Healthy, safe and productive working lives
Over the next decade the nature of work in Australia will continue to change in response to economic pressures, technological changes and demographic shifts. These changes will bring new risks, but also new opportunities to improve work health and safety.
In this changing environment Australian business needs to remain competitive and productive. While there are costs inherent in providing healthy and safe workplaces the costs of not doing so are even greater. It has been shown that good work health and safety improves long-term business productivity.
Effective systematic management of risks results in improved worker health and safety and productivity by:
- preventing and reducing the number and severity of injuries and illnesses and associated costs
- promoting worker health, wellbeing and capacity to work, and
- fostering innovation, quality and efficiency through continuous improvement.
Progress towards the vision will be made through a set of outcomes to be achieved by 2022 which in turn will be supported through seven Action Areas.
The outcomes are:
- reduced incidence of work-related death, injury and illness achieved by
- reduced exposure to hazards and risks using
- improved hazard controls and supported by
- an improved work health and safety infrastructure.
We can only achieve the vision and the outcomes if the systematic management of risks happens at the workplace level and concerted effort is made by duty holders and those who support them.
What is work health and safety infrastructure?
- A responsive and effective regulatory framework.
- The knowledge and skills of all parties with a role in work health and safety.
- A robust evidence base.
Targets and performance indicators
The Australian Strategy includes national targets and performance indicators that are used to measure the success of national actions. The number and incidence rate of fatalities, injuries and conditions are important indicators of health and safety performance.
Targets to be achieved by 2022 include:
- a reduction in the number of worker fatalities due to injury of at least 20 per cent
- a reduction in the incidence rate of claims resulting in one or more weeks off work of at least 30 per cent, and
- a reduction in the incidence rate of claims for musculoskeletal disorders resulting in one or more weeks off work of at least 30 per cent.
A range of performance indicators will be developed to monitor progress against all areas of the Australian Strategy including the reduction of exposures to hazards and improvements in the control of hazards.
The method for target setting and measurement will be explained in a supplementary document.
Targets to be achieved by 2022
- A reduction in the number of worker fatalities due to injury of at least 20 per cent.
- A reduction in the incidence rate of claims resulting in one or more weeks off work of at least 30 per cent.
- A reduction in the incidence rate of claims for musculoskeletal disorders resulting in one or more weeks off work of at least 30 per cent.