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Appendix 1: Safe Work Australia Corporate Plan 2016–2020


Safe Work Australia was established under the Safe Work Australia Act 2008 and it operates under the Commonwealth Government governance, performance and accountability frameworks. Safe Work Australia is required by the SWA 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 work health and safety 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 work health and safety framework
    • increased work health and safety awareness and skills
    • developing and maintaining an evidence base that informs policy and practice
    • reduced exposure to work-related hazards causing injury and illness
    • 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 2016–2020, 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.
  • Being a key source of work health and safety and workers’ compensation research, evaluation and data.

The Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012–2022, with its vision of healthy, safe and productive working lives, is designed to drive key national activities to achieve improvement in work health and safety. This corporate plan reflects the vision, goals and outcomes of the Australian Strategy.


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 Strategy.
  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 and reform work health and safety laws in Australia to provide a consistent, equitable, effective and high level of protection to all workers.
  5. Promote consistent approaches and improved knowledge, skills and capabilities for managing health and safety hazards and risks.
  6. Identify opportunities to improve workers’ compensation arrangements.
  7. Develop nationally consistent explosives regulation.
  8. Cooperate and share information, expertise and experience with international organisations.

Appendix 2: Safe Work Australia Operational Plan 2016–2017


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 2016–2017, within the total operating budget of $19.877 million. The activities give effect to the strategies outlined in the Safe Work Australia Corporate Plan 2016–2020

In 2016 and 2017 Safe Work Australia will:

  1. Coordinate and report on the progress of national activities being implemented to assist in the achievement of the outcomes and targets outlined in the Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012–2022 (Strategies 1 and 5).
  2. Develop and deliver high-quality, innovative and engaging material and undertake activities that:
    1. improve work health and safety capability (Strategies 2 and 5)
    2. integrate work health and safety into normal business practices (Strategies 2 and 5), and
    3. provide accessible, effective and practical information to aid understanding and compliance particularly for individuals and small business (Strategies 5).
  3. Collect, maintain, improve and report on national work health and safety and workers’ compensation data (Strategy 3).
  4. Undertake and disseminate research and analysis on emerging work health and safety and workers compensation issues to identify new priorities and areas for policy and program development (Strategy 3 and 4).
  5. Monitor, evaluate and remove unnecessary regulation to enhance the model work health and safety laws to improve safety outcomes and address issues impeding the effective and efficient operation of the laws (Strategies 3, 4 and 5).
  6. Improve workers’ compensation arrangements with a particular focus on improving return to work outcomes (Strategy 6).
  7. Develop and progress policy proposals that will lead to nationally consistent explosives regulation (Strategy 7).
  8. 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).

Performance measurement

The effectiveness of the strategies 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 measures are included in the 2016–2017 Safe Work Australia Portfolio Budget Statements and reported in the Safe Work Australia Annual Report.

Appendix 3: Australian work health and safety strategy 2012–2022 annual progress report: 2016–17

The Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012–2022 (the Australian Strategy) was launched in October 2012 as a high-level, forward-looking framework to drive national and local activity to realise the vision of healthy, safe and productive working lives. The Australian Strategy provides a guiding framework for governments, industry, unions and other organisations.
The Australian Strategy sets four outcomes to be achieved by 2022:

  • 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 (WHS) infrastructure.

The Australian Strategy is set around seven action areas, seven priority industries and six priority work-related disorders that direct activities to the areas with the greatest potential for reducing harm.  

Action areas Priority industries Priority work-related disorders
Healthy and safe by design Agriculture Musculoskeletal disorders
Supply chains and networks Road transport Mental disorders
Health and safety capabilities Manufacturing Cancers (including skin cancer)
Leadership and culture Construction Asthma
Research and evaluation Accommodation and food services Contact dermatitis
Government Public administration and safety Noise-induced hearing loss
Responsive and effective regulatory framework Health care and social assistance  

This is the fifth annual progress report of the Australian Strategy and covers the period 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017. Its release coincides with the scheduled mid-term review of the Australian Strategy, undertaken by Safe Work Australia in 2017, to ensure the strategy continues to generate sustained improvements in WHS. That review, which examines progress against the Australian Strategy in greater detail than this annual progress report, was expected to be finalised in late 2017.

Progress against national targets

The Australian Strategy sets three targets to measure progress towards achieving the vision:

  1. A reduction of at least 20 per cent in the number of worker fatalities due to injury (fatality target).
  2. A reduction of at least 30 per cent in the incidence rate of claims resulting in one or more weeks off work (serious injuries target).
  3. A reduction of at least 30 per cent in the incidence rate of claims for musculoskeletal disorders resulting in one or more weeks off work (musculoskeletal disorders target).

