Appendix 1: Safe Work Australia Corporate Plan 2015–2019
Safe Work Australia was established under the Safe Work Australia Act 2008 (the Safe Work Australia Act) and it operates under the Commonwealth Government governance, performance and accountability frameworks. Safe Work Australia is required by the Safe Work Australia Act to prepare a corporate plan every four years which deals only with the outcomes to be achieved by Safe Work Australia and the strategies that are to be followed to achieve those outcomes.
Safe Work Australia is the body leading the development of national policy to improve WHS and workers’ compensation across Australia. The interests of the Commonwealth, states and territories as well as employers and workers in Australia are all represented.
Together we continue to work to achieve:
- Significant and continued reductions in the incidence of work-related death, injury and illness through:
- an improved and reformed WHS framework
- increased WHS awareness and skills
- developing and maintaining an evidence base which informs policy and practice
- reduced exposure to work-related hazards causing injury and illness, and
- improved quality of workplace controls.
- Improved outcomes for injured workers and their employers through more effective, efficient, clearly understood and sustainable workers’ compensation arrangements.
During 2015–2019, Safe Work Australia will continue to be a model for the innovative development of multi-stakeholder policy and be central to Australia becoming a world leader in the delivery of improved safety and compensation outcomes. We will do this by:
- acting as a forum to bring together and recognise varying views and interests to enable the effective development of national policy
- using our influence to increase knowledge and awareness of health and safety and workers’ compensation and normalise the conversation about safe work, and
- being a key source of WHS and workers’ compensation research, evaluation and data.
The Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012–2022 (Australian Strategy), with its vision of healthy, safe and productive working lives, is designed to drive key national activities to achieve improvement in WHS. This corporate plan reflects the vision, goals and outcomes of the Australian Strategy.
Healthier, safer and more productive workplaces through improvements to Australian WHS and workers’ compensation arrangements.
Strategies to achieve the outcome
- Support the implementation of the Australian Strategy.
- Promote community awareness and knowledge of WHS and workers’ compensation.
- Support evidence informed policy, programs and practice through national WHS and workers’ compensation data, research and evaluation programs.
- Improve and reform WHS laws in Australia to provide a consistent, equitable, effective and high level of protection to all workers.
- Promote consistent approaches and improved knowledge, skills and capabilities for managing health and safety hazards and risks.
- Identify opportunities to improve workers’ compensation arrangements.
- Develop nationally consistent explosives regulation.
- Cooperate and share information, expertise and experience with international organisations.
The effectiveness of the strategies in reducing death, injury and disease and the outcome of healthier, safer and more productive workplaces will be measured through systematic review and evaluation.
Reports on the implementation and success of the Australian Strategy will be published annually, the multi-year evaluation of the model WHS laws is underway, the Comparative Performance Monitoring Report is published annually, and the review of the SWA Act, including its functions will commence in late 2015.
Appendix 2: Safe Work Australia Operational Plan 2015–2016
Safe Work Australia is the body leading the development of national policy to improve WHS 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 WHS and workers’ compensation arrangements.
This plan describes the activities to be undertaken by Safe Work Australia in performing its statutory functions during 2015–2016, within the total operating budget of $19.549m. The activities give effect to the strategies outlined in the Safe Work Australia Corporate Plan 2015–2019.
- Coordinate and monitor the implementation of the Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012–2022 (Strategies 1 and 5).
- Promote consistent messages on WHS and workers’ compensation through the implementation of the Communication and Stakeholder Engagement Strategy (Strategy 2).
- Collect, maintain, improve and report on national WHS and workers’ compensation data through implementation of the Data and Analysis Work Plan 2015–2016 (Strategy 3).
- Identify new priority issues and undertake and disseminate research including on emerging issues and through implementation of the Research and Evaluation Work Plan 2015–2016 (Strategy 3).
- Monitor, evaluate and improve the model Work Health and Safety laws to improve safety outcomes, address issues impeding the effective and efficient operation of the laws and remove unnecessary over-regulation (Strategies 3, 4 and 5).
- Facilitate the development of accessible, effective and practical material to aid understanding and compliance; minimise regulatory cost; and support improved WHS outcomes, particularly for small business and individuals (Strategies 4 and 5).
