Principal Adviser Health, Safety and Wellbeing | GHSL


  • Permanent role
  • Full time hours 
  • Wellington based

Yes, we are looking for a Principal Adviser to join the team. Millie Thompson is moving on from her Principal Advisor role to take up the role of Manager, Workplace Wellbeing at MSD. Whilst we are sad to see her go, it’s a great career opportunity for her, which opens a vacancy within our small and tightknit the team which is listed below.


Kōrero mō te Tūranga - About the Role

We are looking for a Principal Adviser to technical leadership and strategic direction for Health, Safety and Wellbeing across the public service. Whilst working across all elements of Health, Safety and Wellbeing, the role will also take the lead for mentally healthy work.

The Director-General, Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is also the Functional Lead for Health and Safety for the Public Service and this role is positioned within the Government Health and Safety Lead (GHSL), which sits within the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI). The GHSL is a small, dedicated team that is driven by a desire to make a difference to health, safety and wellbeing across the public service.

You will work closely with the GHSL Director to design and lead significant cross-sector programmes of work that enable agencies to build their capability and to continuously improve their approaches to health, safety and wellbeing. This will include helping to move the completed Mentally Healthy Work Pilot into business as usual and to develop the next phase of the Mentally Healthy Work Programme. This will include significant engagement with a range of stakeholders across various levels across the public service.


Mōu - About You

Desirable attributes, experience or qualifications are:

  • Enthusiasm for health, safety and wellbeing, including the concept of mentally healthy work by design.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills – you must be able to confidently present to groups of external stakeholders where required, help to facilitate workshops, and create well-written communications and resources.
  • Great coordination skills and evidence of the ability to successfully deliver outputs in a complex environment.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a wide variety of people, including demonstrated success working across business/sector groups in a collaborative manner using effective influencing skills.
  • A recognised qualification in health safety management, psychology, organisational psychology, business management, or a related field or relevant work experience.


Mō tō mātou Rōpū - About the Team

The Government Health and Safety Lead (GHSL) provides practical support to chief executives and senior leaders of government agencies and their health and safety teams to support their leadership of health and safety for the benefit of all New Zealanders. The GHSL works with 42 public service and other government agencies.


Kua rite koe mō tēnei mahi whaitake? - Are you ready to make a difference?

We are committed to being a good partner under Te Tiriti o Waitangi which includes working closely with iwi, hapū, whānau and hāpori.

We aspire to reflect the diverse communities we serve, so we welcome applications from individuals of all backgrounds, and identities. As an organisation, we are committed to making Manatū Ahu Matua Ministry for Primary Industries a great place to work for all.

In your cover letter we'd like to know about you, your values; your interest and motivations for this role; the abilities, strengths, personal attributes and diverse perspectives you will bring to the role and this organisation, which may have also been gained outside of the workforce.

To view the position description and/or apply online, please click “APPLY FOR THIS JOB” or visit the MPI Careers Site.(external link) To apply, you must hold the right to work in New Zealand or be eligible to obtain it – click here(external link) to find out more about work visa eligibility and options.

Applications close at midnight on Wednesday 29th November 2023.

If you have any questions about the role, please email