Work Health and Safety Officer


  • A newly created position within our People and Capability team
  • Permanent Part Time opportunity – 24 hours/ 3 days per week
  • Salary packaging options to increase your take home pay and generous benefits

About YWCA Canberra

YWCA Canberra is a respected feminist, not-for-profit community organisation which has been providing community services and representing women’s issues in the Canberra community since its establishment in 1929. Today, we provide leading and innovative services to women and the broader Canberra community in the areas of children’s services, community services, housing, youth services, personal and professional training, and women’s leadership.

Due to growth in our organisation, we are now searching for a Work Health and Safety Officer to join our team. The primary role of the Work Health and Safety Officer is to actively contribute to the YWCA Canberra’s commitment to Work Health Safety (WHS) by promoting health, safety, and wellbeing across our organisation.

About the Work Health and Safety Officer position:

Reporting to the People and Capability Director, the key responsibilities of the Work Health and Safety Officer include:

  • Improving the overall awareness levels of workplace safety at YWCA Canberra to provide a safe work environment for all
  • Communicating WHS policies effectively to staff to enhance compliance across all levels of the organisation
  • Proactively managing WHS risks and hazards across all YWCA Canberra sites
  • Facilitating cooperation between YWCA Canberra and their staff in instigating, developing and carrying out measures to ensure health and safety at work.
  • Formulating, reviewing and disseminating WHS standards, rules and procedures
  • Reporting violations, unsafe practices, incidents and near misses
  • Attend and contribute to bi-monthly WHS Committee meetings
  • Conducting workplace inspections and safety audits and making recommendations to control any identified hazards or areas of non-compliance where required
  • Assisting in the analysis of incidents and near misses by inspecting incident sites and participating in investigations where required
  • Recommending corrective and preventative action of all notifiable and significant events where appropriate

About You:

The role requires excellent communication and stakeholder engagement skills and will be required to travel to all YWCA Canberra sites as part of the role. To be successful you will also possess:

  • Minimum Certificate IV or Diploma in Work Health & Safety
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Work Health Safety legislation, regulations, codes of practice and standards including psychosocial hazards and risks
  • Knowledge of safe work practice, including manual handling and safe lifting techniques
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office applications as well as sound systems knowledge
  • Current full unrestricted driver’s licence
  • A current Working with Vulnerable People Registration or ability to obtain
  • Australian Citizenship or suitable rights to work in Australia

Benefits and Culture: 

  • Salary packaging options that can improve your take home pay by $5K annually
  • Additional 3 days paid annual leave between Christmas and New Year
  • Flexible working options including 9-day fortnights, compressed 4 day working week and varied hours to accommodate your work-life balance
  • In-house registered training organisation to upskill or further your study in a supportive environment including SheLeads Diploma
  • Access to 2 days paid study leave annually
  • 14 weeks paid parental leave with no qualifying period of service
  • FREE annual flu vaccinations
  • Access to free guidance and counselling through our Employee Assistance Program
  • Work for the only Canberra-based Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (WGEA) 

How to apply

Visit to access the position description and job demands checklist.

Please submit your application including an CV and a cover letter addressing key criteria together through the YWCA-Canberra e-recruitment web portal by visiting

Applications will be accepted until COB Friday 19th April 2024. Interviews will be conducted week commencing 29th April 2024.

YWCA Canberra is committed to the safety of children and young people. As such, successful applicants will be required to participate fully in all child protection risk management recruitment processes and ongoing character checking and assessment processes.

YWCA Canberra is an equal opportunity employer. People from diverse backgrounds and with diverse life experiences are encouraged to apply. We specifically encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to apply.

Want more information?

For a confidential discussion or further information please contact Melanie French on 02 6185 2039 or via email at