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Appendix 1: Safe Work Australia Strategic Plan 2013–2016

Preamble

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:

  • Significant and continued reductions in the incidence of work-related death, injury and illness including through:
    • reduced exposure to work-related hazards causing injury and illness
    • improved quality of workplace controls, and
    • an improved work health and safety framework, increased work health and safety awareness and skills and an evidence base which informs policy and practice.
  • Improved outcomes for injured workers and their employers through more effective, efficient, clearly understood and sustainable workers’ compensation arrangements.

Safe Work Australia has overseen a large degree of harmonisation which has resulted in the majority of Australian workers covered by similar work health and safety (WHS) laws. We will continue to monitor, review and evaluate the implementation of the model WHS laws, make changes to improve operational efficiency and support ongoing reform to promote continuous improvements in safety outcomes, while ensuring practicability for small business and individual workers.

Safe Work Australia will remain a key source for high quality nationally significant data and research to inform the development of new work health and safety and workers’ compensation policy.

During 2012 Safe Work Australia launched the Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012–2022 (the Australian Strategy). With its vision of healthy, safe and productive working lives, the Australian Strategy is designed to drive key national activities to achieve improvement in work health and safety. This strategic plan reflects the vision, goals and outcomes of the Australian Strategy.

Outcome

Healthier, safer and more productive workplaces through improvements to Australian work health and safety and workers’ compensation arrangements.

Strategies to achieve the outcome

  1. Support the implementation of the Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012–2022.
  2. Promote community awareness and knowledge of work health and safety and workers’ compensation.
  3. Support evidence informed policy, programs and practice through national work health and safety and workers’ compensation data, research and evaluation programs.
  4. Improve work health and safety laws in Australia that provide a consistent, equitable and high level of protection to all workers, while ensuring practicability for small business and individual workers.
  5. Promote consistent approaches and improved knowledge, skills and capabilities for managing health and safety hazards and risks.
  6. Identify opportunities and develop proposals for improvements in workers’ compensation arrangements.

The effectiveness of the strategies in achieving the outcome will be measured through systematic review and evaluation. The Safe Work Australia annual operational plan outlines the activities to be undertaken to give effect to the strategies. Reports on the Australian Strategy will be published annually, the evaluation of the objectives of the Intergovernmental Agreement on Regulatory and Operational Reform in Occupational Health and Safety is underway and the review of the Safe Work Australia Act 2008, including its functions will commence in 2015.

Appendix 2: Safe Work Australia Operational Plan 2014–2015

Preamble

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. Efforts have been made over recent years to maximise to the greatest extent possible the degree of uniformity of work health and safety in Australia. This remains a focus of Safe Work Australia along with improving safety outcomes, developing accessible and practical guidance and removing unnecessary over-regulation.

This plan describes the activities to be undertaken by Safe Work Australia in performing its statutory functions during 2014–2015, within the total operating budget of $19.603m.

This plan is consistent with the Safe Work Australia Strategic Plan 2013–2016.

In 2014–2015 Safe Work Australia will:

  1. Facilitate the development of accessible, effective and practical guidance to aid understanding and compliance; minimise regulatory cost; and support improved work health and safety outcomes, particularly for small business and individuals (Strategy 4) by:
    1. revising model codes of practice and guidance
    2. developing and implementing a small business strategy which will identify ways to assist small business to overcome impediments to managing work health and safety, and
    3. identifying and pursuing opportunities to support the delivery of nationally consistent messaging and effective resources for small business.
  2. Monitor and review the model Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws to improve safety outcomes, address issues impeding the effective and efficient operation of the laws and remove unnecessary over-regulation (Strategy 4).
  3. Continue the multi-year evaluation of the model WHS laws (Strategy 3) including:
    1. a survey on the impacts and burden that national WHS laws place on Australian businesses of all sizes and changes in hazard control methods and WHS compliance activities
    2. a targeted study involving interviews and focus groups examining the impact of the WHS laws on small business
    3. a study measuring the impact of the model WHS laws on government efficiency, and
    4. studies focussing on the legal concepts and changes brought about by the model WHS laws including research on regulator activity, risk based regulation and the efficacy of codes of practice and guidance material.
  4. Continue to develop policy proposals to improve the consistency of explosives legislation across Australia (Strategy 4).
  5. Maintain and improve the framework for workplace hazardous chemicals
    (Strategy 5) including:
    1. improving the effectiveness of workplace exposure standards and health monitoring
    2. identifying health and safety issues for priority chemicals, and
    3. providing up to date hazard information online to assist businesses and workers manage the risks of workplace chemicals.
  6. Collect, maintain, improve and report on national work health and safety and workers’ compensation data through the implementation of the Data and Analysis Work Plan 2014–2015 (Strategy 3).
  7. Identify new priority issues and undertake and disseminate research, including on emerging issues (Strategy 3) through implementation of the:
    1. Research and Evaluation Work Plan 2014–2015, and
    2. emerging issues surveillance program.
  8. Coordinate and monitor the implementation of the Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012–2022 (Strategy 1) including:
    1. coordinating a program of activities to support improved health and safety in specific industries, such as the agriculture industry
    2. coordinating a program of activities to support the action areas healthy and safe by design, health and safety capabilities and leadership and culture, and
    3. hosting a digital conference to encourage discussions on responsive regulation; leadership; small business; and health and safety in the agriculture and transport industries.
  9. Promote consistent messages on work health and safety and workers’ compensation through the development and implementation of an engagement and communications strategy (Strategy 2).
  10. Improve consistency in workers’ compensation arrangements (Strategy 6) by:
    1. developing an up to date Australian list of diseases deemed to be work related for compensation purposes
    2. conducting, analysing and reporting on the annual national return to work survey
    3. developing principles to promote timely, safe and sustainable return to work, and
    4. supporting jurisdictions to implement national permanent impairment assessment arrangements.
  11. Liaise with other countries or international organisations as appropriate on matters relating to work health and safety and workers’ compensation activities including representing Australia (SWA Act function 13) on the:
    1. G20 sub-group on safer workplaces
    2. United Nations (UN) sub-committee of experts on the Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals
    3. OECD Chemical Accidents Working Group, and
    4. UN Working Group on Explosives.

