Senior Workplace Relations Specialist


Location: Melbourne

Job Type: Contract/temp, Full time


Senior Workplace Relations Specialist

(Fixed-term, Full Time)

Under the guidance of the Director - Workplace Relations and the Manager - Workplace Relations, the Senior Workplace Relations Specialist is responsible for providing accurate, effective, and timely workplace relations and human resources advice to managers and employees across the organisation.

Want a corporate career combined with lifestyle? V/Line takes you there! With over 2,500 employees, locations throughout Melbourne and Regional Victoria and a true commitment to workplace flexibility, have your dream career and the lifestyle you want. We can get you there with free myki travel.

About the opportunity

V/Line’s Workplace Relations Team is seeking a skilled, progressive Senior Workplace Relations Specialist to join the team for a full-time, fixed-term tenure during a time of significant rail industry reform.

V/Line is enterprise bargaining in 2023. This role presents the opportunity to be at the negotiation table to engage with the Rail, Tram, and Bus Union (RTBU), and others, in relation to an exciting industrial reform agenda.

If you are an IR or employment professional, this is the perfect opportunity to enhance your portfolio and expand your skillset, by undertaking important work at a critical time for V/Line.

About the role

  • Responsible for resolving employee issues, including conducting workplace investigations, and handling grievances, claims, & disciplinary action.
  • Provide advice on all aspects of workplace relations policies and procedures, counselling, disciplinary processes, employment contracts, and enterprise bargaining agreements to managers across the organisation and the People Services team.
  • Maintain accurate records, including reviewing, and developing Employee Relations policies and procedures, as well as preparing carefully drafted documentation.
  • Provide interpretations of legislation, case law, employment contracts, enterprise agreements, and awards.
  • Prepare of reports and correspondence to management related to people management and workplace relations.
  • Provide interpretations of awards, contracts, and other instruments relating to industrial affairs.
  • Participate in enterprise bargaining, employee consultations, and other industrial activities.
  • Assist the broader People team with projects or initiatives, as needed.
  • Resolve disputes, including advocacy and handling matters before the Fair Work Commission.
  • Ensure constructive communications are maintained with relevant unions and stakeholders.

About you

  • A minimum of 3-5 years' experience in a law firm or industrial relations consultancy, or 5-10 years' experience conducting investigations and managing employee relations issues within an internal role is required.
  • Experience and qualifications in employee/industrial relations or employment law are highly desirable.
  • Established track record of investigating employee misconduct and performance issues.
  • Prior experience preparing and reviewing legal documents, including documents for the Fair Work Commission.
  • Excellent organisational skills, strategic planning, and careful thought, to multitask and meet tight deadlines.
  • Good resilience and advanced communication skills will help you establish strong working relationships with key internal and external stakeholders.
  • Use your exceptional communication skills to build strong working relationships with key internal and external stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated alignment to V/Line’s values of responsiveness, integrity, impartiality, accountability, respect, leadership, and human rights.

What we offer

  • Workplace flexibility
  • Commitment to culture
  • Personal development
  • Inclusive environment
  • Career opportunities
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Free myki travel
  • Contribute to connecting Victorians

The successful applicant will be paid commensurate with experience.

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The selection process may include a behavioural event interview, qualifications check, probity (police check), and reference checks.

To obtain a Position Description, and arrange for a confidential chat, please contact Dee Morris, Talent Acquisition Business Partner at

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Please include a brief cover letter along with your current resume.

Applications close: 5pm on Tuesday, 6 June 2023

V/Line is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect and we welcome applicants from any background. We value diversity and are continuously working towards creating a flexible and inclusive environment that is representative of the Victorian community.

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