The guide Measuring progress towards targets: reducing the incidence of work-related death, injury and illness explains how progress on the Australian Strategy’s targets are measured. Given the nature of the data sets and the time involved in processing workers’ compensation claims, this data generally has a two to three year lag. The latest available data is reflected in this progress report.

Fatality target

The annual number of work-related deaths due to injury is highly variable. To even out the volatility in the data, four years of data has been used to establish a base period (2007 to 2010), and a three-year rolling average used to track progress. The data covers all of Australia, for all industries, for the calendar year.

There has been a 27 per cent decrease in the number of traumatic injury fatalities, from 270 fatalities in the base period to 197 in 2013–15. This reduction in work-related deaths to date is on track to meet the target of at least a 20 per cent reduction by 2022.  

Serious injury target

The serious injury target is measured by the incidence rate, which is the number of serious compensated claims resulting in one or more weeks off work, per 1,000 employees. A three-year rolling average is used as a baseline for the injury target (2009–10 to 2011–12) and the data is gathered on a financial year basis. The latest available data is for 2014–15, which covers the first three years of the Australian Strategy.

There has been a 22 per cent decrease in the incidence rate of serious injuries between the base period and 2014–15. The current rate is 9.8 serious claims per 1,000 employees, down from 12.5. This decrease is on track to meet the target of at least a 30 per cent reduction by 2022.

Musculoskeletal disorders target

Musculoskeletal claims include serious claims of musculoskeletal and connective tissue diseases plus serious claims of traumatic joint/ligament and muscle/tendon injury. The approach followed for the serious injury target is also applied to the musculoskeletal disorder target.

There has been a 24 per cent decrease in the incidence rate of musculoskeletal claims between the base period and 2014–15. The current rate is 5.8 claims per 1,000 employees, down from 7.6. This decrease is on track to meet the target of at least a 30 per cent reduction by 2022.

Activities under the Australian Strategy

A diverse and innovative range of activities are being undertaken by Safe Work Australia, WHS regulators and other influential organisations to improve WHS around Australia. This report highlights some of the new initiatives implemented in the last twelve months. These represent only a fraction of the hundreds of activities currently in place across the country to address the action areas, priority industries and priority disorders identified in the Australian Strategy.

New initiatives in national action areas

This report highlights new initiatives in two national action areas:

  • health and safety capabilities, and
  • government.
Health and safety capabilities

The ‘Health and safety capabilities’ action area aims to ensure that every person has the capabilities—the knowledge, skills and resources—they need to fulfil their WHS role. Initiatives to support this action area are increasingly using new technologies to reach and engage workers.

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland developed a suite of work health eTools that were launched during Safe Work Month 2016. The eTools include two ‘manual tasks’ risk assessment tools (PErforM and ManTRA), as well as calculators for heat stress, noise exposure and return on investment. The eTools can be used on a range of devices, from tablets to smart phones, and are available on the Queensland Governement website.

This innovation builds industry and staff capacity to manage WHS risks, and particularly hazardous manual tasks, by making risk assessments easier. Complicated calculations are performed by the eTools software and risk assessments can be done in any location on any device, and then easily documented and saved electronically.

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland rolled out the Young Worker Program, which aims to build awareness about the unique characteristics of young worker safety, through a six-month engagement campaign led by regional ‘Young worker champions’. The campaign, which concluded in May 2017, completed 460 engagement activities across Queensland.

Over 2016–17, the Australian Capital Territory developed a series of safety videos for smart phones that feature local construction workers talking about ways to reduce risk on worksites. Using the theme Think Safe. Work Safe. Go Home Safe, the videos focus on the importance of always following safe work practices on construction sites. Developed by Access Canberra in partnership with Safe Work Australia, the Housing Industry Association, Master Builders Association, UnionsACT, Training Fund Authority and the Construction Industry Training Council, these videos are designed for use in apprenticeship training, ‘toolbox talks’, registered training courses and onsite safety briefings.

Victoria ran a Young workers social media and digital campaign, which used imitation CCTV footage of a series of young workers in the construction, retail, hospitality and manufacturing sectors about to make potentially catastrophic workplace decisions. While presenting a range of safety messages about the rights and responsibilities of young workers, the central theme was that ‘it’s ok to speak up if you believe something is unsafe’. As part of the campaign, WorkSafe Victoria also reached out to employers in high-risk industries (construction, retail, hospitality and manufacturing), sending them tip cards on how best to support their young workers. The main message was that it is imperative that employers provide adequate training, support and information to their young workers.