Performance Measurement

This plan outlines the activities to be undertaken to give effect to Safe Work Australia’s strategies. 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. Performance will also be measured against the Key Performance Indicators included in the 2014–2015 Safe Work Australia Budget Statements and reported in the Safe Work Australia Annual Report. Reports on progress in achieving the targets set out in the Australian Strategy will be published annually.
The multi-year evaluation of the objectives of the Intergovernmental Agreement on Regulatory and Operational Reform in Occupational Health and Safety (IGA) is underway and achievement of the IGA’s objectives also serves as a key measure of success.
A review of the IGA, including Safe Work Australia’s functions and funding arrangements by the Department of Employment, is due for completion by December 2014.

  • Safe Work Australia Act 2008
  • Safe Work Australia Strategic Plan 2013–2016
  • Data and Analysis Work Plan 2014–2015
  • Research and Evaluation Work Plan 2014–2015
  • Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012–2022
  • 2014–2015 Safe Work Australia Budget Statements

Appendix 3: Publication list

Safe Work Australia published
56 publications throughout 2014–15. These publications are listed below by publication type. They are available on
the Safe Work Australia website.

Research publications

  • Return to Work Survey: 2013/14 summary report
  • National Return to Work Survey 2014—Headline measures report
  • Attitudes towards risk taking and rule breaking in Australian workplaces
  • Research brief—Attitudes towards risk taking and rule breaking in Australian workplaces
  • Australian Work Exposures Study (AWES)—Lead and lead compounds
  • Research brief—Australian Work Exposures Study (AWES)—Lead and lead compounds
  • Australian Work Exposures Study (AWES)—Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)
  • Research brief—Australian Work Exposures Study (AWES)—Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)
  • Australian Work Exposures Study (AWES)—Formaldehyde
  • Research brief—Australian Work Exposures Study (AWES)—Formaldehyde
  • Workplace health and safety, business productivity and sustainability
  • Review of hazards and health effects of inorganic lead—implications for WHS regulatory policy
  • Work ability in Australia—Pilot study
  • Research brief—Work ability in Australia—Pilot study
  • Work health and safety perceptions: Manufacturing industry
  • Research brief—Work health and safety perceptions: Manufacturing industry
  • Work health and safety perceptions: Construction industry
  • Research brief—Work health and safety perceptions: Construction industry
  • Exposure to multiple hazards among Australian workers
  • Research brief—Exposure to multiple hazards among Australian workers
  • Engineered Nanomaterials—an update on the toxicology and work health hazards
  • The role of accounting in work health and safety governance

Statistical reports

  • Australian workers’ compensation statistics 2012–13
  • Work-related fatalities associated with unsafe design of manufacturing, plant and powered tools, 2006–2011
  • Comparative Performance Monitoring Report 16th Edition
  • Comparison of workers’ compensation arrangements in Australia and New Zealand (2014)
  • Australian workers’ compensation statistics 2011–12
  • Work-related traumatic injury fatalities Australia 2013
  • Occupational disease indicators 2014
  • Mesothelioma in Australia: Incidence (1982 to 2013) and mortality (1997 to 2012)
  • Key work health and safety statistics, Australia, 2015
  • Notifiable fatalities monthly report
  • Key workers’ compensation information, Australia 2014

Materials supporting the model Work Health and Safety laws

  • Model Code of Practice: Demolition work (revised and republished)
  • Model Code of Practice: Excavation work (revised and republished)
  • Model Code of Practice: First aid in the workplace (revised and republished)
  • Model Code of Practice: Spray painting and powder coating (revised and republished)
  • Model Code of Practice: Labelling of workplace hazardous chemicals (revised and republished)
  • Model Code of Practice: Managing electrical risks in the workplace (revised and republished)
  • Model Code of Practice: Managing the risk of falls at workplaces (revised and republished)
  • Workplace traffic management package of guidance material
  • Managing cash-in-transit package of guidance material
  • Managing risks in forestry operations package of guidance material
  • Industrial lift trucks package of guidance material
  • Amusement devices package of guidance material
  • Safe design, manufacture, import and supply of plant package of guidance material
  • Working in the vicinity of overhead and underground electric lines package of guidance material
  • Formwork and falsework package of guidance material
  • Scaffolds and scaffolding work package of guidance material

Fact sheets

  • Construction industry profile
  • Jurisdictional progress against targets fact sheet
  • Priority Industries Fact Sheet
  • Priority Mechanisms Fact Sheet
  • Progress Against Targets Fact Sheet
  • Review of hazards and health effects of inorganic lead information sheet

Australian Strategy progress report

  • The first progress report on the Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012–2022

Appendix 4: Advertising and market research

During 2014–15 Safe Work Australia spent the following amount on advertising and market research.

Advertising cost Provider Reason for placement

$2 162.50

Australian Public service Commission

2014–15 subscription
to APS Jobs

Appendix 5: Ecologically sustainable development and environmental performance

Section 516A of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 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 programme
  • 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.

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