Vacancy: Senior Event Safety Advisor


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.



The role is the critical link between the Safety Team and the Performing Arts portfolio influencing these departments to embrace safety and wellbeing strategies, effectively manage WHS risk for production, events and Performing Arts workspaces, and achieve corporate lead indicator KPIs. The Senior Event Safety Advisor works closely with the Production Services departments and the Event Operations Team, with duties including risk assessments and registers, compliance assessment, investigations, problem solving, managing safety initiatives and communications.

The role will involve working some weekends, and outside standard business hours.

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



As a Senior Event Safety Advisor, you will have expertise in safety and risk management, relevant industry experience, and advanced interpersonal skills enabling you to be both trusted advisor to, and advocate for, Performing Arts.

Essential requirements for the role include:

  • Tertiary qualifications in WHS (Diploma or higher);
  • Demonstrated experience in a professional safety role in a relevant industry e.g. theatre, production, major events;
  • Demonstrated experience applying WHS legislation, codes of practice, standards etc. to productions and major events;
  • Demonstrated experience and a solid understanding of Safety Management Systems and SMS auditing. Auditing qualifications (desirable);
  • Demonstrated experience in managing and delivering WHS projects;
  • Intermediate level computer skills using Word, Excel and Outlook; and
  • Strong interpersonal skills including mentoring and educating others (including delivery of safety inductions).


Please submit an up to date resume of no more than five pages detailing your relevant skills and experience relevant to the essential requirements for this role. Additionally, you must submit a covering letter of no more than two pages addressing the following two targeted questions:

  1. Provide an example of situation where you have used initiative to change or create a new process leading to lasting change. In your example, explain your role, challenges you experienced, stakeholders you consulted and the outcome.
  2. What do you see are the main challenges for WHS in major events and production environments?

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 JobsNSW . 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.



Job Status: Ongoing, Full Time

Number of Positions: 1 Position No: SOH793 Salary: Base salary of $93,020 per annum, plus superannuation

New employment legislation applies to the NSW public sector with effect from 24th February 2014. 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.

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

Applications Close: 6 March 2016

Enquiries: Jessica Doyle, Head of Safety by emailing