ACT Work Safety Council - Strategic Business Plan 2017

Work Safety Council's purpose/legislative mandate

The Council will inquire into, and report on, workers’ compensation and work safety matters referred to it by the Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations.  It will also advise the Minister on workers’ compensation and work safety matters generally.

Guiding principles

Council advices and activities will be:

  • evidence based;
  • outcome driven; and
  • designed to assist industry and government to increase their capacity to prevent and manage work injuries.

Targets

The Council’s activities will support ACT achievement of National WHS Strategy 2012-22 targets:

  1. a reduction of at least 20 per cent in the number of worker fatalities due to injury;
  2. a reduction of at least 30 per cent in the incidence rate of claims resulting in one or more weeks off work;  and
  3. a reduction of at least 30 per cent in the incidence rate of claims for musculoskeletal disorders resulting in one or more weeks off work.

Priority industries

The Council will have a particular focus on the following industries, which are based on the national priority industries, adjusted for the Territory’s industry profile and performance:

  • construction;
  • health care and human services;
  • accommodation and food services;
  • public administration; and
  • education.

2017 Priority areas and flagship activities

Strategic priorityActions

1. Advise on the effectiveness of the WHS and Injury Management regulatory frameworks and make recommendations for how they might be made more effective and efficient.

  • Provide advice to inform the position of Government, union and employer Safe Work Committee representatives on the development and review of national WHS and Injury Management (IM) laws.
  • Consider and provide feedback on all proposed amendments to the Territory’s WHS and IM legislation, including any new public sector workers’ compensation laws.
  • Contribute to Safe Work Australia review of the Code of Practice on Workplace Consultation.

2. Inquire and advise on issues identified by the Minister, including:

  • Insecure work, including  labour hire industry compliance with safety and IM
  • Getting Home Safely  – implementation of recommendations and advice on potential new actions
  • Asbestos exposure
  • Occupational violence
  • Identify and advise on safety and injury management issues associated with insecure work arrangements, including consideration of the findings of inter-state inquiries into labour hire industry compliance and recommend appropriate regulatory responses.
  • Convene a sub-committee to consider occupational violence risk levels, industry performance and make recommendations for improving relevant:
    • regulatory frameworks; and
    • employer risk management.
  • Construction industry sub-committee to advise on Getting Home Safely and asbestos safety issues including the risk of importation of asbestos contaminated materials to the ACT.

3. Promote strong industry leadership and injury management/safety awareness within industry and government

  • Advise on the development and public distribution of work safety data and performance reports.
  • Advise on regulatory arrangements pertaining to work safety training, including training for HSRs and vulnerable workers.
  • Members consult with represented parties and actively promote Council activities with represented parties.
  • Advise the Work Safety Commissioner on compliance and enforcement policies, including significant changes to compliance and enforcement policies.
  • Inquire and recommend improvements to the Minister on improving industry management of psychological injury and bullying and harassment risks.