As the Head of HR & Employee Relations, reporting to the Executive Manager of People & Culture, this role is ideal for someone who thrives in complex and industrially diverse settings.

This community-based organisation is widely recognized for providing a range of crucial services to the community it serves. With a workforce of over 1,000 employees, the services they offer are diverse and intricate.  If you are searching for a purpose-driven organisation that values passion and teamwork over just profits, this could be your dream job.

  • St Kilda/Hybrid
  • Circa $190K package + benefits
  • Permanent


  • Lead, manage, and develop a team of HR Business Partners (HRBPs) and implement an effective operating model to provide consistent, high-quality advice and support, while improving the capability of people managers and leaders.
  • Effectively manage complex cases, enterprise bargaining and consultation, dispute resolution matters, workforce design, and organisational change while collaborating closely with key stakeholders.
  • Oversee workplace investigations, establish and manage a panel of investigators, and represent the council before industrial tribunals and forums.
  • Develop and implement contemporary HR policies, processes, and practices that are easy to understand and implement while supporting increased engagement, performance, and a positive workplace culture.
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of the people strategy to ensure that the organisation has the required skills and capabilities to meet its current priorities.
  • Oversee people-related change projects that significantly impact the business, planning and implementing changes, achieving organisational objectives, and complying with relevant legislation while demonstrating care and respect for employees.


  • Proven experience in leading a similar Workplace Relations/HR function and delivering people and culture outcomes in a complex environment.
  • Extensive knowledge and understanding of the Workplace Relations framework, systems, and procedures, including experience in conducting relevant investigations and representing organisations in relevant forums (e.g., FWC, VCAT, VEOHRC, etc.).
  • Demonstrated ability to apply contemporary people strategies and initiatives while ensuring compliance with legislative requirements.
  • Strong people management skills and a demonstrated ability to lead, coach, and develop high-performing teams.
  • Extensive experience building strong relationships with organisational leaders, staff, and stakeholders, including influencing and securing executive support for courses of action or projects.
  • Outstanding ability to navigate complex and dynamic organisations, anticipate and adapt to changes, and continue to deliver outcomes while accepting uncertainty as a normal part of the job.

Job ID: 122368

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Job ID: 122368
Job Category: HR
Job Type: Full Time
Job Location: Melbourne
Salary: $190K

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