Senior Advisor (WHS - SES Uplift) Projects and Capability Development

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services

Location: Kedron

Job Type: Contract/temp


Queensland Fire and Emergency Services

One QFES. Many Services, Many Capabilities, Many Partners


Temporary Full-time

Tenure Period:

Asap until 30 June 2023

Possibility of Extension:





$4,062.10 - $4,337.70 per fortnight


State Emergency Service



Work Unit:




Closing Date:

Midnight 3rd February 2023

Reference No:


Current QFES employees and volunteers must apply via their internal careers site

About us

As a department our purpose is to help the community to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from the impact of fire and emergency events.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) is the primary provider of fire, rescue and emergency management programs and services throughout Queensland. The department encompasses the Fire and Rescue Service, disaster management services, the Rural Fire Service and the State Emergency Service, and also supports other volunteer groups providing emergency response to Queenslanders.

QFES is one department with many services, many capabilities and many partners.

Purpose of the role

SES Project and Capability Development delivers on the QFES organisational priorities and objectives, providing management of SES governance and capability functions, and implementation of new projects and initiatives. This is achieved through the provision of business support to SES Regions and volunteers, delivering on the QFES Commissioner's responsibilities as described in the Fire and Emergency Services Act 1990, Division 2, section 131 (a), (b), (c) (ii).

Reporting to the Executive Manager, Projects and Capability Development you will work closely with SES senior management, staff, volunteers and external stakeholders to ensure and promote positive health, safety and wellbeing outcomes. You will be responsible for contributing to the development and implementation of workplace health and safety strategies, initiatives, policies, procedures and control measures. You will provide advice and consult on health, safety and wellbeing programs and initiatives; and will lead or coach, and mentor on topics such as risk assessments, investigations, audits, inspections and systems reviews, including monitoring data sources and effectiveness of control measures to ensure SES workplaces meet their obligations including preventing, preparing for, responding to and supporting recovery from the impact of emergency events.

Key requirements

Highly desirable requirements

  • Certificate IV or higher in Workplace Health and Safety.
  • Qualifications and/or experience in workplace investigation, auditing and/or safety management system design and operation.

Special requirements

  • The incumbent will be appointed as a staff member of the State Emergency Service. The hours of duty applicable to this role are pursuant to the Queensland Public Service Officers and Other Employees Award – State 2015: specifically, the spread of ordinary hours for SES staff are 0600 to 2200, Monday to Sunday.
  • Capacity to work on night and weekend to suit an SES volunteer environment.
  • It is expected the incumbent will participate in an out-of-hours on-call roster during emergency operations. This may require work outside of normal hours (e.g. night shift), including weekends, working extended hours and may include travel to rural and remote communities, intrastate or interstate travel as necessary and/or deployment activities to other parts of the state.

Your key accountabilities

Your part in the ongoing success of our department, in supporting frontline services will see you responsible for a variety of work, including, but not limited to:

  • Plan, formulate, develop, implement and monitor workplace health and safety management systems and performance standards which establish compliance with the relevant legislation.
  • Contribute to the research, design, development, implementation, and evaluation of policies, practices and guidelines to support the health, safety and wellbeing framework.
  • Provide authoritative advice to management and staff to enhance understanding of responsibilities and improve health, safety and wellbeing outcomes for SES.
  • Develop and conduct presentations, including the design and implementation of educational strategies to ensure information is shared and appropriate training programs are delivered.
  • Prepare and review of reports, briefs, submissions and correspondence relating to health, safety and wellbeing issues and initiatives, in accordance with departmental requirements.
  • Manage projects and develop innovative strategies to address emerging health, safety and wellbeing issues and improve the effectiveness of health and safety practices.
  • Participate in multidisciplinary teams, and liaise and negotiate with internal and external stakeholders, including the safety and wellbeing consultative network to promote and build a positive safety culture across the organisation.
  • Conduct incident and accident investigations and safety audits including identifying risks and provide recommendations and reports to ensure SES workplaces meet their legislative and regulatory obligations.


To determine your suitability for the role, you will be assessed on the following Leadership Competencies for Queensland behavioural profiles that link to the “key accountabilities” for this role:

Leadership Competency Stream – Individual Contributor (leading self)


  • Leads change in complex environments
  • Makes insightful decisions


  • Builds enduring relationships
  • Drive accountability and outcomes


  • Fosters healthy and inclusive workplaces
  • Demonstrates sound governance

Once you join us we will want you to exemplify the QFES shared values:

  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Trust
  • Courage
  • Loyalty

Want more information?

Please contact Janine McKay, Program Coordinator, Uplift Program on phone 3635 3346 or email

You can also visit our website to find out more about our organisation.

How to apply

Please refer to the QFES Public Service Application Guide [All PS Classifications/Streams and Senior Officer] for information on how to apply for this role.

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