Safe Work Australia is the body leading the development of national policy to improve work health and safety and workers' compensation across Australia. The interests of the Commonwealth, states and territories as well as workers and employers in Australia are all represented.
Together we will work to achieve healthier, safer and more productive workplaces through improvements to Australian work health and safety and workers' compensation arrangements.
This plan describes the activities to be undertaken by Safe Work Australia in performing its statutory functions during 2017–2018, within the total operating budget of $20.328m. The activities give effect to the strategies outlined in the Safe Work Australia Corporate Plan 2017–2021.
In 2017 and 2018 Safe Work Australia will:
- Review and if necessary revise the Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012–2022 and coordinate and report on the progress of national activities being implemented to assist in the achievement of the outcomes and targets outlined in the Strategy (Strategies 1 and 5).
- Build community awareness and knowledge of work health and safety and workers’ compensation through engagement and communication that is tailored, integrated, high quality, innovative and strategic. Safe Work Australia will undertake activities to:
- Improve work health and safety capability (Strategies 2 and 5)
- Integrate work health and safety, including leadership and culture, into normal business practices (Strategies 2 and 5), and
- Provide accessible, effective and practical information to aid understanding and compliance particularly for individuals and small business (Strategy 5).
- Collect, maintain, improve and report on national work health and safety and workers' compensation data (Strategy 3).
- Undertake and disseminate research and analysis on work health and safety and workers’ compensation issues to identify new priorities and provide evidence for policy and program development (Strategies 3 and 4).
- Monitor, evaluate and review the model work health and safety (WHS) laws to address issues impeding the effective and efficient operation of the laws and improve safety outcomes (Strategies 3, 4 and 5).
- Improve workers' compensation arrangements with a particular focus on return to work and strengthening the connection with enhanced health and safety outcomes (Strategy 6).
- Finalise policy proposals for nationally consistent explosives regulation (Strategy 7).
- Work with other countries or international organisations and represent Australia at relevant forums (as appropriate) to share data, information and/or knowledge and harness international learnings on work health and safety and workers' compensation matters (Strategy 8).
The effectiveness of these activities in assisting to reduce death, injury and disease and towards meeting the outcome of healthier, safer and more productive workplaces will be measured through systematic review and evaluation.
Performance will be measured against the Key Performance Indicators included in the 2017–2018 Safe Work Australia Portfolio Budget Statements and reported in the Safe Work Australia Annual Report.