Workplace Health, Safety and Environment Officer – Cairns or Darwin

  • National role working with highly specialised team focussing on aviation and workplace safety
  • Role may be based in Darwin or Cairns
  • Reports to the Head of Safety and Quality (HoSQ), Special Mission


The Role

As the largest provider of contract aviation services in Australia, Cobham offers innovative and market-leading solutions to its clients and challenging and unique opportunities to its employees.

Our Special Mission business operates the world’s largest outsourced surveillance operation and has search-and-rescue capability across nearly 10 per cent of the earth’s surface.  We operate a fleet of Dash 8 and Challenger aircraft custom built to meet the needs of our contracts and supported by our highly skilled Mission Systems Team.

We currently have need for a Workplace Health, Safety and Environment Officer (WHSEO) with responsibility for Special Mission’s WHS and Environmental strategy to meet business needs and to work with management and employees on legislative and regulatory requirements and standards.


Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • Manage and coordinate the Engineering Workplace Health and Safety Management System (WHSM)
  • Contribute to the management of the WHSM and Drug and Alcohol Management Program manual to comply with appropriate regulatory standards
  • Maintain an Environmental Management Plan and System
  • Assist with base Building and Emergency Response Manual compliance
  • Develop annual WHS audit program
  • Conduct WHS and Environmental audits and investigations, as required
  • Manage data and generate environmental and WHS reports to comply with corporate and legislative requirements
  • Provide assistance, training and advice to Engineering personnel on WHS related issues, as required
  • Maintain relationships with regulatory authorities, government agencies and other applicable third-party entities to ensure compliance with Federal and State Legislation
  • Promote WHS and environmental awareness and compliance amongst staff
  • Assist the Human Resources department with the Return to Work process
  • Assist the HoSQ with WHS and Environmental campaigns and encouragement of a proactive safety reporting culture
  • Ensure compliance with all safe working procedures and policy requirements
  • Provide technical solutions on WHS and Environmental matters
  • Conduct ad-hoc projects and tasks as determined by the HoSQ


Skills and Experience


  • Tertiary qualifications in WHS (minimum Cert. IV) or equivalent.
  • Demonstrated experience in WHS and Environmental management and legislation;
  • WHS Lead auditor accreditation or formal qualification in a similar field, or ability to obtain qualification within 12 months
  • Relevant WHS / ICAM investigation qualification.
  • Exerience in the development of processes, procedures and Technical Manual writing.
  • Previous experience in dealing with the return to work process


  • Qualifications and experience in Environmental Management
  • Previous experience in the aviation industry
  • Knowledge of web-based safety reporting systems
  • Experience as a safety representative on safety committees


About us

Cobham Aviation Services is headquartered in Adelaide and operates services nationally across Australia. In addition to our Special Mission operations, we offer closed charter (fly-in, fly-out) passenger and freight services to remote sites in support of mining, oil and gas projects and outsourced freight services for Qantas.


All applicants must be an Australian citizen and be able to hold and maintain an Australian Government and Australian Border Force security clearance.

How to apply

Please apply online with covering letter addressing the role requirements and CV

Joanna Taylor (Recruitment Business Partner)
Apply online

Closing date

Sunday, 19 December 2021

Work type

Full time


Darwin, NT


Cobham Aviation Services