Who we work with
Safe Work Australia works with government and non-government organisations to achieve the best possible approach to work health and safety for all Australian workers and workplaces.
The ‘who we work with’ section provides general information about Safe Work Australia’s work with these organisations.
The contact details of work health and safety regulators are available in this section to assist with work health and safety and workers’ compensation regulatory enquiries.
Work health and safety regulators
Safe Work Australia is an independent Australian Government Statutory body developing national policy on work health and safety and workers’ compensation. Safe Work Australia does not have responsibility for regulating work health and safety laws. Find out more about Safe Work Australia’s role and functions.
It is the responsibility of the Commonwealth, states and territories to regulate and enforce work health and safety in their jurisdiction.
Please contact your local work health and safety regulator for information and advice on:
- Complying with work health and safety laws.
- Reporting a workplace incident.
- Renewing or applying for licences.
- Injury and workers’ compensation claims.
- Workers’ compensation insurance and premiums.
- Registration and notification of plant and plant designs.
- Health and safety representative training.
- Work health and safety training and assessment.
Unions and Employer Associations
Workers and employers are the groups most directly affected by national policy on work health and safety and workers’ compensation developed by Safe Work Australia. Safe Work Australia works closely with unions and employer associations to ensure the valuable insight and perspective of employers and workers are taken into consideration in the development of national policy.
Unions and employers associations are represented on Safe Work Australia by:
- The Australian Council of Trade Unions
- The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and
- The Australian Industry Group
Safe Work Australia also works closely with a large number of government and non-government organisations across Australia on specific policy issues relating to work health and safety and workers’ compensation.
Safe Work Australia participates in a range of international activities and works closely with international organisations to improve national and international outcomes in work health and safety.
The National Workers' Memorial
The National Workers Memorial will honour and pay tribute to those working Australians who have lost their lives through work-related incidents, injury and illness. Located in Kings Park, on the northern shores of Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra, the National Workers Memorial is scheduled to be completed in time for International Workers' Memorial Day, 28 April 2013.
Australian Forum of Explosive Regulators
The Australian Forum of Explosive Regulators (AFER) is a government cooperative forum reporting to the Select Council on Workplace Relations (SCWR). AFER’s key function is to develop of nationally consistent explosives legislation regulation including harmonisation through Safe Work Australia.
Safe Work Australia provides the secretariat function for AFER.
Australian Mesothelioma Registry (AMR)
The AMR is a standalone database which contains information about people with mesothelioma. The database is managed by the Cancer Institute of NSW in collaboration with the Monash Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health. Safe Work Australia along with Comcare provides funding for the AMR.