Full time
CBD, Inner West & Eastern Suburbs, Sydney
Posted 2 years ago

“Planes, trains and automobiles! Another job showing that investigators can be found in every industry and across all fields. This one relates to the national regulator for rail safety on national networks.”

About the Role

We are seeking a motivated professional to fill the role of Principal Investigator who will take a lead role in the coordination and planning of complex rail safety investigations into alleged or suspected non-compliance and breaches of the Rail Safety National Law.

The position leads complex rail safety investigations into possible breaches of rail safety law and performs a key role in establishing effective regulatory relationships with senior regulatory investigation agencies and other external stakeholders.

Reporting to the National Manager the role is expected to provide high level leadership, advice management and coordination of a national team of senior investigators seeing you develop investigation strategies and coordinate their delivery to meet our national objectives.

About You

You will need to lead and manage a national team. We have senior investigators working in most capital cities and you will be liaising with your remote team members regularly. You will be a team player who can demonstrate initiative and adopt a collaborative leadership approach when leading a team of Senior Investigators.

As a minimum you will have attained a Diploma of Government Investigations (or the ability to obtain if you’re the successful applicant). You will have managed investigators overseeing the planning and conducting of interviews and the review of statements, investigation plans, and reports. Your ability in using investigation powers and contemporary investigation practices and technologies to identify, collect, secure, and manage evidence and confidential information from regulatory and investigation activities/investigations will be extensive.

This is a unique role which will allow you to apply your experience in stakeholder engagement and relationship management. You will manage both internal and external stakeholders ranging from public to private sector and other regulatory and enforcement agencies. Your professional, calm communication and interpersonal skills will need to be strong in order to represent ONRSR and succeed in the role.

Your seasoned abilities in investigations will see you working collaboratively with Legal Counsel developing and reviewing high-quality written reports and briefs of evidence to support ONRSR responses, which may include educative, administrative, and enforcement outcomes before the courts.

You will be required to work on, and around railway environments, so you must be able to meet the requirement of a Rail Industry Category 3 health assessment and have the emotional and psychological maturity to cope with the possibility of difficult situations. You will have a willingness to undertake field work that may be outside of normal working hours with some interstate and remote travel.

About us

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.

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

It is to your benefit that you read the Position Description which is attached below or can be found at: https://www.onrsr.com.au/about-onrsr/working-at-onrsr

Your application must include:

  • Your resume
  • A cover letter of no more than two pages detailing why you are suited to the role

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.

Personal information is handled in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988 and the Australian Privacy Principles.  For more information, download our privacy notice or privacy policy at www.onrsr.com.au.

Enquiries to: Emily Keeler – Administration Officer on (08) 8406 1587

Salary: $120,005 – $132,918 + 10% super

Applications close: Sunday, 27 February 2022


  • 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.

Job Features

Job Category

Compliance, Investigator, Major Investigations, Regulation

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