth but you will be required to travel within the State to visit other sites as required.

This position is located in 1 Adelaide Terrace. conveniently close to public transport and nearby City of Perth parking. Whether it’s enjoying the tranquil Queens Gardens or the riverside foreshore, you’ll be spoilt for choice. You will also enjoy onsite lifestyle facilities, including bike lockers, fully equipped change rooms, personal lockers and gym.

Need further info?

Click on the Job Description Form (JDF) below or contact Marianne Amato, Manager Critical Risks on (08) 9358 8190.

What are we looking for?

To undertake this role you must have a Bachelor of Engineering or Science in a petroleum, chemical, process or electrical discipline or other approved Bachelor degree relevant to the resources industry.

To be considered further, please submit a detailed CV and covering letter (of no more than 2 pages) addressing the following;

  • Significant experience in petrochemical, oil and gas and/or industrial chemical technologies in a range of technical or regulatory positions, including technical or regulatory leadership position(s).
  • Extensive experience in process safety and/or control systems as well as technical risk management including conduct of inspections or audits of systems for safety compliance including the management of the safety inspection/audit regime.
  • Qualifications or training in process risk management including hazard identification, risk analysis and control measures or a related discipline would be highly regarded.
  • Experience and skills in investigations of technically complex issues as well as management of emerging issues, changes and projects.

Ready to join our team?

Click ‘Apply for job’ below, complete the online application form and attach documentation as requested above in the “what are we looking for?” section.

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We have also prepared an Applicant Information Pack attached below. You can also contact Uma Maregouni, Senior Human Resources officer on (08) 9222 3129 or email for information about employment conditions and the application process.

All requirements, capabilities and pre-employment checks listed on the attached JDF will be assessed as part of the selection process.

Other benefits

  • Great work/life balance through flexible working arrangements and leave options.
  • Opportunities for professional development.
  • An award-winning Health and Wellbeing program.
  • Salary packaging options.

Supporting a diverse workforce

The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) is committed to creating and maintaining a diverse workforce that reflects the community we serve and inclusive culture where all employees feel valued, respected and connected. Our workforce's diversity is our strength; it enhances our ability to be forward-thinking and responsive in the services we deliver to the Western Australian community.

Suitable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disability and youth may be given priority consideration over non diversity group applicants to achieve public sector outcomes. People with disability will be provided with reasonable adjustments in our recruitment processes and in the workplace.

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Whilst this selection process will initially be used to fill the above vacancy, it may also be used to fill other "similar" vacancies for appointment (permanent, fixed-term, full-time or part-time) throughout the department for the next twelve (12) months.

CLOSING DATE: 4.00 pm on Thursday 15 June 2023 (WST)

Your application submission must be complete by the closing time; applications that are in progress or submitted after this time will not be accepted. It is your responsibility to ensure your application is submitted on time.

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