Safe Work Australia Operational Plan 2016-2017
Safe Work Australia is the body leading the development of national policy to improve work health and safety and workers' compensation across Australia. The interests of the Commonwealth, states and territories as well as workers and employers in Australia are all represented. Together we will work to achieve healthier, safer and more productive workplaces through improvements to Australian work health and safety and workers' compensation arrangements.
This plan describes the activities to be undertaken by Safe Work Australia in performing its statutory functions during 2016–2017, within the total operating budget of $19.877 million. The activities give effect to the strategies outlined in the Safe Work Australia Corporate Plan 2015–2019.
In 2016 and 2017 Safe Work Australia will:
- Coordinate and report on the progress of national activities being implemented to assist in the achievement of the outcomes and targets outlined in the Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012–2022 (Strategies 1 and 5).
- Develop and deliver high-quality, innovative and engaging material and undertake activities that:
- improve work health and safety capability (Strategies 2 and 5)
- integrate work health and safety into normal business practices (Strategies 2 and 5), and
- provide accessible, effective and practical information to aid understanding and compliance particularly for individuals and small business (Strategy 5).
- Collect, maintain, improve and report on national work health and safety and workers' compensation data (Strategy 3).
- Undertake and disseminate research and analysis on emerging work health and safety and workers compensation issues to identify new priorities and areas for policy and program development (Strategy 3 and 4).
- Monitor, evaluate and remove unnecessary regulation to enhance the model work health and safety laws to improve safety outcomes and address issues impeding the effective and efficient operation of the laws (Strategies 3, 4 and 5).
- Improve workers’ compensation arrangements with a particular focus on improving return to work outcomes (Strategy 6).
- Develop and progress policy proposals that will lead to nationally consistent explosives regulation (Strategy 7).
- Work with other countries or international organisations and represent Australia at relevant forums (as appropriate) to share data, information and/or knowledge and harness international learnings on work health and safety and workers' compensation matters (Strategy 8).
The effectiveness of the strategies in assisting to reduce death, injury and disease and towards meeting the outcome of healthier, safer and more productive workplaces will be measured through systematic review and evaluation.
Performance measures are included in the 2016–2017 Safe Work Australia Portfolio Budget Statements and reported in the Safe Work Australia Annual Report.
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View previous Operational plans
- Safe Work Australia Act 2008
- Safe Work Australia Strategic Plan 2013–2016
- Data and Analysis Work Plan 2014–2015
- Research and Evaluation Work Plan 2014-2015
- Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012–2022
- 2014-2015 Safe Work Australia Budget Statements