Careers at Children's Cancer Institute
Work Health Safety (WHS) Specialist

Randwick - Sydney, Australia  
Employment Type:
Full-Time Permanent  
Strategy Implementation (SI)
Supporting Documentation:

  • Innovative, collaborative and positive team-orientated environment
  • Modern facilities
  • Convenient Randwick location, Light Rail Stop within a minute walk
  • Flexible working options

Children's Cancer Institute is wholly dedicated to putting an end to childhood cancer and is the only medical research institute in Australia solely dedicated to this cause. We don't just hope to do it – we will do it, and we're looking for the brightest minds to help us get there. Children's Cancer Institute provides the best possible environment for our staff to thrive in, with state-of-the-art facilities at the Lowy Cancer Research Centre, UNSW Australia – one of the leading cancer research centres in the world.

As the WHS Specialist, you are responsible for identifying opportunities to review and refresh the day to day implementation of WHS operating procedures, review and maintenance of documents, records and registers, , maintenance and training of the WHS and injury management framework of the Institute to ensure a safe working environment that is fully compliant with all legal and regulatory requirements.

The WHS Specialist works closely with all people throughout the Institute to ensure adherence to all policies and procedures related to WHS and Injury Management; conducts periodic audits; advises the Institute’s WHS committee and monitors all department WHS requirements.


Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Review and refresh, implement, maintain, and provide training for the Institute’s WHS and injury management framework to ensure a safe working environment that is fully compliant with all legal and regulatory requirements.
  • Developing and implementing new WHS policies, practices, and programs to meet the needs of the Institute.
  • Collaborating with the Head of Risk Management, People & Culture, and Core Services, to define the WHS strategy and annual WHS plan.
  • Establishing a culture of continuous improvement in WHS processes and compliance whereby all employees take an active part in the WHS framework.
  • Engaging teams, staff, volunteers and contractors at all levels to build a strong safety culture, ensuring adherence to established safe work practices, and making WHS easy to understand.
  • Developing and facilitating an ongoing WHS training program (mandatory training content), which is tailored to the needs and requirements of staff, volunteers and contractors depending on their roles and responsibilities. 


Qualifications, experience and skills required:

  • Tertiary qualification in WHS essential
  • 3 years + WHS experience essential
  • Sound knowledge of WHS legislation, codes of practice and ISO 45001 & ISO 9001 to ensure compliance
  • WHS experience in a wet lab environment is desirable (not essential)
  • Demonstratable experience with contractor management
  • Strong knowledge in injury management practices, legislation, and regulatory requirements
  • Experience with organisations who fundraise and have active volunteer programs is desirable
  • Resilience, adaptive & critical thinking, emotional intelligence & creativity.


This is an excellent opportunity to work in an inspiring workplace. You'll be rewarded with a friendly and professional flexible work environment, comprehensive on-campus facilities, competitive salary, salary packaging options, access to a leading EAP program and regular social activities. Join a group of dedicated people in a performance-driven environment to achieve success and discover what it's like to look forward to coming to work every day and make a real difference. We're looking for people who share our values of accountability, integrity and camaraderie, teamwork, sharing and excellence, success and satisfaction.

A detailed job description and additional information about Children's Cancer Institute can be found on our website at: . We embrace diversity and encourage applications from people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.

To apply, please click the 'APPLY' link and forward both your resume AND cover letter (mandatory) clearly addressing the qualifications, experience and skills required.

Note: Applications will be reviewed prior to the closing date; which is dependent on the status of the recruitment process. Only successfully shortlisted candidates will be contacted directly.