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Return to Work and Work Health and Safety Officer – LAC

Organisation : St Vincent De Paul Society

Location : Sydney

Work Type : Full-time

Profession : Management, Program Coordination & Management

Sector : Community Support Services

Salary Type : Annual Package

Application Closing Date : 18 Nov, 2018

About the Role

  • Full time (38 hrs per week) role until June 2019
  • Attractive salary covered under the SCHCADS Award plus superannuation and access to generous salary packaging up to $18,000pa
  • Base location: Lewisham

About the Service

The Society delivers essential Local Area Coordination (LAC) services as part of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) rollout in NSW. The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) represents a significant change in Australia’s ways of providi ng disability support with a focus on individual goals, choice, social inclusion and building capacity. NDIS takes a lifetime approach, investing in people with disability early to improve their outcomes later in life.

Department Overview

The WHS & Return to Work Officer (LAC) will operate as part of the new People and Culture team at the SSO. This team is under the purview of the Executive Director of People and Culture and includes specialist Learning and Development, Work Health and Safety (WHS) and Organisational Change functions, along with other key business support units.

The People and Culture team is responsible for guidance and support to the wider organisation covering almost 4500 Members, 1400 employees and approximately 16000 volunteers across Retail operations, Homeless, Addiction, Disability, Family, Childcare and Support Services, and State and Central Council employees.

The Role 

The RTW and WHS Officer LAC reports to the WHS Coordinator and has primary responsibility for the coordination of all aspects of Workers Insurance matters across the program through liaison with the Workers Insurance agent, insurance broker and the internal stakeholders within the LAC program and State Support Office. They also have responsibility for assisting the WHS Officer (LAC) with general WHS initiatives as required.

The position provides support to the LAC managers and workers and as the role matures, it will also have involvement in developing, implementing and reviewing an effective health and wellbeing program for LAC sites. Travel to metropolitan and regional sites will be required.

Please click here for a copy of the Position description.

To be successful in this role, you will need

• Experience with the management of complex Workers Insurance claims (involving physical and/or psychological conditions)
• Ability to assess and manage claims with a balanced, empathetic approach
• Experience in negotiating strategies and outcomes with Workers Insurance agents and brokers
• Ability to engage and multitask in a timely manner across multiple workplaces.
• Ability to manage and implement general operational safety initiatives and prepare effective WHS policies, procedures and related documents
• Ability to engage with and support employees with specific medical conditions or disabilities.
• Demonstrated ability to influence and educate stakeholders in relation to wellbeing initiatives.
• Minimum intermediate level Microsoft Office skills.
• Relevant qualifications in Workplace Health and Safety (Minimum Certificate IV or equivalent).
• Completion of SIRA NSW accredited RTW Coordinator t raining
• Willingness and ability to travel intrastate to attend meetings or deliver training at metropolitan or regional locations
• Commitment and ability to work and add value within a team environment
• Willingness to work within the philosophy and ethos of the Society

The following will also highly regarded:

• Experience in a similar role within the health, community service, disability or associated sectors.
• Knowledge and practical understanding of health & wellbeing concepts, frameworks, best practices and strategies
• Experience working within a geographically dispersed service or organisation
• Demonstrated understanding of the Not for Profit sector
• Advanced RTW Coordination training
• Experience in change management practices.

Come and join our team!

About the Organisation

Organisation Name : St Vincent De Paul Society

The St Vincent de Paul Society is a leading provider of community support services and has been assisting people experiencing disadvantage in NSW for more than 130 years. Our people reach out to the most vulnerable in our community through our Conferences, Special Works and Vinnies shops. The Society’s mission is to shape a more just and compassionate society by offering a ‘hands up’ approach to people in need respecting their dignity, sharing our hope and encouraging them to take control of their own destiny.

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Valuing Diversity and Inclusion


St Vincent de Paul Society NSW (the Society) is committed to engaging a diverse workforce.
The Society recognises the value of an inclusive work environment and believes that our diversity is a strength in the work we do with our local communities. We take pride in the diversity of our people and encourage applications from people from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background, people with disability, people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, people who identify as LGBTQIA, candidates of any or no religious beliefs and applicants of all ages



We believe our employees are key to our success and in return we offer:



  • Job satisfaction working as part of a team making a difference to people’s lives in an organisation that cares about people.

  • Generous salary packaging benefits to employees where a portion of take-home pay is tax-free.

  • In addition to excellent learning and development programs, as a large purpose driven organisation we provide opportunities to grow your career across a range of teams and services.

  • Supportive, friendly and values driven team environment and culture.


Prior to an offer of employment, preferred candidates will be required to complete the pre-employment checks including a Police check, Working with Children check, Health Declaration and/or a medical check, right to work in Australia check. The Society is committed to being a Child Safe organisation, further information can be found in the Society’s commitment to Safeguarding Children & Young People.

If you have questions about this role, please email lacrecruitment@vinnies.org.au quoting RTW and WHS Officer (LAC) VIN1076


Applications closing on the 18th November, 2019 at 11:00pm. Please submit your application today attaching your Resume and answering to the Essential Criteria questions provided below and outlined in the attached Position Description.


Please quote in application: Return to Work and Work Health and Safety Officer – LAC via Pro Bono Australia.


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