The Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy is a framework for the Commonwealth, state and territory governments, industry and unions, and other organisations, to work together and improve work health and safety.
The Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012–2022 promotes the vision of healthy, safe and productive working lives.
The strategy identifies action areas, priority industries and conditions.
The strategy has 2 key principles:
All workers, regardless of their occupation or how they are engaged, have the right to a healthy and safe working environment.
Well-designed, healthy, and safe work will allow workers in Australia to have more productive working lives.
What the strategy will achieve
The strategy set 3 national targets by 2022, to reduce:
the number of worker fatalities due to injury by at least 20%
the incidence rate of claims resulting in one or more weeks off work by at least 30%
the incidence rate of claims for musculoskeletal disorders resulting in one or more weeks off work by at least 30%.
Measuring and reporting progress
We report on the strategy’s progress through:
annual reports – which show targets are already met or are close to being met
statistical reports – with national WHS and workers’ compensation data and trends.
Measuring progress towards targets: reducing the incidence of work-related death, injury and illness explains how we measure progress.
Mid-term strategy review
In 2017, a scheduled mid-term review found the strategy:
is being used as intended
is flexible to meet a range of stakeholders’ needs
can accommodate changing employment and industrial arrangements.
The review identified some key areas of focus, which informed our update to the strategy in April 2018.
The next Australian WHS Strategy
We are planning the next WHS strategy and looking at:
the current strategy’s achievements
the mid-term review outcomes
Priority Industry snapshots 2018
- Accommodation and food services: Priority industry snapshots
- Agriculture: Priority industry snapshots
- Construction: Priority industry snapshots
- Health care and social assistance: Priority industry snapshots
- Manufacturing: Priority industry snapshots
- Public administration and safety: Priority industry snapshots
- Road transport: Priority industry snapshots