Policy Advisor (Health and Safety Policy)

Date:  18-Jan-2023

Wellington, NZ, 6011

Discover a career with purpose at MBIE


  • Contribute to shaping New Zealand's Health and Safety system
  • Solve complex regulatory and stewardship problems
  • Work with WorkSafe, businesses and other system participants to ensure work is healthy and safe for all
  • Salary range: $71,119 - $89,645 + kiwisaver and wellness benefit


Tēnei tūranga - About the role:


The Health and Safety Policy team lead advice on strategic issues across work health and safety and energy safety including:


  • Regulatory reform: Designing and delivering modern regulations to support a step change in New Zealand’s health and safety outcomes at work. Current areas of focus include machinery, vehicles and structures, adventure activities, and hazardous substances


  • System priorities: Supporting the implementation of the Government's Health and Safety at Work Strategy and responding to emerging areas such as work-related mental health and psycho-social risks (including stress and bullying) and whether the current policy settings are sufficient


  • System performance: How we measure and understand the performance of the health and safety at work system


  • System interfaces: Advising on the interfaces with other sectors that influence health and safety at work eg health, transport, environment and ACC, and working closely with other agencies on cross-system issues


  • Oversight of system levers and funding matters, including advice about the roles and priorities of regulators


We work closely with other policy and operational teams and experts within MBIE in Workplace and Labour Markets as well as other ministries, stakeholders and international counterparts.

Ngā pukenga me ngā wheako e hiahiatia ana - Skills and experience required:

We are looking for motivated people with some experience in problem solving problems and formulating high-quality policy advice for a range of stakeholders and projects.

Desirable Skills & Experience:


  • Have a good base of experience in public policy as a Policy Advisor and/or transferrable skills from an advisory, legal or similar role
  • Be a logical thinker, problem solver and a healthy level of curiosity
  • Bring knowledge of policy development disciplines and processes
  • Enjoy working on complex problems, generating ideas and coming up with solutions
  • Have the ability to build relationships with others and work collaboratively
  • The ability to work through ambiguity and deliver results 


You will be challenged while given the opportunity to significantly improve New Zealand’s work health and safety system performance.  If you want to join an effective, flexible and supportive team with scope to grow, then we would welcome the opportunity to discuss this role further with you.

Ētahi kōrero mō MBIE - About MBIE:


MBIE's goal is to create a resilient and high-performing economy that delivers real and ongoing quality of life for all New Zealanders.


We do this by working with others to create an environment that supports businesses to be more productive and internationally competitive, enables all New Zealanders to participate in the economy through improved job opportunities and by working to ensure quality housing is more affordable.


People are at the heart of our mahi, our way of working is guided by our values which shape our behaviours.


  • Mahi Tahi – Better Together
  • Māia – Bold and brave
  • Pae Kahurangi – Build our Future
  • Pono Me Te Tika – Own It


Our aspirations are echoed in our Māori identity – Hīkina Whakatutuki – which broadly means ‘lifting to make successful'.


MBIE recognises the partnership founded under Te Tiriti o Waitangi between Māori and the Crown and is committed to giving effect to Te Tiriti o Waitangi. We will do this through enduring, meaningful and effective partnerships with iwi, Māori, other Māori groups/organisations and the Crown, as this is critical to enable economic and social development, both for Māori and for wider Aotearoa New Zealand. We are committed to continuing to partner with iwi in order to find new sustainable solutions to address long standing systemic and cross-cutting issues facing Māori and wider Aotearoa New Zealand and we are also committed to identifying opportunities for iwi to lead and creating an enabling environment for iwi to leverage these opportunities.


E mōhio ana a Hīkina Whakatutuki i puea ake te kōtuinga I waenganui i a ngāi Māori me te Karauna i Te Tiriti o Waitangi, ā, kei te whai ia ki te whakaū ake i Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Mā te whai kiko o ngā kōtuinga ahungaroa o ngāi wi, o ngāi Māori, me ētahi atu rōpū Māori ki te Karauna, katutuki tēnei. He āhuatanga nui tēnei e āhei ai ngā mahi whanaketanga ā-ohanga, ā-pāpori hoki ki a ngāi Māori me Aotearoa whānui. E whai tonu ana mātou ki te kōtui atu ki ngā iwi mō te rapu huarahi hou ki te whakaara i ngā kaupapakua roa nei e tāmi ana i a ngāi Māori me Aotearoa whānui, ā, e whai ana hoki ki te tautohu i ngā āheinga kōkiritanga mā ngā iwi, me te tautoko i ngā iwi kia whai mana ake ai ēnei āheinga.

Me pēhea te tono - How to apply:

Click here to view a position description. All applications must be submitted via our online process.  Email Roxana Anderson at roxana.anderson@mbie.govt.nz quoting ref MBIE/9876 if you have any further questions.


Applications close on Monday, 6th February 2023