The scheduled mid-term review of the Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012-2022 (the Strategy) was completed in 2017.

The review examined:

  • progress against the Strategy’s targets
  • how the Strategy has influenced WHS activities
  • whether the key elements of the Strategy can continue to drive safety improvements, and
  • the areas of WHS that require greater attention over the next five years to achieve the Strategy’s vision.

The review consulted a wide range of stakeholders and found that the Strategy is being used as intended, that it is appropriately flexible to meet the needs of a range of stakeholders, and sufficiently robust to accommodate the changing employment and industrial landscape until 2022.

Safe Work Australia Members considered the 14 findings of the mid-term review and published a formal response that outlines measures to ensure the Strategy continues to guide the achievement of improvements in WHS outcomes over the life of the Strategy. 

Key areas of focus over the remaining five years of the Strategy include: 

  • undertaking detailed analysis of the causes and controls of work-related fatalities, injuries and illnesses, with an initial focus on the agriculture industry and musculoskeletal disorders
  • exploring the feasibility of national lead indicators to support improved workplace performance measurement and reporting, and 
  • developing effective information sharing and improved coordination of activities implemented under the Strategy.

The Strategy was updated in April 2018 following the mid-term review.

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