Department of Regional NSW

  • Ongoing role located in Dubbo, NSW
  • Enjoy flexibility, innovation focus and interesting work within a strong team culture
  • Generous remuneration package. Starting salary from $143,591 (per annum) excluding super and annual leave loading (Mine Safety Inspector Grade 2)

Department of Regional NSW is responsible for building resilient regional economies and communities, strengthening primary industries, managing the use of regional land, overseeing the state’s mineral and mining resources and ensuring government investment in regional NSW is fair and delivers positive outcomes for local communities and businesses.

We encourage applicants from all backgrounds including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, culturally and linguistically diverse groups, the LGBTIQ+ community, veterans, refugees, and people with disability. We support an inclusive workplace where staff have access to opportunities and resources at all levels, enabling our team members to drive innovation, productivity and delivery of high-quality services. We provide dignified access to reasonable adjustments both during the recruitment process and in the workplace. If you require reasonable adjustment during the recruitment process, please email the contact for this role.

NSW Resources Regulator is a part of Department of Regional NSW (DRNSW), and is the state’s work health and safety regulator for mines and petroleum sites. The Regulator also undertake compliance and enforcement activities in relation to the Mining Act 1992, with a key focus on mine rehabilitation activities.

For more information on NSW Resources Regulator please click on ‘Work for Us’ page.

What we are looking for?

In your new role as Senior Mine Safety Officer you will exercise statutory and administrative responsibilities as an appointed government official to improve the health and safety performance at mines. The focus of the role is to verify that effective risk management and incident prevention strategies are implemented in the NSW mining industry through site inspections, assessments, investigation of incidents and complaints, application of compliance powers, consultation and education.

To be successful in the role, you will have the ability to gain trust and confidence of mine operators and workers, through the development of cooperative and open relationships.

Your experience in working in a dynamic environment, being able to positively respond to unexpected changes and effectively re-prioritising deliverables will be highly valued.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Assess, monitor, and review individual mine operator’s health and safety management systems to ensure regulatory compliance and that satisfactory standards are adopted and implemented. Prepare and record assessment reports and inform mine site officials of compliance status.
  • Participate in announced and unannounced inspections and assessment activities at mine sites, including inspections on weekends and back shifts. Prepare and record assessment and inspection reports and inform operators of their compliance status in writing.
  • Keep informed of emerging health and safety issues and promote best practice through consultation with colleagues and mine site officials.
  • Prepare regulatory enforcement and compliance notices to mine site officials and mine operators, assist in development and scheduling of improvement strategies and negotiate agreed timeframes for compliance.
  • Participate in targeted health and safety campaigns, workshops, working groups or committees, industry forums and community meetings to provide specialist knowledge and promote the Resource Regulators business plans and strategies. This includes participating in the development of standards and guidelines for the mining industry, and Resource Regulator operational procedures.
  • Carry out enforcement activities to ensure mine operations comply with health and safety legislation. This includes issuing of written advice, improvement and prohibition notices.
  • Consult with mine operators to ensure corrective actions are addressed in a timely manner and assist these operators in scheduling improvement actions to ensure the health and safety of persons at their operations.
  •  Investigate incidents and complaints, to review circumstances and determine causal factors and make recommendations to prevent recurrence. This includes responding to incidents and emergency situations outside of normal business hours, on a rostered basis.

This role will give you the opportunity to contribute to a positive change in the mining industry.

Essential Requirements: 

  • Must be able to work on weekends and backshifts and respond to incidents out of normal business hours on a rostered basis.
  • Hold and maintain a current Class C driver licence
  • Compliance with the Resources Regulator Integrity Clearance policy is mandatory, and a condition of engagement for staff engaged after 3 December 2019.
  • Compliance with the Resources Regulator Pecuniary Interests in the Regulated Sector policy is mandatory.
  • Appointment and ongoing assignment is subject to the satisfactory participation in ongoing health screening.

For further information about the role please contact Meg Peacock on Megan.Peacock@planning.nsw.gov.au

Alternatively CLICK HERE to view the role description.

What’s on Offer?

  • We value our people. Work is meant to be enjoyed! We believe in a flexible and relaxed working environment allowing people to operate in a manner that cultivates a friendly culture and reduces stress levels.
  • A culture of ambition, support, and inclusivity. We are passionate about what we do, and we want to work with those who share that same drive. We promote an open-door policy and encourage collaboration between all staff.

Applying is Easy

To apply simply attach a current resume (of no more than five pages) plus a cover letter (no more than two pages) which demonstrates how your previous experience and capabilities make you an ideal candidate for this role.

Closing Date: Sunday 14th November 2021 at 11.00pm

Please note that NSW Government expects all NSW government sector employees who can be safely vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine to do so.

A recruitment pool may be created for ongoing and temporary roles of the same role or role type that may become available for filling over the next eighteen months. If you are viewing this advertisement on LinkedIn, please click ‘Apply’ to access more information about this role via the I Work for NSW website.