Category 1 - Best Workplace Health and Safety Management System


This award recognises demonstrated commitment to continuous improvement of workplace health and safety through the implementation of an integrated systems approach.

State Water Corporation

New South Wales

State Water is New South Wales' rural bulk water delivery business that operates major infrastructure to deliver bulk water to approximately 6300 licenced water users together with associated environmental flows.

In 2009 a management restructure resulted in State Water’s leadership team moving the work health and safety culture from a compliance focus to an integral part of the organisation's corporate culture.

The foundation of State Water’s work health and safety activities was the creation of the Work Health and Safety Management System Procedural Manual. Improvements have also been made in relation to increased auditing processes, the induction and orientation of new workers and the involvement of senior management.

Establishing the new safety culture has substantially reduced workers’ lost time injury frequency rates, the number of workplace claims and the costs of premiums.

Veolia Australia and New Zealand

New South Wales

Veolia Australia and New Zealand has over 40 years industry experience in implementing effective, innovative and sustainable environmental solutions to municipal, industrial and commercial sectors.

To improve safety awareness and to eliminate injuries within Veolia’s NSW operations, the Always Safe – No Compromise’ safety system was developed. This system consists of six key principles and requires a commitment from all workers to take responsibility for their own safety. The importance of the Always Safe message is emphasised by regular visible leadership activities, increased safety training and a strong focus on hazard and risk mitigation across all operations.

The implementation of Always Safe has reinforced the importance of safety both at home and within the workplace. Always Safe has been critical in reducing injuries and has led to Veolia NSW achieving their lowest ever rolling lost time injury frequency rate in 2013. While there has been an increase in hazard/near misses reported in the organisation, this has resulted in a significant reduction in injuries across the workplace.



Queensland Bulk Water Supply Authority, trading as Seqwater, provides a safe, secure and reliable water supply to South East Queensland.

In 2013, Seqwater’s safety management system evolved from a collection of procedures to their current integrated safety management system that suits the nature and scale of Seqwater’s operations.

Seqwater’s safety management system now consists of a framework with five areas and 16 sub-elements, each aligned to the Australian Standard for Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems. The framework provides the purpose and scope of the system. The management system shows a commitment to continual improvement, the inclusion of a strong safety culture and mechanisms, tools and procedures to make Seqwater a safe place for workers.

The implementation of Seqwater's safety management system has led to a positive safety culture and robust risk management. The number of workplace injuries across Seqwater’s workforce has consequently reduced.

George Weston Foods - Tip Top South Australia

South Australia

George Weston Foods – Tip Top (GWFTT) has more than 200 workers and provides the overarching health and safety management system and relevant support structures for Tip Top South Australia.

In 2013 GWFTT established a new work health and safety management system which has created a strong commitment to consultation and achievement of best practice standards.

GWFTT’s commitment to a positive safety culture, together with improvements made to bread stack heights and a new service tag system has led to a 60 per cent reduction in workers injuries, reductions in lost time injury rates and a reduction of the seriousness of injuries and WorkCover premiums.

Tasmanian Health Organisation - North


Tasmanian Health Organisation – North has a workforce of 2800 workers and includes the Launceston General Hospital, Primary Health hospitals and community centres in the north of Tasmania.

Tasmanian Health Organisation first implemented the work health and safety management system Let’s switch on safety, in July 2010. Updated annually, the work health and safety management system and associated plans are reviewed and endorsed by the Tasmanian Health Organisation – North’s Work Health Safety & Wellbeing Committee which includes representation from workers and volunteers. Regular forums are held to discuss the program with the 40 Health and Safety Representatives across the organisation.

Since the implementation of Let’s switch on safety, the organisation has improved lost time injury rates by 16 per cent. This is better than the next performing Tasmanian Health Organisation. Workers Compensation claims have also reduced from $1.6 million for 2011 - 2012 to $725 000 for 2012 - 2013.

VEC Civil Engineering Pty Ltd


VEC Civil Engineering Pty Ltd is recognised as a leader in bridge design and construction, road and rail work, civil construction, water infrastructure and steel fabrication services in Tasmania.

In the past five years VEC has expanded from 60 workers to 200 workers. This has placed a strain on the company’s individual health, safety, environmental and quality (HSEQ) systems and processes.

As a result VEC integrated various procedures, documents, databases and other resources into one consistent HSEQ system. The HSEQ system embraces new technology, reflects the organisation’s current operations and is flexible enough to handle future growth. The new system has also seen the inclusion of VECSAFE, an electronic version of the HSEQ software management system.

VEC has seen significant improvements since the implementation of the HSEQ system including the reduction of insurance premiums and lost time injury frequency rates across the organisation.

Technology Assisting Disability WA

Western Australia

Technology Assisting Disability Western Australia’s (TADWA) workforce is made up of people with disabilities, able-bodied volunteers and paid staff who improve the quality and enjoyment of life for people with disabilities, the frail aged and those caring for them through the application of technology and the skills of volunteers and workers.

TADWA implemented the work safety and health system which includes a number of work health and safety policies, customised work stations, new workshop areas, a handbook detailing TADWA’s commitment to the work health and safety policy, and various meetings established to discuss relevant policies and issues or concerns raised by workers and management.

The implementation of these initiatives has seen improvements made across the organisation. There has been a decrease in the number of incident reports and workers' compensation claims. Improvements have also been made with the Senior Management Team and the Board of Management who are now committed to the success of the system amongst workers.

Western Australia Police

Western Australia

The Western Australia (WA) Police is made up of a team of 6075 police officers and 2093 police workers spread across metropolitan and regional areas in Western Australia.

Following a number of external audits, it was determined in 2013 that an Occupational Safety and Health Management System was required for an agency-wide integrated approach to improve and manage safety amongst its officers.

WA Police have seen significant improvements in work health and safety since the implementation of the system. This has been demonstrated through police officers being proactive in establishing lead indicators for injury prevention, monitoring improvements using lag indicators, managing safety and health risks associated across the police force and an increase in safety awareness. A number of police officers have been awarded a silver certificate of achievement against the WorkSafe Plan and the WA Police safety management system receiving certification in line with AS4801 and ISO18001.

303 Squadron Australian Air Force Cadets


303 Squadron Australian Air Force Cadets is the only Squadron in the south-western metropolitan area of Sydney. It is overseen by 12 workers who provide the 75 Cadets (aged 13 to 20 years) with opportunities to participate in safely-conducted challenging and adventurous Air Force based activities.

The Cadets developed an Air Force Safety Management System supported by a Work Health and Safety Policy Statement, regular meetings, workplace inspections and various work health and safety tools.

303 Squadron has seen significant improvements across the squadron with the implementation of the system. The Cadets now have their own meetings each week where safety issues are discussed, weekly reports are provided to all workers, and a hazard report form is provided to cadets to complete and submit. The success of the system has resulted in the work health and safety model rolled out to 164 other Cadet units.


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