Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) Coordinator

CBD, Inner West & Eastern Suburbs
Human Resources & Recruitment
Occupational Health & Safety
Full time
Posted 27d ago

About NeuRA

Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) is a leading independent medical research institute whose vision is to prevent and cure disease and disability of the brain and nervous system through leadership, excellence and innovation in neuroscience research. NeuRA has world-class research facilities and is based at Randwick in Sydney.


About the Role

A brand new position has been created for a full time Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) Coordinator to join our medical research institute. Reporting to the Administration and Compliance Manager, this integral position will oversee and coordinate all aspects of workplace health and safety compliance. The role will focus initially on setting up NeuRA’s Safety Management System and progress its roll out. The position works closely with all internal stakeholders to support and foster a safe and healthy working environment and to ensure statutory obligations and duties are met. 


In addition, key responsibilities will include the coordination of research compliance activities, providing guidance, advice and training where needed, ensuring the smooth running of the WHS function at NeuRA working towards streamlined efficiency from both a research and an administrative perspective. 


NeuRA is committed to achieving a diverse workforce and strongly encourages Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to apply for this position. 


About You

You will have a relevant degree in WHS with substantial experience or equivalent competency gained through any other combination of relevant education, training and/or experience. You will also need a detailed working understanding of WHS principles, legislation, codes of practice and standards relating to the research environment.


The successful candidate must have a wide breath of detailed knowledge of WHS as it applies to medical research and clinical environments. For further details and a full listing of the essential and desirable criteria for this role, please review our Position Description as outlined below. 


To succeed in this role, you will need 

  • Relevant degree in WHS with substantial experience or equivalent competency gained through relevant education, training and/or experience.
  • Extensive experience working in a large medical, laboratory or clinical research environment in the biomedical research, university or health sector and a strong understanding of WHS principles, legislation, codes of practice and standards.
  • Significant experience in WHS and related practices in a research environment and extensive knowledge and ability to assist in the implementation of WHS legislation, Codes of Practice and relevant Australian Standards related to the research environment
  • Strong understanding of Dangerous Goods, Hazardous Substances and Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals.
  • Demonstrated understanding of Safety Management System requirements and ability to establish its integration and monitor its effectiveness.
  • Demonstrated communication skills including the ability to establish cooperative working relationships, influence others and deal with difficult people.
  • Proficient in using Microsoft Excel and other data management programs, high-level analytical skills, and experience in maintaining and/or development databases
  • Extensive experience in developing plans, programs, writing procedures and guidelines, reports and communicating legislative requirements.
  • Experience in WHS induction training for staff, contractors and visitors.
  • Significant experience in inspecting facilities, preparing and presenting reports, conducting audits, monitoring and reviewing safety management systems and programs.
  • Strong problem-solving skills and ability to exercise judgment
  • Strong client service focus with the ability to motivate others, and to work independently or as part of a team.



Our Mission and Values 

“Our vision is to prevent and cure disease and disability of the brain and nervous system through leadership excellence and innovation in neuroscience research”


Our values are the essence of our organisation – they are the principles that we live by, and are at the core of everything we do. NeuRA’s values are: Innovation. Excellence. Integrity. Leadership. Human impact.


NeuRA is committed to improving research quality. Our goals are to: 

  • Raise awareness
  • Educate, Train & Foster
  • Promote Openness
  • Adopt Improvement


Working at NeuRA 

NeuRA prides itself on offering unique benefits and striving to continually improve the working life of it’s staff including: 

  • Competitive remuneration packages, with salary packaging options 
  • Generous parental leave for all genders 
  • Study leave 
  • Flexible working options 
  • Regular networking events and access to UNSW and Mindgardens Neuroscience Network 
  • State of the art research laboratories and facilities 



To apply

To apply, submit your CV and cover letter addressing the selection criteria via* 


Full Position Description (PDF) outlining all essential criteria for this role can be downloaded on the NeuRA website


Closing date: 15 October 2021, 5PM


Interviews will take place week commencing 18 October 2021 


*Previous applicants need not apply


You must have the right to live and work in Australia.


Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. We are committed to promoting equality of opportunity and eliminating discrimination in all our employment policies and practices.


NeuRA acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands on which we work, and extends respect to all Elders past and present. 

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