Principal Inspector Metals & Petroleum

Great flexible working conditions, Generous salary entitlements, Ongoing employment opportunity.

Job Title: Principal Inspector (Metals and Petroleum)
Job Grade / Classification: Inspector Grade4
Employment Type: Ongoing Full-Time
Location: Maitland


The Opportunity
In your new role as a Principal Inspector (Metals and Petroleum), you will lead a team of inspectors and other technical experts exercising statutory and administrative responsibilities to improve the health and safety performance at mines. This role overlooks the verification of effective risk management and incident prevention strategies which are implemented in the NSW mining industry. You will be the technical lead for metals and petroleum within the NSW Resources Regulator.

Click here to find out why you have a great opportunity to contribute to a positive change in the mining industry with the NSW Resources Regulator!

In this role, you will:

  • Manage enforcement activities to ensure mine operations comply with health and safety legislation including overseeing issuing of written advice, improvement, prohibition and penalty notices. This includes oversight of consultation with mine operators to ensure corrective actions are addressed in a timely manner.
  • Oversee investigations of complex issues and incidents, providing information and advice to the inspectorate and Chief Inspector of Mines.
  • Engage in meetings with various key stakeholders such as mining, engineering and manufacturing companies.
  • Organise and convene both internal and external forums to discuss issues and provide industry updates.
  • Lead a team of professionals and liaise with other subject matter experts to provide effective solutions to issues and incidents.
  • Be heavily involved in assessing, monitoring and technical review of high-risk activity notifications to ensure regulatory compliance and standards are met.

About you:

To be successful in this role, you can work in a fast-paced environment effectively managing your workload. You will be able to prioritise immediate, medium and long-term tasks ensuring deliverables are met within the required timeframes.

You will be able to work independently and have an eye for detail possessing the ability to identify issues and provide effective solutions.

You will also be an excellent communicator engaging and working closely with others. You will have the ability to gain support from key stakeholders to drive and deliver results.

Your technical knowledge and skills in the mining industry will provide you with the tools to make high level decisions creating positive impacts in the industry and communities.


Essential requirements

  • Must possess and maintain the qualifications to be appointed as an inspector under section 18(2)(a) of the Work Health and Safety (Mines and Petroleum Sites) Act 2013, and in accordance with the Resources Regulator policy on qualifications of mine safety inspectors.
  • Must be able to work on weekends and backshifts and respond to incidents out of normal business hours on a rostered basis.
  • Hold and maintain a current Class C driver licence.
  • Appointment and ongoing assignment is subject to the satisfactory participation in mandatory pre-employment and ongoing probity and medical screening.
  • Compliance with the key requirements of the Resources Regulator Integrity Clearance policy is mandatory, and a condition of engagement for staff engaged after 3 December 2019.
  • Compliance with the key requirements of the Resources Regulator Pecuniary Interests in the Regulated Sector policy is mandatory.

Agency overview
The Planning, Industry and Environment Cluster brings together the functions from the former Planning & Environment and Industry Clusters.


The NSW Resources Regulator is positioned within the Planning, Industry and Environment Clusters Environment, Energy and Science Group, and is the states work health and safety regulator for mines and petroleum sites. The Regulator also undertake compliance and enforcement activities in relation to the Mining Act 1992, with a key focus on mine rehabilitation activities.


The Regulator was established on 1 July 2016 as a standalone regulator with the purpose of increasing industry and community confidence in the regulation of the mining industry through a consistent, transparent and responsive regulatory approach. Our vision is a safe and responsible mining, extractive and petroleum industry. Our mission is to enable and support industry to understand and fulfil its obligations.

Good to know:
It is a condition of engagement to hold and maintain an integrity clearance in accordance with section 54 of the Government Sector Employment Act 2013, rule 8 of the Government Sector Employment (General) Rules 2014 and the Resources Regulator Integrity Clearance policy. Please note, in accordance with clause 1.3 of this policy, candidates need to consent to the carrying out of integrity screening by the Resources Regulator and any third-party provider contracted to conduct screening activity in accordance with this policy; unless a candidate provides such consent, their application will not be further considered.


A Recruitment Pool may be established for future roles with similar focus capabilities. The Recruitment Pool may be available to hiring managers from Planning and Environment Cluster and other NSW Public Sector agencies over a 18-month period.


Our commitment to diversity and flexibility:
The Planning, Industry and Environment Cluster strives to be an inclusive workplace for all people. We recognise that we operate in a diverse community and welcome and encourage applications from all ages and genders, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, culturally and linguistically diverse groups, the LGBTIQ+ community, veterans, refugees and those with disability.


We understand that flexibility means different things to different people and are committed to offering flexible work arrangements where and when possible.


To Apply:

  • Click Apply to submit your application.
  • Upload a current cover letter and Resume with your online application.

The information provided in your application needs to show how you meet the focus capabilities and other essential requirements of the role. (Refer to the role description for details about the capabilities and the associated behavioural indicators. The role description also lists the essential role requirements.)


Applications Close: Wednesday 18 March 2020 (11:59pm)

10/03/2020 $0 Newcastle, Maitland & Hunter 1 Mining, Resources & Energy
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