Through a partnership of governments, employers and employees, Safe Work Australia drives national policy development on work health and safety and workers’ compensation matters and specifically to:
- achieve significant and continual reductions in the incidence of death, injury and disease in the workplace
- achieve national uniformity of the work health and safety legislative framework complemented by a nationally consistent approach to compliance policy and enforcement policy, and
- improve national workers’ compensation arrangements.
Safe Work Australia is an inclusive, tripartite body comprising 15 members, including an independent Chair, nine members representing the Commonwealth and each State and Territory, two representing the interests of workers, two representing the interests of employers and the Chief Executive Officer of Safe Work Australia.
Safe Work Australia Members
|Name and biography||Representing|
|Ms Ann Sherry AO - Chair|
|Mr John Watson||New South Wales|
|Ms Denise Cosgrove||Victoria|
|Mr Simon Blackwood||Queensland|
|Mr Bryan Russell||South Australia|
|Mr Brian Bradley||Western Australia|
|Ms Fiona Barbaro||ACT|
|Mr Martin Shirley||Tasmania|
|Mr Doug Phillips||Northern Territory|
|Ms Kylie Emery||Commonwealth|
|Mr Michael Borowick||Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU)|
|Mr Andrew Dettmer||Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU)|
|Ms Carolyn Davis||Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI)|
|Mr Mark Goodsell||Australian Industry Group|
|Ms Michelle Baxter - A/g Chief Executive Officer||Safe Work Australia|
 Martin Shirley has been appointed the member’s substitute while a permanent appointment is processed as per section 36 of the Safe Work Australia Act 2008.