We work with the organisations and people who influence good work health and safety practice. This includes industry groups and representatives, unions, work health and safety professionals, the academic and research community, business leaders, employers, managers and supervisors, and governments.
WHS regulators and workers’ compensation authorities
We do not regulate and enforce WHS laws nor do we manage workers’ compensation claims or insurance. This is the role of the Commonwealth, states and territories.
Unions and employer associations
Workers and employers are the groups most directly affected by national policy on WHS and workers’ compensation. We work closely with unions and employer associations to ensure the valuable insight and perspective of employers and workers are taken into consideration when developing national policy.
Unions and employers associations are represented on Safe Work Australia by:
- The Australian Council of Trade Unions
- The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
- The Australian Industry Group
More information is available on Our people page.
We consult with wider Australian community on a range of work health and safety and workers’ compensation issues. Subscribe to our mailing list and our social pages to receive notices and alerts for our public consultations.
We are involved in a range of international activities and work closely with international organisations to improve national and international outcomes in WHS.
More information is available on the International collaboration page.
Observer and contributor roles
Australian Forum of Explosive Regulators
AFER is a forum of government authorities responsible for administering explosives safety and security legislation in Australia. AFER’s key functions are to advise governments on all aspects of explosives safety regulation and provide recommendations on the development and implementation of nationally consistent legislation and safety and security standards.
Heads of Workers' Compensation Authorities
HWCA is made up of representatives from workers’ compensation authorities across Australia and New Zealand. They work together to promote and implement best practice in workers’ compensation arrangements in policy and legislative matters, regulation and scheme administration. Our CEO attends HWCA meetings as an observer.
Heads of Workplace Safety Authorities
HWSA is made up of representatives from work health and safety regulators across Australia and New Zealand. They work together to promote and implement best practice in work health and safety in the areas of policy and legislative matters, education and enforcement. Our CEO attends HWSA meetings as an observer.
Safety Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission
SRCC is a statutory body made up of 11 members who represent stakeholders in the Commonwealth scheme. The SRCC is established under the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (SRC Act). The SRCC’s main role is to administer the regulatory functions of the SRC Act. It also has powers related to granting, monitoring and extending self-insurance licenses for private sector entities and some Commonwealth authorities. Our CEO is a Commissioner on the SRCC and attends these meetings.
Australian Mesothelioma Registry
The AMR is a standalone database that contains information about people with mesothelioma. The database is managed by the Cancer Institute of NSW in collaboration with the Monash Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health. Safe Work Australia along with Comcare provides funding for the AMR.
More information is available on the AMR page.
The National Workers' Memorial
The National Workers Memorial honours those working Australians who have lost their lives through work-related incidents, injury and illness. The Memorial is located in Kings Park, on the northern shores of Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra. It was completed for International Workers' Memorial Day, 28 April 2013.
More information is available on the National Workers Memorial website.