• Full time permanent opportunity for a national organisation
  • Make a difference to Rail Safety
  • Flexible working – we follow the hybrid working model
  • Adelaide CBD location

Come and join our passionate People & Capability team as our new Strategic People Partner in a team where we embrace diversity and innovation but also like to have fun and support each other!

About the Opportunity

It’s an exciting time to be part of ONRSR with the arrival of our new Chief Executive and a new opportunity for an enthusiastic Strategic People Partner to join our team in our Adelaide office. The role will be instrumental in leading our people strategies and executing key strategic initiatives within the organisation.

We are committed to fostering a positive and inclusive workplace culture where our employees can thrive and contribute to our success. We believe in the power of people and are dedicated to investing in their development and well-being.

Reporting into the Senior Manager People & Capability, you will utilise your expertise in the full spectrum of all employee life cycle, uplifting the People & Culture capabilities by contributing to some exciting transformational projects. The role will be responsible for partnering with our business leaders to drive the development and implementation of people strategies that support our organisational goals. You will play a key role in fostering a culture of high performance, learning, and inclusivity, ensuring ONRSR remains an exceptional place to work.

The Strategic People Partner will provide HR advice that also contemplates risk mitigation, support and coaching across related legislation, policies and processing, including the interpretation for the Enterprise Agreement. A strong understanding of case management to support managers on complex performance and grievance matters and be able to ensure ONRSR has a nationally compliant Return to Work program to manage complex return to work matters.

About you – your impact and contribution

Are you committed to fostering an environment where everyone can grow thrive?

Our ideal candidate will have practical, hands-on experience within a Strategic People Partner background with a thorough understanding of people policies, processes and supporting material to ensure best practice standards and streamlining of administration. You will be able to demonstrate the delivery of annual reporting and compliance activities such as WGEA and performance management discussions.

In this role, you will oversee the partner lifecycle involving employee-related issues, performance management, support recruitment and retention efforts, and conflict resolution. You will be self-sufficient, comfortable with coming up with commercial solutions and have a strong generalist knowledge of all elements of a people function and comfortable operating at and managing senior level stakeholders.

You will be someone who easily connects with people and has a detail-oriented and analytical mindset to handle the changing nature of the workforce. Above all else, your focus is on ensuring a positive and productive workplace where everyone works to realise our established vision. Promoting our values and shaping a positive culture will be an ultimate measure of success.

To be successful in the position you should have:

  • Tertiary qualifications and/or at a minimum, 5 years equivalent work experience in a human resources environment.
  • Demonstrated and proven experience in coaching, supporting and providing strategic and expert advice and specialist consultancy services in human resource management, which includes HR governance and compliance, employee relations, case management and best practice HR.
  • An ability to interpret legislation, regulations and Industrial Agreements, together with policy and procedure and demonstrated experience facilitating and influencing outcomes aligned with organisational strategy.
  • Experience in the provision of timely employment relations advice in a complex environment in a non-judgmental, pragmatic and confidential manner.
  • Possess high level verbal and written communication skills that enable effective communication with a broad range of people, including proven ability to establish and maintain sound working relationships with senior management and employees as well as personnel external to the organisation.
  • Proven ability to both lead and effectively operates as a member of a multi-skilled team in decision making, problem solving and change management with emphasis on flexibility, adaptability and versatility.
  • Demonstrated strategic thinking, analytical, data interrogation and reporting skills.

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 https://www.onrsr.com.au/about-onrsr/working-at-onrsr

The Application Process

Want to know more?

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 is attached on this page and can also be found at: https://www.onrsr.com.au/about-onrsr/working-at-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: Suzanne Thompson – Senior People Partner on 0467 175 554

Salary: $132,402 - $139,391 + 11% super

Applications close: 9am Monday 28 May 2024

To Apply: Please click here

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 10, 2024, 1:42:06 PM