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Tasmanian Government

Principal Mining Inspector (356042)

Department of Justice
Mines and Major Hazards

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Position details

Applications close: AEST
Award/Classification:Senior Executive - Level 1 - Payment of Salary above the base salary of the advertised range is subject to an annual performance assessment
Salary:$137,901.00 to $151,690.00 per annum
Employment Type: Fixed-term, full-time
Region: Statewide
Location:Hobart, Launceston, or Burnie

We encourage applications from Indigenous Australians, people with disability, people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, mature age workers and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTIQ+) people.

The Department of Justice supports reasonable adjustment requests in any stage of the assessment process to remove barriers and facilitate full participation in all aspects of employment for applicants with disability. If you have individual requirements that need to be accommodated in order to participate in an interview or recruitment activity, please inform the contact person listed for this vacancy.

We are a diverse and inclusive workplace and understand the importance of flexible working arrangements.  Talk to us about how this could work for you.

Period of Appointment

Fixed term for a period of five (5) years plus 10% superannuation and entitlement to a vehicle


  • Identify, design, develop and implement strategies, systems and programs that improve health and safety standards and reduce risks to health and safety at the underground metalliferous and coal mines and other sites and ensure that such standards are administered, regulated and developed in the best interests of the state. In particular, these strategies, systems and programs will lead to the minimisation of risk from rockfalls and other principal mining hazards and will involve research into current best practice in these areas.
  • Carry out appropriate research to ensure that Tasmania’s mining safety standards are based on national and international best practice, resulting in the achievement of a significant reduction in risk at these sites.
  • Remain abreast of contemporary knowledge in mine safety, to identify emerging trends and developments and to maintain a network of peers and specialists in and beyond the subject area.
  • Facilitate, develop and maintain high-level strategic relationships with internal and external staff, industry bodies, local, state and commonwealth departments and authorities and other related organisations.
  • Represent the department and the government professionally at state and national levels on a range of boards, committees and at conferences, as required.
  • Provide high level strategic advice to the Chief Inspector of Mines, the Executive Director and other senior staff and key stakeholders, in relation to mine safety issues and emerging risks.
  • Carry out technical inspections and audits of safety management systems and major hazard management plans at the underground mines.
  • Carry out investigations into notifiable rockfalls, strata and rib failures and other notifiable incidents and complaints, to ensure that corrective actions are appropriate and that breaches of the legislation are addressed in accordance with the National Compliance and Enforcement Policy and WorkSafe Tasmania’s internal policies.
  • Mentor and guide the activities of the mines inspectors, particularly those who are involved in activities at the underground mines.
  • Give evidence and provide information to Coronial inquests, enquiries and prosecutions.
  • Act as the Chief Inspector of Mines when required.

Essential Requirements

  • Bachelor degree, with a major or honours in mining engineering from a recognised university
  • Tasmanian driver’s licence

Download the Statement of Duties and any Associated Documents

Download File Statement of Duties (356042) Principal Mining Inspector.doc

Download File Statement of Duties (356042) Principal Mining Inspector.pdf

How to apply

To apply, please provide a copy of your CV with two referees and a statement addressing the Selection Criteria to be considered for the position.   Please note that the Senior Executive Leadership Capability Framework applies to the role.  View more information about the framework on the link below.

Online applications are preferred, please click the blue Apply Now button. If you apply online please do not send a hard copy application as well.


Post your application to:

Human Resources
Department of Justice
GPO Box 825

For more information

Andrew Tunstall
Chief Inspector of Mines and Major Hazards

Phone: (03) 6477 7151

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  1. Review the Statement of Duties and consider if you meet the requirements.
  2. Speak to the Contact Officer if you have any questions.
  3. Submit your application including any additional documents as specified in each individual job vacancy notice.