Senior Advisor - Employee Relations

Updated: about 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime

Job Reference: 820042
People & Culture

We want to inspire staff to share Curtin’s vision of becoming a leading global university and to proudly work with us to achieve that goal. Join a vibrant and open plan office where our customer focussed PAC staff work collaboratively to support a diverse range of Stakeholders University wide. In this role you will have the opportunity to work with a great group of people with a variety of expertise, from our generalists to our subject matter experts.  

Your new role

We are seeking a Senior ER Advisor to join the People & Culture team on a continuing full time basis. This is a specialist role, where you will provide support and advice on complex employee relations matters.

This role is focused on managing complex cases as well as providing support, coaching, and advise to the People and Culture team as well as a diverse range of line managers, including Director’s, Heads of School and Executive Managers.

This role requires a high degree of critical thinking and understanding of people related risk.

Responsibilities will include:
  • Provide expert advice and guidance to the People and Culture Senior Advisors and Advisors on ER matters
  • Engage in end-to-end case management for complex ER matters to resolution
  • Conduct workplace reviews and investigations relating to complex ER matters such as grievances and disciplinary matters.
  • Ensure customer service expectations are met and that complex matters are resolved in an efficient and professional manner
  • Provide business leaders with specialist advice on matters relating to policies, procedures, employment risks and other high risk/complex employment related issues, as required
  • Provide Industrial Instrument compliance, interpretation and implementation and advice
  • Collaborate effectively within a multi-skilled team to deliver an effective and high-quality service for line managers.
  • Deliver business enabling employee relations support and advice.
  • Bring value-add People & Culture insights in terms of reporting, data, analytics, culture, projects, change, wellbeing and communications.
  • Maintain currency and apply contemporary, simple and fair approaches to employee relations matters and application of the University’s policies and procedures.  
Why choose Curtin?
  • Highly regarded institution ranked globally in the top 1% of universities
  • Easily accessible locations with great facilities
  • State of the art offices and agile working environment.
  • Wellness is part of our culture, and we encourage positive lifestyle choices through a range of activities and initiatives.
  • A vibrant environment with gym, child care, wellness programs, and health services.
  • The University has recently been named as one of Australia’s Inclusive Employers by the Diversity Council of Australia (DCA)

For further information on Curtin and all of our employee benefits visit

We are looking for someone with

  • Completion of a relevant qualification
  • Extensive relevant experience in an ER advisory role
  • Understanding of relevant workplace legislation, regulations and enterprise agreements
  • Demonstrated case management and investigation experience
  • Demonstrated experience in the interpretation, review and application of provisions governing conditions of employment, HR policies and procedures.
  • High level interpersonal skills with the ability to establish effective working relationships with a wide range of stakeholders
  • Demonstrated ability to clearly and persuasively present and address complex ideas, concepts and plans in terms of business enablers and improvements.
  • Demonstrated negotiation skills and the ability to facilitate resolution of HR issues.
  • Demonstrated ability to work autonomously and to take responsibility for own actions as well as a commitment and ability to work collaboratively in a team environment.
  • Ability to work in challenging and complex environments, with the flexibility to adapt quickly and provide high quality risk mitigated advice to the customer while also supporting the internal function to continue to embed new ways of working.
Next steps

Curtin University requires you to provide a cover letter and resume to include sufficient information and examples to allow us to assess your suitability for the role.

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Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging at Curtin

We are committed to ensuring that Curtin has an inclusive environment, free from harassment, in which all students, staff and the community feel respected, valued, welcome and that they belong.

We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people of all abilities, women, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and are committed to making reasonable adjustments to enable everyone to participate fully in our recruitment, selection and appointment processes.

We have received recognition in this area:

  • Voted one of Australia’s Inclusive Employers for 2019-2020 (Diversity Council of Australia).
  • Have become one of the first Universities to receive accreditation for an Elevate Reconciliation Action Plan.
  • Achieved Athena Swan Bronze Accreditation (2018-2020).
  • Voted 16th best workplace for new dads in Australia (HBF - Direct Advice for Dads, 2019).
Applications close: 9:00pm AWST Friday 26th November 2021

Contact details

If you have a query in relation to the application process please contact our careers team on or contact Angela Williams on –


Curtin reserves the right at its sole discretion to withdraw from the recruitment process, not to make an appointment, or to appoint by invitation, at any time. We reserve the right to remove the advert earlier than the date on the advert.

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