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Principal Industrial Relations Consultant

Location: Melbourne CBD
Salary: $120,692-161,511
Company: Department of Health and Human Services
Telephone: 03 9096 9650
Apps close: Friday 7th February 2020

The Principal Industrial Relations Consultant provides high-level strategic industrial relations advice and management support to Ministers, Senior Executive and line management, assisting to ensure effective management of industrial relations across the Health Services portfolios.

Are you
- Able to resolve complex industrial relations issues?
- Enthusiastic about providing high level strategic industrial relations advice and support at a senior level?
- Legally trained and/or skilled in Industrial Relations?

The Industrial Relations Branch provides high-level strategic industrial relations advice and management support to Ministers, Senior Executive and line management, assisting to ensure effective management of industrial relations across the Health Services portfolios.

The Industrial Relations Branch:
- Oversees all enterprise bargaining and other significant industrial issues within the health sector;
- Develops and maintains constructive and co-operative working relationships with unions and employers in the health portfolio;
- Provides professional advice and expertise to facilitate successful industrial relations policy development and strategy formulation to ensure positive industrial relations outcomes for the health sector.

Role of unit
The Industrial Relations Branch (Health) provides high-level strategic advice and management support to Ministers, Senior Executive and line management to enhance effective management of industrial relations across the Health (including Mental Health) portfolio consistent with Government policies and priorities.

Purpose and accountability
The Principal Industrial Relations Consultant will provide authoritative and specialist industrial relations advice and design solutions to resolve complex workplace relations matters and taking an advanced role in identifying emerging industrial relations (IR) risks and actively intervening to promote positive IR outcomes for the department.

Operating at value range 1, you will:
1. Provide strategic input to the interpretation of government policies, legislation and industrial relations (IR) initiatives including the review, development and implementation of policies and procedures designed to implement industrial agreements and legislation.
2. Provide expert and strategic advice as required on a broad range of IR issues and other major risk factors impacting on the achievement of effective industrial relations outcomes.
3. Lead and/or contribute to the management of enterprise bargaining activities within the department including undertaking preparatory research, developing stances for the IR agenda and liaison across the department on IR matters.
4. Undertake complex and sensitive investigations on industrial relations issues and advocate in industrial tribunals as required.
5. Drive the consistent interpretation and application of provisions and IR principles and practices across the department and act as a first point of contact for communications between the department and industrial sector representatives.
6. Keep accurate and complete records of your work activities in accordance with legislative requirements and the department's records, information security and privacy policies and requirements.
7. Take reasonable care for your own health and safety and for that of others in the workplace by working in accordance with legislative requirements and the department's occupational health and safety (OHS) policies and procedures.
8. Demonstrate how the actions and outcomes of this role and work unit impact clients and the department’s ability to deliver, or facilitate the delivery of, effective support and services.

Operating at value range 2, you will perform all the above together with increasing involvement to:
9. Operate within increased level of autonomy and accountability in delivering within broad strategic directions.
10. Provide leadership and guidance based on advanced expertise.
11. Contribute advanced expertise and knowledge to benefit strategic planning and organisation/sector-wide outcomes.
12. Manage a range of projects/functions each with increased budget, staff responsibilities or strategic importance.
13. Respond productively to deliver solutions and outcomes in an organisational environment complicated by scale, heterogeneity and complexity.

Selection criteria
Knowledge and skills
1. Influence and negotiation: gains agreement to proposals and ideas; builds behind- the- scenes support for ideas to ensure buy-in and ownership; uses chains of indirect influence to achieve outcomes, for example, ‘gets A to show B so B will tell C’; involves experts or other third parties to strengthen a case.
2. Organisational awareness: understands issues and pressures to which the organisation has to respond; understands the reasons behind the organisational climate and culture.
3. Environmental scanning: monitors external sources and identifies underlying trends; develops, maintains and uses a variety of systems, processes, and sources to gather information and gain deeper understanding; uses a range of references and professional networks to conduct specific research.
4. Conflict management: listens to and acknowledges that the concerns of others have been heard; clarifies the problem/s; seeks and evaluates options to resolve problem/s; negotiates agreed actions to deal with problem/s.
5. Self-management: invites feedback on own behaviour and impact; uses new knowledge or information about self to build a broader understanding of own behaviour and the impact it has on others; understands strong emotional reactions and seeks ways to more effectively manage them.

Personal qualities
6. Resilience: perseveres to achieve goals, even in the face of obstacles; copes effectively with setbacks and disappointments; remains calm and in control under pressure; accepts constructive criticism in an objective manner, without becoming defensive.
7. Relationship building: establishes and maintains relationships with people at all levels; promotes harmony and consensus through diplomatic handling of disagreements; forges useful partnerships with people across business areas, functions and organisations; builds trust through consistent actions, values and communication; minimises surprises.
8. Decisiveness: takes rational and sound decisions based on a consideration of the facts and alternatives; makes tough decisions, sometimes with incomplete information; evaluates rational and emotional elements of situations; makes quick decisions where required; commits to a definite course of action.
9. Teamwork: cooperates and works well with others in pursuit of team goals, collaborates and shares information, shows consideration, concern and respect for others feelings and ideas, accommodates and works well with the different working styles of others, encourages resolution of conflict within the group.

• A tertiary qualification in law, employment law, employee relations, industrial relations or equivalent; or equivalent work experience.

Specialist expertise
• Knowledge of current industrial relations issues as they relate to the health services field, industrial legislation, industrial tribunals and enterprise agreements would be highly desirable.
• Proven ability in providing industrial relations advice and as an industrial relations researcher, negotiator and advocate would be highly desirable.

Conditions and benefits
People who work for the department must comply with the Code of Conduct for Victorian Public Sector Employees 2015 and agree to work according to our values of quality, collaborative relationships, responsibility, client focus, professional integrity and respect.

Employees of the Department of Health & Human Services can enjoy a range of generous Victorian Government employment benefits. These include attractive salaries, flexible leave arrangements and training and development opportunities. Please see

The department promotes diversity and equal opportunity in employment. If you are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander applicant, or if you have a disability, and require advice and support with the recruitment process, please contact our Diversity Unit on