First listed on: 22 April 2024

Senior Psychological Health & Safety Specialist


  • $134,311.00 per annum + superannuation
  • 2 x Full-Time, permanent positions
  • Melbourne CBD or Geelong, or other location by negotiation, with regular work and travel requirements throughout Victoria


Working within the Psychological Health and Safety Specialist team the purpose of the role is to:

  • Provide expertise and advice in aspects of psychological health and safety, to achieve reduction in the incidence and severity of work-related injury and disease.
  • Improve WorkSafe Victoria’s  capability to develop, implement and evaluate psychological health and safety initiatives.

Key accountabilities 

  • Provide specialist knowledge, expertise, and advice to influence improvement in health and safety of Victorian workplaces  related to workplace Psychological Health and Psychosocial risks.
  • Improve WorkSafe’s capability to develop, implement and evaluate health and safety initiatives. This includes informing the decision making of others, recommendations of business solutions and development of initiatives to reduce risks to psychological health and safety.
  • Provide expert advice in the identification and management of current and emerging psychosocial hazards and risks, as well as trends, including a current understanding of how this applies in relation to OHS legislation in Victoria.
  • Actively provide expertise and advice to support complex workplace psychosocial interventions, building organisational capability and the development of strategic programs in relation to psychosocial hazards and risks to psychological health at work.
  • Write expert reports and represent WorkSafe as an expert witness in court proceedings and tribunal forums as required.
  • Contribute expertise to the development of legislation, standards, guidance materials, operational policies and procedures in relation to psychological health and safety.
  • Represent WorkSafe on specialist national, state and industry committees and forums as required, presentations and forums as required, including active participation in relevant communities of practice, stakeholder working groups and industry groups.
  • Maintain the currency of corporate knowledge in psychological health and safety through participation in professional bodies, industry forums and stakeholder engagement for dissemination of information across WorkSafe as appropriate.
  • Participate in Incident Response in accordance with policies and procedures.
  • Any other reasonable and related duties as required to meet the ongoing needs of WorkSafe.


  • You may be trained and appointed as an inspector under the OHS and/or other legislation, as required.
  • You may be required to complete the Diploma of Government within the first two years of appointment, depending on operational policy and requirements.

Please ensure you take a look at the Position Description here for additional information on accountabilities for this role.

Skills and experience

  • Demonstrated extensive experience in psychological health and safety and psychosocial risk management with a proven track record of achieving positive outcomes for workplaces.
  • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills, including demonstrated ability to interpret complex technical information and data.
  • Ability to undertake effective research and analysis and produce accurate reports and advice on emerging psychological health and safety issues.
  • Ability to develop innovative solutions in a complex environment and work proactively to resolve issues.
  • Understanding and prior application of project management methodologies, including the preparation of project plans and undertaking project evaluation.
  • Demonstrated ability to liaise in a professional manner with a range of internal and external clients/stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated ability to train, develop and motivate employees in a team environment.
  • Highly developed relationship building, influencing negotiating and networking skills.
  • Highly developed communication and presentation skills (written and oral), including the ability to facilitate diverse groups, provide advice and information and interpret policies and procedures.


  • Registration as a Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia.
  • Accredited post-graduate qualification in Psychology (such as Masters or Doctorate degree, or equivalent industry experience).
  • Eligibility for membership of the Australian Psychological Society (APS).

Working with Us

At WorkSafe, we aspire for every employee to feel connected, safe and valued in their team, for teams to feel valued in the workplace, and for WorkSafe to be valued in the community.

We believe that a diverse workforce is the key to delivering the best outcomes for the Victorian community and strongly encourage applications from all people, including First Nations people and people with disability, diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, sexualities and genders. 

What’s next?

Applications close 11:00pm on Wednesday 1st May, 2024. Click the link to apply, and join us in making a difference to Victorian lives.

Only people with the right to work in Australia may apply for this position. You may be required to undergo a National Police Check (and/or Medical Assessment) as part of the recruitment process.

Candidate screening may take place prior to the advertisement closing, so get your application in.

For further enquiries please contact Talent Acquisition Specialist, Rebecca McPherson via email

Our future

WorkSafe's Strategy has our core purpose front of mind – reducing workplace harm and improving outcomes for injured workers. We don’t shy away from the importance of our purpose to the Victorian community, that’s why we have a stated ambition to be world leading.

We want Victoria to be the safest place to work in Australia and one of the safest in the world; and we aspire to be a world leader in return to work after a workplace injury.

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