The role of the RSHA management will be for a period of three years from July 2021 to June 2024. The role will report to the Chair of the RSHA and its management committee, comprising representatives from the RDC partners. The role provides a unique opportunity for an individual or organisation to play an important function in delivering tangible health and safety benefits to agriculture and fishing industries and creating strong partnerships and collaboration with all parts of the rural health, safety and wellbeing ecosystem. Knowledge in health and safety and primary industries is essential.
The successful tenderer will have responsibility for delivering the secretariat function of the RSHA, including organising all meeting logistics. Key to the role is the capacity to build and maintain strong and productive relationships with key groups, such as FarmSafe, to drive collaborative action, priority setting and to create a two-way information flow.
Core functions of the role include:
- Being a connector:
The successful tenderer is to play a connector role between the HSW ecosystem and the RSHA. The role will work to identify research, development and extension (RD&E) gaps that can be supported by the RSHA.
Specific deliverables:Foster partnerships to inform RSHA strategic priorities, gaps and issues from the wider ecosystem that the RDCs can play a part in supporting.
a. Establish genuine connections with FarmSafe and other relevant bodies in the HSW ecosystem.
b.Promote the interests and priorities of the RSHA in strategic planning and issue prioritisation processes.
c. Support two-way information flow between the RSHA and the wider HSW ecosystem.
d. Align RSHA KPIs with safety KPIs across the HSW ecosystem (e.g. the National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) pillar for zero deaths).
2. Being a strategic leader:
Support the RSHA to deliver on the sector-wide vision for healthy, safe and productive working lives for all participants in agriculture, fisheries and forestry industries. Promote the interests of the RSHA in the ecosystem in terms of strategic planning and ensuring the needs of the RSHA members are met.
- Work with relevant agencies and groups and promote RSHA interests, including being involved in industry leadership on priority issues, strategy and prioritisation discussions and in delivering collaborative actions to deliver on the target of zero deaths.
- Facilitate RSHA members’ understanding and engagement in the strategic HSW environment, e.g ensure that RSHA members are kept abreast of key information, events and activities across the rural HSW ecosystem.
- Assist the RSHA in strategic planning and project assessment, as required.
3. Offer support services and points of connection:
Connect RSHA members and industries with the latest research and arm them with advice and information for levy payers.
- Understand the HSW drivers of RSHA members and help spot and communicate connections with players across the WHS ecosystem
- Facilitating collaboration and the sharing of information and activities between RSHA members.
4. Management services
Support the effective management and smooth operation of the group, including the delivery of management services on behalf of the RSHA Chair and members. This includes regular and consistent information sharing and engagement with individual members and across the group.
- Coordinate RSHA meetings.
- Biannual RSHA meetings with the key WHS ecosystem stakeholders to consolidate research priorities, share learnings, discuss collaborative efforts etc. Format of these meetings to be agreed with the Chair, RSHA members and the successful tenderer.
- Arrange and facilitate additional meetings, as requested by the RSHA Chair.
- Embed ongoing RSHA communication and engagement into existing systems and processes within the ecosystem, particularly with FarmSafe.
- Proactively manage all communications on behalf of RSHA, in consultation with the RSHA Chair and its members. Including:
- Creation of media releases, newsletters, factsheets and other collateral
- Bespoke communications material for RSHA members to communicate with their stakeholders as appropriate, eg. newsletters articles and social media tiles
- Maintenance of the existing RSHA website (www.rsha.com.au)
- Input to other groups’ communication material, eg. Farmsafe.
The RSHA does not have a social media presence.
5. Project Management
a. Develop project concepts addressing RSHA priorities, as needed.
b. Manage the process of securing project investment, this may involve seeking out external funding (any contracting will be completed by AgriFutures Australia).
c. Oversee the roll out of projects on behalf of the agreed project partners.
The successful tenderer should outline their experience with or in the rural WHS ecosystem and the proposed approach to continuing to foster and develop those connections in the future on behalf RSHA and its members.
AgriFutures Australia will oversee the Provider Agreement with the successful tenderer on behalf of RDC members. All funding will be held by AgriFutures Australia and all meeting costs and other costs incurred by the partnership will be paid for by AgriFutures Australia, ie. project funds will not be held by the Secretariat.
Travel for the project requires pre-approval by AgriFutures Australia and will be reimbursed at cost based on the provision of receipts. The process for managing secretariat travel can be negotiated with the successful tenderer. Costs associated with travel should not be built into the daily fee listed as part of the RFQ responses. Office costs and other ongoing administrative costs should be included in the quotation.
This is a part-time role, and the time requirement will be guided by the methodology and approach of the successful tenderer. As a guide, it is expected that this role will require no more than two days per week. Payment will be made on a per hour or per day rate (to be negotiated with AgriFutures Australia). A Provider Agreement will be used to engage the successful tenderer with a specified number of days per quarter, to be negotiated with the successful tenderer.