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Senior Manager - Safety

LocationMelbourne, VIC
Work TypeFull time
Positions1 Position
Job no: XBGRC
Category: Aviation, Integrated Capital & Safety

Key role overseeing the safety strategy and execution across Melbourne Airport! Join us during this exciting time of innovation and growth.

The Senior Manager - Safety is primarily accountable for leading APAC’s centralised safety function, developing and executing a safety strategy aimed at providing a safe workplace for Melbourne Airport and Launceston Airport. This includes:

  • Provide leadership and management of the Safety team.
  • Manage the implementation, monitoring, and review of the APAC Safety Management Standard across APAC, inclusive of all internal Business Units, airlines, tenants, and contractors.
  • Manage the audit and assurance program for APAC across all Business Units.
  • Ensure APAC responsibilities under Victorian OH&S and Commonwealth WHS legislation are fulfilled

Melbourne Airport is at the forefront of a dynamic expansion, poised to support the city's ascent to become Australia’s largest city within the next decade. As we soar towards new heights, we're embarking on ambitious projects, including the development of a third runway, state-of-the-art terminals and major business park projects creating unparalleled opportunities for growth and innovation. Join us in shaping the future of aviation as we propel Melbourne Airport towards becoming Australia's favourite Airport destination.

Key responsibilities:

Leadership and Management

  • Model APAC’s values in all internal and external dealings, exhibiting desired behaviors and approaches in business activities.
  • Build and maintain morale levels through open communication and sharing of information and ideas to foster a sense of team unity and purpose.
  • Set team and individual goals, aligned with APAM’s high-level goals, and ensure team members understand the expectations of their role.
  • Ensure direct reports receive the necessary level of coaching and support to achieve their goals and KPIs.
  • Identify opportunities for individual growth and agree areas for development.
  • Prepare and conduct constructive performance reviews in line with APAM’s communicated process and timeline.
  • Manage the recruitment and succession planning needs of the Safety team.
  • Comply with appropriate Industrial Relations legislation in relation to staff management/performance issues. 

Safety Management

  • Lead the safety function across APAC.
  • Develop and agree the safety components of the Safety Risk and Compliance Initiatives each financial year and oversee their implementation.
  • Implement a continous improvement program to ensure that the Safety Management System remains up to date and appropriate for the evolving operational environment, changes in legislation and industry best practice.
  • Collaborate with all Business Units and through them all airlines, tenants, and contractors to implement safe work practices across all airport precints at both Mebourne and Launceston Airports. 
  • Manage the OHS auditing program across all aspects of safety management.
  • Provide strategic safety advice to the Executive Leadership Team and Senior Leadership Team.

Safety Reporting

  • Mange the Safety reporting process as part of the Safety Risk and Compliance governance system, including the Safety Risk and Compliance Executive Committee and its relevant sub-committees along with Board Safety reporting.
  • Continuously review safety reporting to ensure it remains appropriate and efficient within the business’ management and communication cycle. Implement improvements where required.

The successful candidate will have:

  • Diploma or degree qualification in OH&S/WHS is preferred
  • Extensive experience in a Senior OH&S role
  • Experience leading a small team and applying influence across a business to achieve safety outcomes.
  • Experience applying OH&S principles within a complex operational business.
  • Ability to perform in a changing environment, operating with a high level of autonomy while maintaining support from key stakeholders.
  • Experience in developing safety reports and presenting to senior leadership (including Board)

We understand that not everyone will feel they meet all of these 100%. However, if you feel you have the attitude and aptitude to grow within our team, we invite you to apply and have a conversation with us about this position.

About the Company:

Melbourne Airport (Australia Pacific Airports Corporation) is proud to be one of Australia's premier transport hubs and Victoria's gateway to the world, connecting us to the global marketplace. We are committed to creating connections that matter and enhancing the traveller experience across every aspect of our organisation to deliver our vision of becoming Australia's favourite Airport destination. Currently, in an exciting phase of change, we are delivering rewarding career opportunities, making Melbourne Airport a dynamic and fast-paced place to work for our people.

APAC is a majority Australian-owned private company that also operates Launceston Airport, the tourism gateway to Tasmania and an industry multi-award-winning airport.

Culture and Values:

By joining the team at Melbourne Airport, you will work within a friendly, high-performance culture with a focus on our people and their development.

Our vision is to become Australia's favourite Airport destination and our people are paramount to achieving this success. We provide a supportive environment, with values that encourage all of our employees to Be You, Think Big, Own it and Work Together.


  • Access to airport car parking 24 hours/365 days a year for both business and personal use
  • Hybrid flexible working arrangements
  • Airport Holiday, an additional day of leave
  • Wellness Day, a further additional day of leave
  • Discounted onsite childcare at Creative Garden Early Learning
  • Mental health and well-being initiatives
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Career and professional development
  • Active social culture and participation in a range of social impact days and activities
  • Signature Experiences including an airfield family day, and kids’ footy day 
  • Access to an employee benefits scheme including access to corporate rates and airport retailer discounts (including SkyBus)

APAC is committed to weaving Diversity into our DNA. We believe that Diversity and Inclusion will help us realise our greatest potential as a company, and maximise the potential of all our team members. We strive to create a culture where our team members understand that each individual is unique and that embracing diversity makes us more flexible, productive, and creative.

APAC provides equal opportunity and advancement in employment regardless of gender, age, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, cultural background, caring responsibilities, disability or socioeconomic background. We encourage applications from candidates of all backgrounds who share our workplace values of Being You, Thinking Big, Owning It and Working Together.