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Workplace Relations Advisor

Requisition ID:  219470

Bechtel, a global leader in project management, engineering, procurement and construction, has been selected by WSA Co as its Delivery Partner and Project Manager (Definition) for the Western Sydney Airport, a $5.3 billion greenfield facility in Badgerys Creek, New South Wales. This will be a landmark project for both New South Wales and Australia, and is due for completion at the end of 2026.


Western Sydney Airport will provide much-needed additional aviation capacity to meet growing demand in the Sydney basin and improve access to flights for people in Western Sydney. One of Australia's most significant infrastructure projects in decades, the international and domestic airport will open in 2026, bringing social and economic prosperity to the Western Sydney region. Learn more about this exciting project at the following: 


Infrastructure Global Business Unit:

Infrastructure is not just about physical assets, such as roads and bridges. It is also about providing people with the power, clean water, communications, and mobility that they need. With the world population expected to reach more than 9 billion by 2050, purposeful, smartly, and sustainably designed infrastructure will become critical to expanding society’s access to public goods and innovations that advance individual and community capacity, well-being, national economic growth, and overall prosperity. 

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The Workplace Relations Advisor is responsible to support Bechtel, WSA Co and Principal contractor Project supervision in effecting good day to day employee relations environment, including:

constant liaison with and provision of support to (Project) Supervisors and Superintendents of Bechtel and Principle contractors to affect a consistent approach to the compliance with Workplace laws and contractual requirements (whilst preserving the responsibility of all Principal contractor’s), and; liaison with Project principal contractor’s nominated Workplace Relations representatives to the extent necessary to affect a good day to day employee relations environment.



A    Supervision Received

  • Reports to and receives operational and functional guidance from the Project Workplace Relations Manager.


B    Contacts

  • Day to day operational contact with Bechtel and WSA Co supervision, management, WHS representatives, contracts, HR.
  • Day to day operational contact with Principal contractor supervision; WR team members, and training & development team.
  • Day to day operational / functional contact with Bechtel Workplace Relations team members & Workplace Relations Manager.




The Workplace Relations representative is principally responsible for:

  • Understanding and personally complying with Project environmental, safety and health philosophy, systems and requirements.
  • Pro-actively supporting the implementation of the Project’s environmental, safety and health systems by:
  • Attending Pre-Start and Tool Box meetings;
  • Immediately correcting observed breaches, unsafe acts or conditions;
  • (In the event that correction is not possible) Reporting observed breaches, unsafe acts or conditions.
  • Attend Principle Contractor progress meetings as a representative of Workplace Relations.
  • Assist with the coordination (e.g booking and confirmation) of the Project orientation with the Bechtel WHS training and Principle contractor representatives.
  • Assist with the accurate data collection and reporting of the Project Workforce Initiative Targets.
  • Conduct periodic audits of Principle contractor Workforce Initiative data collected for verification.
  • Assist with the collation, formatting and reporting on Workplace Relations for Project monthly report.
  • Maintenance of industrial relations statistics and logs.
  • Conduct periodic audits of compliance on Principal Contractor
    • Workplace Relations Management Plans.
    • Indigenous Participation Plans.
    • Workforce Development and Engagement Plans.

      And report on findings and corrective actions to the Workplace Relations Manager.

  • Audit Principal contractor on site facilities including crib and ablutions.
  • Monitoring and Identification of potential and emerging areas of poor employee relations and industrial relations performance and elevate to Workplace Relations Manager
  • Ensuring compliance, and support to Bechtel and Principal Contractor Supervision/Management in the consistent application of the Contractor’s Workplace Relations Contractual requirements.
  • Assist with the development of the Project specific Workplace Relations procedures and process.
  • Assist where necessary in presentation of the workplace relations component of the Project Orientation.
  • Collation and maintenance of workplace relations reporting and statistical information.
  • Assist Communication Manager with effective communications and reward & recognition initiatives.
  • Other tasks as designated by the Workplace Relations Manager.



 The Workplace Relations Advisor shall be knowledgeable and/or experienced in:


  • Major project construction Employee / Industrial Relations in a unionised environment;
  • Knowledge of Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth), Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (NSW) Building Construction industry (Improving Productivity) Act 2016 and The Code for Tendering and Performance of Building Work 2016
  • Ability to interpret industrial agreement terms, conditions, & remuneration;
  • Ability to liaise with workforce at all levels & supervision providing support and advice in the interpretation and application of Workplace laws;
  • Must speak English and hold excellent communication skills written and verbal.
  • Must be authorized to work in Australia without sponsorship.




Shaping tomorrow together

Bechtel is among the most respected engineering, project management, and construction companies in the world. We stand apart for our ability to get the job done right—no matter how big, how complex, or how remote. Bechtel operates through four global business units that specialize in infrastructure; mining and metals; nuclear, security and environmental; and oil, gas, and chemicals. Since its founding in 1898, Bechtel has worked on more than 25,000 projects in 160 countries on all seven continents. Today, our 53,000 colleagues team with customers, partners, and suppliers on diverse projects in nearly 40 countries.


An Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without
regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected
veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.