- Improve consistency in workers’ compensation arrangements through implementation of the Workers’ Compensation Work Plan 2015–2016 (Strategy 6).
- Develop policy proposals that will lead to nationally consistent explosives regulation (Strategy 7).
- Liaise with other countries or international organisations on WHS and workers’ compensation matters, including representing Australia as appropriate (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 2015–2016 Safe Work Australia Budget Statements and reported in the Safe Work Australia Annual Report.
Appendix 3: Publications list
Safe Work Australia published 57 publications throughout 2015–16. These publications are listed below by publication type. They are available on the Safe Work Australia website.
- Australian Work Exposures Study — Carcinogen exposures in the construction industry
- Australian Work Exposures Study — Carcinogen exposures in the agriculture industry
- Australian Work Exposures Study — Carcinogen exposures in the manufacturing industry
- Deemed diseases in Australia
- Mindfulness of work health and safety in the workplace (including research brief)
- Psychosocial health and safety and bullying in Australian workplaces
- Return to work survey 2016, Headline measure report Australia
- Sedentary work—Summary of the literature review evidence on emergent work health and safety issue
- Sources of work health and safety information in Australian workplaces (including research brief)
- The role of accounting in work health and safety governance
- Transport industry: Synethesis of research findings (including research brief)
- Work productivity loss in young workers (including research brief)
- Work health and safety in the accommodation and food services industry
- Australian workers’ compensation statistics, 2013–14
- Comparative peformance monitoring report 17th edition
- Comparison of workers’ compensation arrangements in Australia and New Zealand (2015)
- Explanatory notes for Safe Work Australia datasets
- Notifiable fatalities monthly reports
- The cost of work-related injury and illness for Australian employers, workers and the community 2012–13
- Work-related injuries and fatialities in construction, 2003 to 2013
- Work-related mental disorders profile 2015
- Work-related traumatic injury fatalities Australia 2014
Guidance materials supporting the model WHS laws
- Cranes guidance material
- Guide for managing the risks of machinery in rural workplaces
- Guide for managing the risks of diesel exhaust
- Guide to handling isocyanates
- Guide to identifying and handling low density asbestos fibreboard
- Labelling requirements for agricultural and veterinary (AgVet) chemicals
- Managing risks associated with quad bikes
- Split rim tyres
- Compressed air
- Workplace vibration
- Construction work—work of a minor nature
- Construction work—steel erection
- GHS requirements
- High risk work licensing
- Incident notification fact sheet
- Managing risks associated with the use of compressed air in the workplace
- Managing risks of exposure to solvents in the workplace
- Managing risks when unpacking shipping containers
- Quad bikes in rural workplaces
- Safe work on roofs
- Safe work method statement for high risk construction work
- Working safely in Australia
- Workplace induction for construction workplaces
- Case Study: Use of good work design (Australian Bureau of Statistics)
- Does the evidence and theory support the good work design principles? An educational resource
- Handbook: Principles of good work design
- The second progress report on the Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012–2022
- Corporate Plan 2015–2019
- Operational Plan 2015–2016
- Harradine indexed file list 1 July 2015 to 31 December 2015
- Annual report 2014–15
Appendix 4: Advertising and market research
During 2015–16 Safe Work Australia spent the following amount on advertising and market research:
|Advertising cost||Provider||Reason for placement|
|$2768.00||Australian Public Service Commission||2015–16 subscription to APS jobs|
Safe Work Australia did not conduct advertising campaigns.
Appendix 5: Ecologically sustainable development and environmental performance
Section 516A of the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cth) requires that government organisations report annually on their environmental performance and contribute to ecologically sustainable development (ESD).
Safe Work Australia’s operations reflect ESD principles by:
- operating a paper, plastic, glass and cardboard recycling program
- the effective use of electricity by using efficient office machinery
- paper and toner cartridge recycling
- the use of energy efficient computer monitors
- low wattage lights used throughout the Safe Work Australia office
- operating lighting via motion sensors on the lights to reduce energy consumption, and
- reduction in paper usage by centralising printers and setting them to double-sided printing as a default.
Print on demand is mandatory for all employees to reduce the use of paper across the agency as well as the number of individual printers being used.