Principal Workplace Relations Consultant

Emergency Management Victoria (EMV) is a statutory entity and is part of the Department of Justice & Community Safety. EMV has responsibility for coordinating Victoria’s emergency management sector in working together for better community outcomes before, during and after emergencies. We do this under the auspices of our vision of ‘safer and more resilient communities’.
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Department: Department of Justice and Community Safety
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Human Resources (HR)
Classification: VPSG5
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/EMV253
Closing Date: 28-Jul-2019
Salary Range: $98,396 - $119,052
Job Duration: 12 months
Attachments: Position Description (EMV253 & EMV254) - Principal Workplace Relations Consultant.doc (Word, 783KB)


Contact: Dave Livingstone, Senior Workplace
Relations Consultant on (03) 8684 7924

Position Details

Principal Workplace Relations Consultant (2 roles)

  • Challenging, expert workplace relations role
  • Key emergency management sector stakeholder focus
  • VPS 5, full-time, 12 months fixed term

A fantastic opportunity for you to develop and demonstrate the wide range of skills which combine to make a top tier workplace relations practitioner. Y­ou will be relied upon and valued as a key source of workplace relations advice, particularly in the context of enterprise agreement negotiations and major workplace change. This role will be influential and make a major contribution to the effectiveness of emergency management in Victoria through the development of leading workplace relations practices.

Reporting to the Director Workplace Relations the Principal Workplace Relations Consultant will be responsible for providing expert industrial relations advice and support across the emergency management sector. In addition they will develop tactical strategies aimed at resolving significant issues, represent the department at industrial forums and manage complex and often sensitive workplace relations matters.

To be effective in this role you will need to draw on your significant experience in delivering successful industrial relations outcomes, preferable within a public sector workplace.

Key accountabilities include:

  • Provide strategic and innovative advice to key stakeholders in the emergency services sector, particularly during enterprise agreement negotiations, workplace reform and working with unions.   
  • Appear for the Department at the Fair Work Commission and other tribunals and forums and negotiate to resolve issues.
  • Advise stakeholders on the development and implementation of innovative people management and industrial relations practices across the division and emergency management sector through the provision of expert advice and analysis.
  • Develop a range of specialist written communications, including departmental briefs and memorandums, and provide specialist advice and recommendations aimed at resolving complex employee and industrial issues.

To be successful you will have:

  • Extensive experience in case managing a range of human resource issues, with specialist knowledge of workplace relations, particularly in a highly unionised workforce.
  • Extensive experience negotiating and resolving issues in a complex work environment, handling sensitive information and maintaining critical stakeholder relationships.  
  • An expert understanding of the


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