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      Health and Safety NEBOSH

      Hi Guys/Girls

      Iím new to the site and seeking some advice, regarding occupational health and safety jobs, NEBOSH Diploma qualified.

      Iím currently working in the Middle East as an HSE manager, but in the coming months me and my wife are looking to migrate to OZ for work.

      I am now starting to panic as my qualification( NEBOSH International Diploma) doesnít seem to be recognised in Australia, even thou itís the most recognised professional safety qualification throughout the world and is the equivalent to a degree in the UK.

      I was wondering if there are any other safety professionals here with the same qualifications that found work in OZ. Iíve just finished the course which has been painful for the last 1 and half years. The thought of having to start all over again by doing a recognised diploma in Australia is making me sick.

      My wife is also a secondary school English teacher looking for work and again was hoping someone might be to give some advice on her finding work.

      We were looking at Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne or Perth whichever one has the best opportunities.

      Hope you can help.

      Mark

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      I am a HSE Officer in Perth. You will have to get AUS certified to practice out here, luckily you should get a cert 1V done relatively quickly once out here. Once here you can get qualified through TAFE or various agencies.

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      Hi Mark

      I've moved to Sydney nearly 2 months ago and have a NEBOSH cert and diploma as well as 4 yrs of experience in H&S.

      I've finally got to the offer stage with jobs and found that although all of the job adverts ask for Australian qualifications, they all accept the NEBOSH ones if you explain what they are in your cover letter and interviews. There are a couple of extra 2 day courses you can do especially if you're going to be involved in any training or return to work but other than that noones asked me to do any extra courses. Ive been told the australian cert 4 is a lower level qualification than the NEBOSH cert.

      The main problem with getting a job is lack of experience of working in Australia. There are lots of OHS roles out here but the recruitment process is very slow with a lot of companies. The salaries are very good though.

      Good luck!

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      [QUOTE=MarkFHenry;1164201]Hi Guys/Girls

      Iím new to the site and seeking some advice, regarding occupational health and safety jobs, NEBOSH Diploma qualified.

      Iím currently working in the Middle East as an HSE manager, but in the coming months me and my wife are looking to migrate to OZ for work.

      I am now starting to panic as my qualification( NEBOSH International Diploma) doesnít seem to be recognised in Australia, even thou itís the most recognised professional safety qualification throughout the world and is the equivalent to a degree in the UK.

      I was wondering if there are any other safety professionals here with the same qualifications that found work in OZ. Iíve just finished the course which has been painful for the last 1 and half years. The thought of having to start all over again by doing a recognised diploma in Australia is making me sick.

      My wife is also a secondary school English teacher looking for work and again was hoping someone might be to give some advice on her finding work.

      We were looking at Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne or Perth whichever one has the best opportunities.

      Hope you can help.

      Mark

      Hi Suziem

      Your a legend, I might actually get some sleep tonight.

      I also have the NEBOSH Construction cert and have literally just finished the NEBOSH International Diploma, one of the main reasons I could of cried having to start more courses so soon after completing this one. As you will know it takes up your life.

      Are you working in construction?
      Did you register with agencies and get many interviews
      How long did it take you to get a job?

      Sorry for all the questions but its a big move want to make sure we have a chance, as im leaving a secure job to risk it.

      Its strange how NEBOSH isnt recognised, as I was told there legislations, regs etc. are all taking from the Health and Safety at Work act. 1974. They are also advertising in the SHP magazine and newspapers in the UK regarding skilled migration for safety professionals. How would we get a job if NEBOSH isnt recognised.

      Is there an enforcing authority such as the HSE or an institution such as IOSH were further advice could be found on the suitabilty of NEBOSH quals.

      Hopefully some governing body will make it more offical soon.

      Kind Regards
      Mark

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      Hi Mark

      Glad to be of some help :)

      I've worked in retail, manufacturing and logsitics so no construction which was a bit of a shame as there are loads of construction jobs over here! They certainly pay the most money too. If you go on seek.com.au which is where I found most of the jobs I applied for, that should give you a good idea of what's out here.

      It can be really dautning leaving a stable job to come over here. I had the best job ever back in the UK it was hardly like going to work- we had guitar hero set up in the meeting rooms, loads of free products and a really great atmosphere. It was a tough call to decide to head over but my partner had been promoted and it was a great opportunity.

      The recruitment process is quite slow over here, I started applying for jobs the day after we arrived and it took about a month and a half for me to secure a job, however with that job it was only about 2 weeks between me applying and being offered a job. It was a real waiting game to secure interviews but I ended up going from nothing to having 4 interviews in one week and being offered them all!