Victoria’s evaluation of the campaign (through surveying of young workers) revealed that a high percentage had viewed the videos and been prompted to action, including having conversations with their managers and supervisors about safety. The majority of surveyed employers who received the tip card pack revealed that they would make improvements around supervision.

In 2016, the Northern Territory developed and implemented the Small Business Safety Program, designed to empower small and medium businesses to manage their own WHS processes. The program is confidential, free of charge and allows business owners to consult with small business safety advisers. The advisers are not authorised officers and have no powers under WHS legislation. Small business owners can seek advice and assistance from the advisers without the risk of those discussions leading to enforcement action.

NT WorkSafe also began working with shire councils, community organisations, schools and local businesses to increase WHS awareness in regional and remote areas and develop a Remote Workers’ WHS Program for Aboriginal workers. Two films were produced and widely distributed as part of the program:

  • NT WorkSafe WHS consultation in North-East Arnhem Land—developed to promote the Remote Workers’ WHS Program. The video was broadcast nationally as part of the Safe Work Australia Virtual Seminar Series in October 2016 and is available on the Safe Work Australia Virtual Seminar Series webpage.
  • Djäka Madagarritj’ku (Keep Safe From Danger)—developed to highlight the importance of identifying hazards and risks encountered in daily life as well as in the workplace. The video is presented in language with English subtitles.

A third film based on the ‘Homecomings’ campaign is currently being finalised. This film is set at a birthday party where a child waits for his father who is late coming home from work. The film features music produced by local musicians. NT WorkSafe has purchased the rights to the music to allow wide distribution of the film once it is completed.

It is not only WHS regulators who are taking innovative action to build capabilities. NewtonLowe, a firm of construction, engineering and learning specialists, have developed The Situation Engine, which uses virtual reality simulations to immerse learners in safe and unsafe situations on construction sites. Operating in a virtual world, learners are able to observe how an incident unfolds through the eyes of different workers, witness the injuries that can result from unsafe practices, and consider how they would respond in a real situation and what could be done differently to prevent the incident occurring.

Safe Work Australia continued the highly successful Virtual Seminar Series (VSS), featuring the latest thinking, research, developments and best practice in WHS. 130 / Safe Work Australia Annual Report 2016–17

The VSS uses digital technology to share thinking and best practice, engage thought leaders and increase community awareness and knowledge of workplace safety. Topics are informed by all areas of the Australian Strategy, and are presented by academics, regulators and those working in government and non-government organisations. In 2016–17, seminar topics covered a broad range of areas, particularly workplace mental health.

During 2017, Comcare has been running a series of one-day WHS forums across Australia. The forums cover contemporary WHS topics, including risk management, incident prevention and contractor management. The forum program has proved popular, with feedback demonstrating the program strongly resonates with participants who are benefiting from its operational focus and the selection of supporting tools that accompany each session.

Comcare continues to offer training to all agencies, licensees and approved workplace rehabilitation providers within the Commonwealth jurisdiction across a range of subjects, including supervisor responsibilities, better WHS practices, inspector training and return to work management. Comcare has continued to expand its face-to-face and E-learning education resources, with new offering being developed in 2017.


The government action area acknowledges that governments have a key role in improving WHS outcomes and a range of tools at their disposal to change behaviours, including regulation and information, education, awareness and compliance campaigns.

Government actions during the year have included Comcare, the WHS regulator for the Commonwealth, establishing a two-year national collaborative partnership to improve injured workers’ work participation through ‘recovery at work’. In five priority areas, Comcare has worked to improve employers’ and workers’ capability and understanding of the health benefits of work in the recovery process. As part of the initiative, Comcare has been working with rehabilitation service providers and general practitioners. In Victoria, government departments have formally committed to lead and collaborate on a whole-of-government approach to improving mental health and wellbeing across the public sector.

In 2016, SafeWork NSW launched the WHS Roadmap for NSW 2022. The roadmap is a six-year WHS strategy that will drive state-wide activities for improvement in WHS. Its key targets align directly to the Australian Strategy.

For the first year of the roadmap, SafeWork NSW has focused on putting in place the structure and processes to help businesses embed the safety landscape and plan future initiatives aligned to their strategic goals. SafeWork NSW reports excellent progress on a number of initiatives, with the jurisdiction on track to achieve safer and healthier workplaces by 2022.

The roadmap identifies a number of priority high-risk sectors, including the government sector. The Government WHS Sector Plan, which covers the whole of NSW government, is well under way with extensive consultation conducted with key stakeholder groups. These groups will contribute to the design and development of the plan.

