APS6 Workplace Relations Manager

Posted 29 July 2022
Salary$55 - $65 per hour
Job type Temporary
DisciplineGovernment Federal, General HR

Job description

Federal Government department based in Townsville are seeking an experienced Workplace Relations Manager for short term contract through to 30th June 2023.

The Position

Reporting to the Assistant Director – Workplace Relations and Safety, the Workplace Relations Manager is responsible for the provision of expert industrial and employee relations advice and support to the Authority.
The Workplace Relations Manager conducts and/or coordinates employee case matters, supports managers and staff through education and coaching, as well as contributes to policy development and implementation in relation to industrial and employee relations within the Authority.
This is a key position within the People Services section, providing guidance and support to team members, and playing an active role in broader Section planning, risk assessment, performance monitoring and reporting. The role offers key linkages to all levels of management and staff more broadly, and supports high levels of engagement and productivity in the Authority’s workforce.
The Person
  • You are pragmatic and apply sound judgment and common-sense to issue/conflict resolution.
  • You work collaboratively with others and can build and maintain strong working relationships.
  • You are experienced at guiding and coaching managers and staff.
  • You ensure matters are managed in accordance with relevant legislation and policy and in a discrete and professional manner.
  • You possess excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to communicate with influence and facilitate mindset change to achieve organisational priorities.
  • You are self-driven and have relevant and demonstrated employee and industrial relation experience/qualifications and an understanding of related processes.
  1. Provide high quality, client focused advice and training on employee and industrial relation matters, including the interpretation of legislation, industrial instruments, policies and procedures.
  2. Oversee and/or undertake case management, including in relation to:
    • APS Code of Conduct related matters;
    • Performance improvement processes;
    • Dispute resolution; and
    • Review of actions.
  1. Provide guidance and develop team capability and effectiveness through coaching and mentoring.
  2. Respond to and manage complex change management processes in accordance with best practice and industrial relation principles.
  3. Develop, implement, evaluate and promote the continuous improvement of work practices, policies, procedures and guidance material relating to employee and industrial relations.
  4. Draft high quality reports, submissions, correspondence and briefing notes for senior officer approval.
  5. Undertake research and analysis, and establish and maintain networks with officers from other APS agencies and external bodies to keep abreast of developments and changes in APS employee and industrial relation matters.
Essential requirements:
  • Tertiary qualification/s in employment law, workplace relations, human resources or a related discipline; or equivalent professional experience (5+ years).
  • Qualifications in coaching and mentoring.
  • In-depth understanding of the Australian Public Service (APS) employment framework.
  • Demonstrated experience managing cases relating to conduct/behaviour and underperformance.
  • Certificate IV in Government Investigations.
As this role is within Federal Government, applicants must hold Australian Citizenship.

To express interest, please apply now. 

DFP welcomes applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds and people with disability. In addition, DFP will provide reasonable adjustments for individuals with disability throughout the recruitment process. If you identify as a person with disability and require adjustments to the application, recruitment, selection and/or assessment process, please advise via adjustments@dfp.com.au or 1300 337 000 and indicate your preferred method of communication (email, phone, text) so we can keep in touch and meet your accessibility needs.

Note: You may be required to provide evidence of your COVID-19 vaccination status.