Safe Work Australia Members' Meeting 16

Safe Work Australia Members met in Sydney today. Members noted the retirement of Safe Work Australia Chief Executive Officer, Rex Hoy. Members thanked him for his contribution to the establishment of Safe Work Australia and work on the development of the model work health and safety (WHS) laws.

Members congratulated Michelle Baxter on her appointment as Acting Chief Executive Officer of Safe Work Australia and welcomed her to the meeting.

Key outcomes of the meeting are below.

Progress on implementing the model WHS laws
Members discussed the implementation of the model WHS laws and considered a request by the Select Council on Workplace Relations (Select Council) to provide advice to Ministers on proposed amendments to the Queensland Work Health and Safety Act 2011 and associated regulations. Safe Work Australia will report back to the Select Council.

The Commonwealth circulated draft Terms of Reference for the 2014 Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Review of model WHS laws for discussion by Members. The Commonwealth will progress the draft Terms of Reference to the Select Council following comment from Members.

Workplace bullying
Members agreed by majority to publish the Guide for Preventing and Responding to Workplace Bullying together with a guide for workers Workplace Bullying – A Worker’s Guide. The guides will be published on by the end of November 2013.

These will be the first versions of the guides.

Revised model Code of Practice: Construction Work
Members noted that following public comment and further consultation, the model Code of Practice: Construction Work has been revised to incorporate guidance on housing construction work to provide further assistance to the housing construction industry.

Members agreed by majority to publish the revised model Code of Practice: Construction Work. The model Code will be published on

Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012 -2022 (Australian Strategy)
Members noted initiatives they are undertaking to implement the Australian Strategy.

Members agreed to progress two national collaborative projects under the Australian Strategy Action Areas of Leadership and Culture and Healthy and Safe by Design.

Members also agreed to publish the guide Measuring progress: Reducing the incidence of work-related death, injury and illness. The guide outlines how progress against the Australian Strategy targets will be measured. It will be published on

Safe Work Australia Awards
Members agreed to review the annual Safe Work Australia Awards including format, categories, criteria and alignment with state work health and safety awards. A report with recommendations will be provided to Members for consideration in early 2014.

Next meeting
The next meeting of Safe Work Australia will be held in early 2014.

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