• Full time permanent opportunity with a team in a national organisation
  • Use your expertise to have a positive impact on rail safety
  • Flexible working arrangements – we follow the hybrid working model

Join us at an exciting time to lead the development and delivery of the ONRSR’s stakeholder engagement & influence framework here at ONRSR.

About the Opportunity

The Office of the National Rail Safety Regulatory (ONRSR) is dedicated to ensuring the safety of Australian railways. As our journey continues following the welcoming of our new Chief Executive, we are now seeking a Director, Stakeholder Engagement and Influence to lead our efforts in building and maintaining robust relationship with key stakeholders, driving engagement, and supporting our strategic objectives.

This exciting new position will be responsible for determining the most effective way to design, develop and deliver ONRSR’s safety education and information programs whilst maintaining a comprehensive stakeholder engagement plan for key rail safety issues and priorities. A crucial part of this role will lead the establishment and maintenance of partnerships with key stakeholders and position ONRSR as a leader of safety improvement within the rail industry.

The Director Stakeholder Engagement & Influence will be instrumental in shaping and executing our stakeholder engagement strategy. Reporting directly into the Chief Executive this role will be responsible for establishing a program of forums for effective engagement with rail industry and its sectors, by creating a calendar of opportunities and events to engage with stakeholders throughout the year.

Providing expert advice and direction to the Chief Executive on responses to issues or crisis management including how to present matters via communication channels and media management will also be a key feature of the role..

About you – your impact and contribution

As our new Director, Stakeholder Engagement & Influence you will be able to provide expert advice and liaise with ministerial offices and departmental representation regarding the development of ministerial responses, briefings or the release of ONRSR safety material.

You will have demonstrated experience for developing and implementing comprehensive communication strategies across traditional and digital channels, ensuring consistent and effective messaging. You will also have substantial experience in strategic communication, a deep understanding of various media platforms, and the ability to educate and inform diverse audiences.

To be successful in this role you must have 5 years or more leading at a senior level and the capacity to share knowledge and provide coaching and mentoring to a small, dedicated team. You will be able to demonstrate your influencing and negotiation skills for the purpose of working towards mutually beneficial outcomes and resolving complex matters and minimising organisational risk.

To be successful in the position you should also have:

  • Substantial experience in senior leadership roles required to liaise with diverse stakeholders.
  • Effective influencing and negotiation skills for the purpose of working towards mutually beneficial outcomes, resolving complex matters, gaining stakeholder support, and/or minimise organisational risks.
  • Experience developing and implementing successful targeted stakeholder engagement programs.
  • Solid understanding of public relations, online communication, social media, and multi-media platforms.
  • Highly developed communication, liaison and interpersonal skills that reflect significant capacity to build and manage partnerships to achieve shared objectives.

Our Organisation and Culture

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 and enforcing national compliance with the Rail Safety National Law to promote and improve 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, Stakeholder Engagement & Influence based in Adelaide SA

Director, Stakeholder Engagement & Influence based in Sydney NSW

Director, Stakeholder Engagement & Influence based in Melbourne VIC

Director, Stakeholder Engagement & Influence based in Brisbane QLD

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.
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