Airservices is Australia's air navigation service provider - we provide air traffic control, aviation rescue and fire fighting and air navigation services.

Safety System Lead (WHS)

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Work type: Full Time Permanent
Location: VIC, ACT, QLD, Various
Categories: Safety

The Organisation

Airservices is a government owned organisation providing safe, secure, efficient and environmentally responsible Air Navigation and Aviation Rescue and Fire Fighting Services to the aviation industry.

Each year we manage over four million aircraft movements, carrying more than 156 million passengers, and provide air navigation services across 11 per cent of the world’s airspace.

The Role

As the Safety System Lead (WHS), you will oversight the development and maintenance of the WHS aspects of Airservices’ Safety Management System framework to ensure that it meets regulatory and legislative requirements and enacts the Board’s risk appetite.

The role will proactively identify gaps in, and oversight the maintenance of, Airservices SMS compliance with relevant domestic and international regulations. You will also scope and conduct system reviews to identify opportunities to improve the SMS.

You will also lead the provision of specialist, high level advice and assistance to services and programs provided by the Safety and Assurance Group.

The Person

To be successful in this role you will have significant demonstrated experience in managing and evolving safety management systems that meet the requirements of the WHS Act (2011).

You will have a flexible and pragmatic approach to problem solving with proven knowledge of the safety regulatory environment in which Airservices operates.

You will have highly developed written and oral communication skills including a strong capacity to communicate with, shape, and influence a diverse range of stakeholders. You will also be an effective team player, with a professional yet highly personable approach to establishing collaborative and productive working relationships with your team and stakeholders.

Team Culture

The Safety System Lead (WHS) provides input into the Safety System team. This team comprise of eight additional members split between Melbourne and Canberra, working in operational safety, human factors, WHS and training quality disciplines. This team has a highly positive and collaborative team culture, working closely with Airservices business groups to address challenges and implement fit for purpose SMS solutions.

People enjoy working in our teams because of our friendly work environment and practical approach to finding solutions. Our staff get the opportunity to work across a diverse range of safety and environmental management disciplines; undertaking work at locations all around Australia. 

Skills and Experience


  • Significant demonstrated experience (7+ years) in managing and evolving safety management systems which meet the requirements of the WHS Act (2011).
  • Tertiary qualification(s) in work health and safety, or a related field.
  • Experience in developing and undertaking audit or assurance related activities
  • A strong business acumen and customer services focus, with proven abilities to develop, implement and champion strategic safety management improvement programs and initiatives
  • Highly developed written and oral communication skills including a strong capacity to communicate with influence to diverse stakeholders
  • Well-developed research, analytical and problem solving abilities
  • Experience in the development of training and education materials

Please see the link below to view the full Position Description:

Download File Position description - Safety System Lead WHS.pdf

Should you require any further information please contact Gregor McLean on 03 9339 2483 or

How to Apply

To apply for this position please lodge an application online via the “apply link” and complete the application form, including a cover letter and a copy of your resume.  Your cover letter should address the ‘Skills, Competencies and Qualifications’ section of the position description and be no longer than 2 pages.

Applications close 11.55pm (AEST) Tuesday 22nd October 2019.

Please refer to the security check requirements successful applicants will be required to undertake as part of the recruitment process.

Airservices values social and cultural diversity and is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity and the provision of a safe and healthy work environment.

In the interests of safety, we test for alcohol and other drugs.

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