Vacancy: Head of Safety, Sydney Opera House



The Sydney Opera House embodies beauty, inspiration and the liberating power of art and ideas. It is a masterpiece that belongs to all Australians. Our mission is two-fold:

  • We will treasure and renew the Opera House for future generations of artists, audiences and visitors;
  • Everything we do will engage and inspire people through its excellence, ambition and breadth. We will strengthen our central role in Australia’s life and identity.


For more information about the Sydney Opera House please refer to our website.



  • Lead the Corporate Safety, Event Safety and Health Centre Teams
  • Design, implement and manage the Opera House’s Safety Management System
  • Unique opportunity to oversee safety, risk and compliance

The role leads the Corporate Safety, Event Safety and Health Centre Teams, acting on behalf of the Sydney Opera House Trust (SOH), Executive and Management, in the overview of all the areas within the SOH which have an impact on safety, risk and compliance.

The role is also responsible for partnering effectively with operational managers and key safety stakeholders to facilitate ownership of risk and safety issues and support and influence improvements for safety performance and culture. The role provides professional advice and assurance to the SOH Trust, Executive and Management on health and safety, workers compensation, staff wellbeing, injury management and related risk and safety compliance for all business activities.

As Head of Safety you will be responsible for the design, implementation and ongoing management of the SOH Safety Management System to achieve industry best practice.

Further more detailed information about the role and its requirements can be obtained from the role description.



  • Tertiary qualification in health or safety (or similar), extensive practical experience in a safety management role and a record of success in delivering risk and WHS strategies and initiatives, while adding commercial value to an operating business.
  • Proven extensive experience in the management of a risk based safety management system encompassing an effective Safety Management System in an integrated risk environment. This should be preferably in complex, multiple site and/or high visitation operational environment with contracted service arrangements.
  • Demonstrated experience in incident investigation and reporting, including sound skills in interpretation and analysis of data.
  • Experience in implementing risk management audit and assurance processes across the safety system.
  • High level relationship management skills and experience in managing relationships with diverse stakeholders, both internal and external to the organisation.
  • Thorough working knowledge of relevant WHS related legislation, BCA, other Codes and Australian Standards and their application in the workplace.
  • Knowledge of and demonstrated ability to interpret and apply government legislation, policies and regulations, particularly with respect to managing safety in entertainment venues or similar.
  • Highly self-motivated, results-orientated professional with a strong personal motivation to improve health and safety in the workplace.
  • Excellent training, coaching, report preparation and presentation skills with demonstrated experience in developing and delivering safety training programs and presenting performance results to stakeholder.
  • Excellent leadership and staff management skills, particularly within project teams and operational teams of high performance professional staff.
  • Proven financial management and budget management skills.



Applicants are asked to include an up to date resume of no more than five pages which clearly details your relevant skills and experience and how they relate to the requirements and capabilities for the role.  Applicants are also asked to address their suitability in a covering letter of no more than two pages addressing the following two targeted questions:

  1. Outline your experience in the Management and/or implementation of a Safety Management System within a large or complex organisation.
  2. Outline your experience in driving a major organisational change management process, including the leadership of a team and your involvement in driving and embedding a safety culture.

There are no selection criteria to be addressed. Click here to obtain the guide – Applying for a role in the NSW Public Service.

Applicants MUST create a profile and submit their application electronically for this position at Only applicants who apply online will be considered for this position. Please contact the Jobs NSW Helpdesk on 1800 562 679 should you have any technical enquiries.  A talent pool may be created from this recruitment action for ongoing or temporary roles of the same standard that may become available over the next twelve months.

Sydney Opera House welcomes applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people from diverse cultural backgrounds and people with disability.


To be eligible to apply for this position, applicants must have existing Australian work rights.

Applications will not be accepted from recruitment agencies.

Any offer of employment will be subject to a satisfactory National Police Check and Pre-Employment Health Assessment.



Job Status: Full Time, Ongoing
Position No: SOH845
Salary: $139,769 per annum plus superannuation

Applications Close: Sunday 19 June 2016
Enquiries: Jenny Muldoon by emailing

All current and new Public Service non-executive employees will be employed at a classification level and assigned to a role rather than appointed to a position. Employees may be re-assigned to other roles at the same classification over time, in line with organisation priorities and/or personal development plans.