• Do you have a desire to have a positive impact on rail safety?
  • Join a team who share a commitment to making a difference.
  • Flexible working – we follow the hybrid working model

Plays a key role in achieving the ONRSR vision of safe railways for Australia by leading the development and delivery of ONRSR’s policy and legislation framework.

About the Opportunity

The Office of the National Rail Safety Regulatory (ONRSR) is committed to ensuring rail safety in Australia. As our journey continues following the welcoming of our new Chief Executive, we are now seeking a dedicated and experienced Director, Policy to lead engagement with key industry bodies, ministerial offices, government departments and industry representatives.

The Director Policy is a pivotal leadership role, responsible for leading the provision of expert policy advice, establishing frameworks for strategic policy issues, and managing consultations with key industry stakeholders. This role requires a deep understanding of policy development, strategic thinking, and the ability to navigate and influence complex regulatory environments.

Reporting into the Chief Executive, this role will be responsible for establishing and maintaining systems to deliver consistent, high-quality policy advice, identifying emerging strategic issues and their potential impact on the rail industry and prioritising areas where strategic policy advice is needed. This position is also responsible for leading the review and evaluation of safety programs, projects, and policy reform initiatives to assess their effectiveness and identify opportunities for improvement.

This key role will represent ONRSR and the Chief Executive on national initiatives, committees, or projects, you will also liaise with relevant Divisions as required. As a thought leader, you will stay updated on current and emerging issues, trends, best practices, and innovative approaches both domestically and internationally, identifying opportunities for reform to support ONRSR’s business objectives.

About you – your impact and contribution

You will have a proven record of achievement at a senior level in formulating strategy and policy that has led to substantive change. You will possess a superior understanding of government operations, particularly in relation to legislation and reform proposals. You will be able to demonstrate strong leadership and the ability to influence others, leveraging highly developed communication, liaison, and interpersonal skills to build constructive professional relationships at all levels.

To perform this role successfully, it is expected that you have had more than 5 years’ experience leading at senior level and the capacity to share knowledge and provide coaching and mentoring for staff. You will be capable of motivating, encouraging, and inspiring a strong, efficient, and ethical team focused on delivering planned outcomes and developing individual team members' capabilities. Extensive experience in delivering successful outcomes in diverse and challenging organisational environments, along with excellent knowledge of relevant legislation, regulations, standards, and codes of practice, is essential.

The ideal candidate will exhibit strong initiative, drive and responsiveness to emerging opportunities, showcase your leadership capability to effectively influence and negotiate successful outcomes. You will adeptly resolve complex matters, gain stakeholder support and minimise organisation risk. Additionally, you will possess effective planning, coordination, and time management skills to ensure that deadlines are met consistently.

Our Organisation and Culture

The Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator (ONRSR) has the responsibility for regulatory oversight of rail safety throughout Australia. As an independent regulatory authority, ONRSR pursues safe railways for Australia by encouraging safe rail operations, enforcing national compliance with the Rail Safety National Law and promoting and improving rail safety across the country.

We are passionate about supporting Our People

At ONRSR we work together to deliver exceptional outcomes for Rail Safety for all Australians. Our colleagues have an impact far beyond work, and you’ll be part of a team that is contributing to enhancing safety outcomes.

  • You will be part of a $26 billion dollar industry employing over 142,000 people that is at the forefront of innovation, productivity, and world’s best practice.
  • We invest in building the capability of our people through customised learning and development programs and by growing your curiosity and experience.
  • Employee Assistance Program and Peer Support Network.
  • Mentoring for your own development and the opportunity to mentor others.
  • Extra 3 days leave with Christmas closedown for all colleagues.
  • Salary packaging of car, laptop, or tablet.

ONRSR actively encourages productive working relationships, a healthy work-life balance, workplace diversity and development of expertise. In addition, the organisation offers a commitment to learning and development, and flexible work options. Further details on the benefits of working at ONRSR can be found at Careers @ ONRSR

The Application Process

If you are passionate about driving positive change and making a difference in the lives of employees, we would love to hear from you! Please submit your resume and a cover letter outlining your qualifications and why you are interested in this role.

More information can be found in the Position Description which can be found on this page and can also be found at: Careers @ ONRSR

As part of the recruitment and selection process, you will be required to undertake a criminal history check if you are one of the preferred candidates. The results may not necessarily preclude appointment to the position.

Enquiries to: Anne-Marie Edmonds – Senior Manager, People & Capability by phone: 0477 731 813

Salary: $211,000 to $272,000 + 11% super

Applications close: 10am, Monday, 24 June 2024

To Apply: Please select from one of the following options to submit your application:

Director, Policy Job based in Adelaide SA

Director, Policy based in Melbourne VIC

Director, Policy based in Brisbane QLD

Director, Policy based in Sydney NSW

As an employer, we are committed to ensuring the representation of people from all backgrounds regardless of their gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, race, religion, ethnicity, age, neurodiversity, disability status, or any other aspect which makes them unique. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds to apply and would encourage you to let us know if there are steps we can take to ensure that your recruitment process enables you to present yourself in a way that makes you comfortable.

Please let us know, as part of the application process, if you require any adjustments, including those relating to a disability.


  • You must be an Australian citizen, permanent resident or hold a valid work permit or visa.
  • Applications are sought from direct candidates only. No agencies please.
  • Application closing dates are at the discretion of ONRSR and may change without notice.
Last updated: May 31, 2024, 3:14:17 PM