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Lead/Lead Counsel - Internal Review Unit
  • Permanent, Full time
  • Melbourne CBD location
  • Executive Remuneration Package


About the role

The Lead/Lead Counsel of the Internal Review Unit (IRU) will be responsible for leading a specific program and/or team of technical specialists and be accountable for their contribution as part of the core business of WorkSafe Victoria. In addition to this, the focus is on clearly defined functional objectives within established policy frameworks and requires solutions that represent improvements on current practice.

Our IRU provides employers, employees and duty holders with an opportunity to request administrative reviews of Inspector decisions under the Occupational Health & Safety Act 2004, the Dangerous Goods Act 1985, the Equipment Public Safety Act 1994 and the Workplace Injury Rehabilitation & Compensation Act 2013, together with reviews of license decisions made under associated regulations. This Unit supports our work in the Victorian community and aims to be Constructive, Transparent, Accountable and Effective.  The Lead/Lead Counsel IRU is responsible for promoting these values through the Unit's review of decisions.

Please note that some work outside of standard business hours as well as travel within Victoria may be required. 

Some key accountabilities:

  • Lead and manage a team of internal review officers in the IRU who are charged with investigating and determining applications for review of an inspector or authorised person's decision in accordance with relevant legislation in a manner that supports fair, reasonable and timely decision-making practices.
  • Consider and determine requests initiated by WorkSafe management for cancellation or variation of an inspector or an authorised person's decision.
  • Write clear and logical decisions setting out the basis for decision, relevant findings of fact and the material on which those findings were based.
  • Communicate outcomes of reviews and the reasons for those outcomes to applicants, inspectors, authorised decision-makers and relevant WorkSafe staff in a timely and professional manner.
  • Build and maintain collaborative working relationships with internal stakeholders and provide support and learning opportunities relating to or arising out of reviews.
  • Liaise with and provide instruction and guidance to employers, employees and other duty holders in relation to the review process.

Please ensure you take a look at the Position Description provided for additional information on accountabilities for this role.


About you

You are an experienced Leader with a high level of integrity who can work independently in an environment of internal and stakeholder pressures. You have the ability to assess competing and complex arguments and to reach logical and sustainable conclusions based on relevant material.

More specifically you will have:

  • Demonstrated experience in conducting administrative and merit reviews or formal organisational investigations.
  • High evolved ability to mentor and supervise the work output of non-senior staff within a team and provide qualitative, timely and constructive feedback.
  • Demonstrated ability to write sound logical and sustainable decisions capable of withstanding internal and external scrutiny, including scrutiny by Courts and Tribunals.
  • Capacity to deal effectively and tactfully with a wide range of stakeholders in the review context, including workers, employers, lawyers and other representatives.
  • Demonstrated ability to present review outcomes and learnings to internal and external stakeholder groups, and to represent the IRU in a range of settings.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide constructive feedback in a manner which positively influences learning behaviours and outcomes.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently with minimal supervision in an environment of internal and stakeholder pressure, and strict statutory deadlines.
  • Well-developed alternative dispute resolution, conflict resolution and facilitation skills.

Highly desirable:

  • Experience in the operation of merit review Tribunals, such as VCAT in relation to administrative decision making.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004, the Workplace Injury & Rehabilitation Act 2013, Dangerous Goods Act 1985 and supporting regulations and compliance codes
  • Sound understanding of the principles of administrative review, and their application to the WorkSafe review context. 


  • Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) - desirable but not essential. 


Working with Us

We pride ourselves on being a great place to work and offer flexibility to facilitate work/life balance. People who are seeking part-time or job share arrangements are encouraged to apply.

WorkSafe employees enjoy: Discounted Gym & Pool Memberships | WELL Rated Building | Group Training & Yoga Classes | Very active Social Club | Pool & Table Tennis | Sparkling Water | Discounted Prescription Eyewear | Career Opportunities and Working for your Community!

What's next?

Applications close 11pm Tuesday 11th of August.  Click the link to apply, and join us in making a difference to Victorian lives.

Only people with the right to work in Australia may apply for this position. You may be required to undergo a National Police Check (and Medical Assessment) as part of the recruitment process.

Candidate screening may take place prior to the advertisement closing, so get your application in.

For further enquiries please contact Ilona Russell at

About Us

At WorkSafe our passion for the wellbeing of Victorian workers brings us together. Our people come from a wide range of professions and with no two days ever being the same, diverse thinking comes naturally to us. As we build the WorkSafe of the future we're committed to delivering industry best practice to our people, our customers and the community.

Our future 

WorkSafe 2030 will ensure that WorkSafe Victoria remains at the forefront of workplace health and safety, and meets the community's high expectations in relation to managing the workers' compensation scheme at a time of rapid workplace change. WorkSafe 2030's prevention-led approach will save lives and reduce injuries. It will deliver affordable premiums and lower administration costs for employers, freeing up their time and resources.


WorkSafe are striving to build a diverse workforce that reflects the Victorian community we serve. 

Job Ref: IR000061
Submitted: 28-07-2020

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