• Senior Farm Safety Advisor

Senior Farm Safety Advisor

  • Join a team that makes a difference
  • Great opportunity to be part of a project that promotes and supports safer workplaces in the farming community
  • Safety and Wellbeing focus, engage and deliver outcomes for the farming community in this new role

The VFF is seeking a Senior Farm Safety Advisor to join a dedicated team. This an exciting opportunity in a new role to deliver and drive activities that promote and support safer workplaces for the farming community.

About the role
Are you passionate about Victoria’s rural and regional communities and promoting and supporting safer workplaces in the farming community? Do you have experience in the development, implementation and maintenance of health and safety management programs?

Farming unfortunately rates as one of the more dangerous professions in Australia with high incidence of workplace injuries & fatalities. The Senior Farm Safety Officer will help make a real difference to changing the culture to on-farm safety and positively impact people’s lives.

The Senior Farm Safety Advisor (SFSA) is a key position within the Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) that will assist and drive objectives of delivering on farm safety for our members and the wider community.  The SFSA will be responsible for the delivery and administration of the VFF Making our Farms Safer project on behalf of the Victorian Government.

This is a great opportunity to get involved literally making a real difference to people’s lives in rural & regional Victoria.  If this sounds like you, we would love to hear from you!

In undertaking your role as a Senior Farm Safety Advisor, responsibilities will include:
The Senior Farm Safety Advisor (SFSA) is responsible for development and delivery of VFF’s Farm Safety Services and the Making our Farms Safer project. The project will deliver a Safety and Well-being Campaign through the development of an online platform, tools and services for Victorian Farmers that promotes and improves farm safety and farm family wellbeing.  The project builds on the existing Farm Safety program, the SFSA will organise and facilitate events and activities including farm safety tours and farm safety walks within the farming and agricultural community of Victoria to promote and drive farm safety. VFF Farm Safety Services will integrate with VFF’s existing Industrial Relations (IR) service and the SFSA will oversee and work with the Farm Safety Officer (FSO)

The Making Our Farms Safer project key deliverables include providing farmers with a higher level of awareness of farm safety and wellbeing services provided by the VFF, and a greater understanding of their farm safety and wellbeing rights and responsibilities. Key project deliverables are to promote and facilitate safer workplaces and practices on Victorian farms, and provide farmers with greater access to farm safety support and resources through the VFF and the use of improved farm safety practices by Farmers, workers and families and to promote the VFF as a trusted source of farm safety and wellbeing support.

Skills and experience required include:
  • Tertiary qualifications in WHS or related discipline
  • Qualifications in risk assessment and a working knowledge of risk assessments and audit procedures
  • Extensive knowledge of Australian and Victorian government standards associated with health and safety management and current OHS legislation
  • Minimum of 5-10 years relevant practical experience in a similar OHS position with the ability to effectively influence stakeholders to safer work practices
  • Australian Institute of Health and Safety (AIHS) certification and membership would be highly regarded
  • Knowledge of culture change programs
  • Prior experience in project management and administration
  • Experience in the development, implementation and maintenance of health and safety management programs
  • Experience in risk assessments, hazard inspections, and safety auditing in agriculture would be highly regarded
  • Knowledge of and ability to interpret health and safety legislation, policies and procedures
  • Ability to prepare accurate and informative documentation, to communicate effectively with employees, contractors, managers, Government and the public on project administrative matters and to recommend work practice improvements
  • Persuasive communication strategies and techniques to engineer mindset change in audience. Positive interpersonal and collaborative skills with the ability to influence and initiate change
  • Familiarity using social media platforms, developing webinars and podcasts. Ability to measure farming community engagement in the project eg. Conduct online survey and result analysis
  • High level of competency in Microsoft suite including Excel and Powerpoint, and the capacity to learn other software applications
  • Dedication to safety and continuous improvement. Excellent presentation, facilitation and writing skills
  • Knowledge and experience in project data and analysis with the ability to maintain confidentiality and trust with regard to sensitive material and information
  • Due to the high volume of travel required, a current Australian Drivers License is essential with willingness to travel to rural/regional Victoria
  • Willingness to support core values of the VFF
  • A Working with Children Check is also required

Further Details
Remuneration commensurate with experience. This is a full time maximum term position until 30 June 2023.

Applicants must address the selection criteria in their application. The selection criteria can be found in the position description at www.vff.org.au/careers/

For more information contact the VFF Workplace Relations Department on 1300 442 481 or wr@vff.org.au

Applications close 5pm Monday 17 August 
Senior Farm Safety Advisor
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