      There are lots of agencies out here. I registered with 3, one found me no jobs but I had interviews with a couple of them. Hays have a really big presence in H&S recruitment over here and there are other specialist H&S recruiters too.

      They're going through a massive change in H&S legislation at the moment which comes into force in Jan 2012. At the moment, each state has its own H&S legislation so for companies that operate Australia wide, this can be a bit of a pain. So a new act is coming in called the Work Health and Safety Act which will cover all states. It's my understanding that similar to the EU directives, it is open to some interpretation between the states but they should be much more aligned. This process change is called OHS harmonisation which is a good thing to know about if you're going to be applying for anything because its a bit of a buzz word at the moment.

      There is no HSE but each state has its own enforcing authority/regulator who can offer improvement notices and prohibition notices much like the EHOs and HSE can in the UK. One massive difference between the UK and Oz is their worker's compensation. If anyone has an accident where they are off work, they can very easily put a claim in for compensation. If you go onto the work cover website, they have a lot of legislation, info about the compensation processes and enforcement as well as the new legislation http://www.workcover.nsw.gov.au/Pages/default.aspx. This is just the website for NSW so the other states will have similar. I've heard South Australia has the most picky regulator

      A lot of the actual act is the same but the codes of practice are generally much less specific than the UK. There are not as many codes of practice and they are very similar like noise exposure limits and heights of handrails, numbers of toilets etc.

      NEBOSH is recognised as a good qualification to have but its not something that you would ever see on a job advert. However, if something asks for the Australian Dip, that's about NEBOSH diploma level.

      There is the Safety Institute of Australia and the National Safety Council of Australia who might be able to provide more advice but I really wouldn't worry about whether NEBOSH is recognised or not too much. It may not be formally recognised but most employers are aware of it and accept it as a good level of qualification. They will be more interested in your experience.

      If you do get to the stage of applying for jobs, make sure on your CV you don't use too many english abrieviations like CDM as they won't know what it is here.

      I hope that's been helpful. If you have any more questions, feel free to ask away

      Suzie

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      Hi

      I found this thread very interesting,my wife sue and I are moving over to Perth in December. I work as a Health and safety advisor for a large construction company,having read a few posts from some time ago and doing a fair bit of research I decided to enrol in a distance learning course for the OHS Level IV. I currently hold NEBOSH General and Construction certificates as well as a few IOSH courses.

      Should anyone have any links to recruiters in Perth I would be very grateful.

      Hope this thread keeps going as its becoming very useful.

      Thanks

      Simon

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      I totally sympathise with your situation Mark as I too have found it frustrating that a highly sought after H&S qualififctaion such as the NEBOSH Diploma is not recognised in Australia (at least not without a massively long explanation).

      I submitted a skills assessment application to VETASSESS based on my NEBOSH Diploma and the fact that I a a Chartered Professional member fo both IOSH and the SIA as well as a RSP with the SIA all of which VETASSESS assessed negatively for migration purposes. Apparently the NEBOSH Diploma is assessed at no higher than an Australian Diploma (not Advanced Diploma or Degree) which falls below the qualification requirements for a positive skills assessment for migration purposes where the requirements is at least Australian Bachelors Degree level.

      That leaves the only option for migrating to OZ as being the employer sponsored 457 temporary residency visa.

      On the plus side there seems to be quite a few Australian employers lookign to recruit UK trained and experienced H&S professionals to work in the booming mining, oil & gas industry.

      I am in talks with a few employers in Perth and things are looking quite positive at this stage but as mentioned by someone else in this thread the Australian recruitmenrt process is painfully slow!

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      On a slighly different note, can anyone currenty working in the construction, mining, oil & gas industry in Australia as a H&S professional shd any light on the main differences in day to day job and any accontabilities assigned to the job?

      I have heard (with a pinch of salt) that it is usually the H&S advisor/manager/coordinator who usually gets put in front of the firing squad following any accident/indicent. Is there any more truth in this than what we can currently expect from working in a similar role here in the UK?

      Thanks

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      Some of the jobs here requiring a Dip level qualification also like a Training and Assessment Certificate to train staff in OHS (or as someone has already pointed out WHS as it is soon to be called here). I have just upgraded to have a career change, and am doing the Cert IV Training and Assessment to go with the Diploma OHS.
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      don't know much about the H&S side of things, but your wife will need to get her skills reassessed by the state teaching board of whatever state you go to, or if shes the main applicant get them assessed by AITSL first then the state, she'll prob need a first aid certifcate and maybe sit the IELTS english test

     

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