Work Safety and Injury Management

The ACT Public Sector Workplace Health and Safety Policy Statement, POL 2012/01' articulates the ongoing commitment to the health, safety and well-being of al ACT Government workers. The policy statement can be located via the following link:

01/2012 - Workplace Health and Safety Policy Statement [pdf PDF 126KB]

Injury Management

ACT Public Service workers are covered for workers' compensation under the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (Commonwealth) which is administered by Comcare in partnership with the ACT Government.

The legislation can be accessed via the following link: external link

Charter of Partnership between Comcare and the ACT Public Service

A Charter of Partnership (the Charter) has been developed between Comcare and the ACT Public Service which outlines the relevant roles and responsibilities of the two organisations and the goals to be achieved in the injury management and rehabilitation of injured workers.

The Charter can be accessed via the following link:

Charter of Partnership Between Comcare and the ACT Public Service 2011-2013 [pdf PDF 1.3MB]

Policy - WHS 07/11 Managing Injury and Illness in the Workplace

A whole-of-government policy has been developed to provide guidance to ACT Government directorates on managing and supporting workers who experience injury or illness in the workplace.

The policy can be accessed via the following link:

WHS-7/11 Managing Injury and Illness in the Workplace [pdf PDF 198KB]

Work Safety

New Legislation

All workers in the ACT are covered under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 which commenced from 1 January 2012. This new legislative framework was developed in line with the national harmonization of work safety laws and can be accessed via the following link: img-icn-extlink

The Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 was also introduced from 1 January 2012 to underpin the Act and provides additional details on the safety requirements around specific issues such as workplace arrangements, facilities, high risk work, contracting and performing manual tasks at work and can be accessed via the following link: external link

Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to a range of frequently asked questions about the new legislation have been prepared and can be accessed via the following link:

Frequently Asked Questions for ACT Public Sector Workers - Work Health and Safety Act 2011 [pdf PDF 164KB]

The information may be helpful to you but if you have any other questions that are not covered in this section please contact the Workplace Injury Performance unit within the Chief Minister and Cabinet Directorate on 6207 2178 or 6207 8792.

Accident/Incident Reporting

The Work Injury Reporting system makes it easy to report workplace incidents which have or could cause personal harm.

All work-related accidents/incidents and 'near misses' must be reported within 48 hours.

  1. Specifically, 'accidents' and 'incidents' to be reported are any workplace event that:
    • endangers the health or safety of a person
    • results in injury or disease, however minor, including dangerous occurrences.
  2. Such events include, but are not limited to situations that:
    • affect, or have the potential to affect the psychological health of a person
    • result in acute physical injury or a physical injury that has developed over time
    • involve a narrow escape (or 'near miss') which could cause future harm in a similar incident.

The Workplace Health and Safety Policy Statement on Accident/Incident Reporting and investigation can be found at the
link below.

WHS-05/11 Accident/Incident Reporting and Investigation [pdf PDF 129KB]

ACT Work Safety Council

The Work Safety Council replaced the prior Occupational Health and Safety Council on 1 October 2009. Under the Work
Safety Act 2008, the Minister for Industrial Relations appoints Council Members on a part time basis for up to three years.

The Council is comprised of thirteen members: four members representing employees, four members representing employers, four other members appointed by the Minister and the ACT Work Safety Commissioner (formerly Occupational Health and Safety Commissioner).

The Work Safety Council advised the Minister for Industrial Relations on Work Safety, Workers' Compensation and Dangerous Substances legislation, approval of Codes of Practice and Protocols, Education and Training and promotion of Work Safety.

A list of Work Safety Council members may be obtained by contacting the Office of Industrial Relations Work Safety Policy team.

ACT Public Sector Work Safety Policies

ACT Public Service work safety policies are approved by the Commissioner for Public Administration and provide information and practical guidance to assist public sector agencies and instrumentalities in meeting their workplace safety responsibilities. For access to these policies see link below.

ACT Public Service OHS Policies

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