Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012-2022
The Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012-2022 (the Australian Strategy) provides a 10 year national framework to drive improvements in workplace health and safety in Australia.
The Australian Strategy has been formally endorsed by Workplace Relations Ministers, ACTU, Ai Group and ACCI and on 31 October 2012 was launched at Parliament House.
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Australians deserve healthy, safe and productive working lives. But achieving the vision of the Australian Strategy depends on the efforts of everyone with a stake in work health and safety. View further information about implementing the Australian Strategy.
The Australian Strategy is the result of a nation-wide consultation process and builds on the previous National Occupational Health and Safety Strategy 2002-2012 (National OHS Strategy). View further information about the consultation process.
Copies of the Australian Strategy are available:
- Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012-2022
- Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012-2022 fact sheet
A copy of the previous National OHS Strategy is also available:
The Australian Strategy vision
Two principles shape the Australian Strategies vision of healthy, safe and productive working lives.
The first: all workers regardless of their occupation or how they are engaged have the right to a healthy and safe working environment. The second: well-designed, healthy and safe work will allow workers to have more productive working lives.
Over the next decade the vision aims to reduce the human and financial cost of work-related injuries and illness. Figures released by Safe Work Australia estimate the cost associated with work-related injury and illness to be more than $60 billion dollars per year. View the Cost of Work-related Injury and Illness report
To achieve the vision, the Australian Strategy sets out four outcomes to be achieved by 2022:
- reduced incidence of work-related death, injury and illness achieved by
- reduced exposure to hazards and risks using
- improved hazard controls and supported by
- an improved work health and safety infrastructure.
The four outcomes will be supported through seven Action Areas:
- Healthy and safe by design
- Supply chains and networks
- Health and safety capabilities
- Leadership and culture
- Research and evaluation
- Government, and
- Responsive and effective regulatory framework.
Implementing the Australian Strategy
The Australian Strategy has been designed for everyone who influences work health and safety.
Work health and safety regulators, government agencies, national industry bodies and unions will play a key role in co-ordinating the implementation of actions under the Australian Strategy.
View further information about work health and safety programs and activities.
Individual organisations and workplaces, professional associations and interest groups are encouraged to co-operate and work together to improve work health and safety in a practical way. See how organisations are getting involved.
In the first 5 years of the Australian Strategy one major focus will be on reducing fatalities in the agriculture and road freight transport industries. View further information about priority industries
Six work-related disorders have been identified as national priorities. They have been chosen based on the severity of their effect on workers, and the number of workers affected by them.
View further information about priority disorders.
Background to the Australian Strategy
A key function of Safe Work Australia as set out in the Safe Work Australia Act 2008 is to revise and further develop the National OHS Strategy. The Australian Strategy builds on the work of the National OHS Strategy and sets a framework for improving work health and safety for the next decade.
Safe Work Australia worked with a range of stakeholders to develop the Australian Work Strategy. Workshops were held around Australia between May and September 2011.
The feedback from this consultation process was used to inform a draft of the Australian Strategy. The draft was released for public comment on 26 March for eight weeks.
Following consideration of the public comment the Australian Strategy was finalised and agreed by Safe Work Australia Members in June 2012.
The Australian Strategy has been formally endorsed by Workplace Relations Ministers, ACTU, Ai Group and ACCI and on 31 October 2012 was launched at Parliament House. View further information about the consultation process.
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