Comcare has continued the ongoing program of education and awareness within the Commonwealth jurisdiction through continuing engagement with government employer forums and networks. Comcare has worked directly with these networks through the Small Agency Forum and Commonwealth Safety Management Forum, and through hosting and presenting on WHS subject matter at network meetings. Comcare, in partnership with WorkSafe Victoria, delivered an awareness presentation on WHS in the Supply Chain to the Australian Logistics Council Safety Summit in August 2016. Comcare has also been involved in various working groups on mental health and WHS committees hosted by large employers, including the Department of Defence and Department of Health.

New initiatives in agriculture, a priority industry

Of the Australian Strategy’s priority industries, agriculture is identified as a focus during the first five years. It is one of the most dangerous industries to work in due to the combination of hazards—plant, chemicals, noise, dust, sun exposure, and working with animals—and because many in the industry work alone or in remote locations. A range of activities are under way across the country aimed at improving the safety of those who work in the agricultural sector. What follows is a snapshot of some of the new initiatives implemented over the past financial year.

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland ran an agriculture safety campaign, which included advertisements on radio and in social media, aimed at raising awareness of the common risks associated with the industry and its high injury and death rates.

SafeWork SA launched the Farmers’ guidebook, developed in collaboration with Primary Producers SA, to help farmers understand their legal responsibilities and provide practical solutions to health and safety issues.

SafeWork NSW continues to engage with relevant peak bodies, associations, community leaders, employers and workers to develop an agricultural sector plan, which will be launched in July 2017.

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland has been working with industry stakeholders in the beef supply chain to develop a guide for the safe use and design of cattle crates. The guide includes principles and examples of safe use and design to address some of the common safety hazards, such as work at height, slips and falls, manual tasks, being crushed by cattle and entrapment and electrical shock. The guide will be published in July 2017 and shared at upcoming events, including the Australian Meat Industry Councils’ National Safety Conference and three regional supply chain forums being delivered in August and September 2017.

In Tasmania, the government extended the Safe Farming Tasmania program, a joint initiative between WorkSafe Tasmania and the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and the Environment. The program provides access to free practical tools such as induction checklists, hazard checklists, safe work procedures and safety awareness videos. In addition it funds farm visits by a safety expert that can be used to identify site-specific safety issues or provide information sessions for farm workers.

Western Australia has produced an agriculture safety and health checklist as a practical tool to rate potential hazards and risks on an agricultural property. The checklist aims to help farmers control and prevent the risk of serious injury or disease.

Safe Work Australia worked with the National Farmers’ Federation to produce two videos, one on stockyard handling and the other on machine guarding, both providing practical guidance on identifying hazards and managing risks.

Building on the previously successful agriculture, quad bike and Globally Harmonised System (GHS) campaigns, Comcare initiated an assessment of selected scheme employers as part of a revisit program that focused on confirmation of risk practices undertaken by select employers relating to these three campaigns.

Dairy Australia developed the Farm Safety Starter Kit, a series of practical, easy to use resources starting with safety basics and building farmers’ hazard awareness and risk responsiveness.

Much work has also been done to reduce the rates of injury and fatalities associated with the use of quad bikes in the industry. SafeWork NSW released the largest-ever survey into quad bike use in the workplace, which has indicated that manufactured operator protective devices do not cause serious injuries in quad bike incidents and potentially save lives. The research was conducted by UNSW Transport Road Safety on behalf of SafeWork NSW. Public awareness campaigns have been run in New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria. In New South Wales, for example, a comprehensive campaign covering radio, television, print and social media was run. Under the Quad Bike Improvement Program, rebates are being offered to eligible farmers to purchase side-by-side vehicles, operator protective devices and helmets. The program also offers free training to the Operate Quad Bikes Unit of Competency to eligible farmers. Each participant receives a compliant helmet. Farmers have been offered free quad bike training though a New South Wales government initiative. Rebates to fit crush protection devices are also available in Victoria. Farmers’ groups have worked closely with WHS regulators to ensure the messages and assistance reach their target audiences.

New initiatives focusing on mental disorders, a priority disorder

There is plenty of action across Australia to tackle the priority disorders. The following is a snapshot of some new initiatives that began in 2016–17 to improve mental health at work.

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland implemented a dedicated Mental health at work action plan (2016–2020) aimed at reducing the incidence and severity of work-related mental disorders and promoting good work design to enhance psychological health. The plan focuses on building awareness of psychosocial hazards, turning the latest research into practical, evidence-based tools, increasing awareness of mental health at work and addressing mental health in the regulatory framework. As part of the plan, Olympic gold medallist Libby Trickett has been enlisted as a Mental Health at Work Ambassador to raise awareness and encourage workers to seek assistance.

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland has been working with the transport industry to identify issues and raise awareness relating to the physical and mental impacts of the transport supply chain. Surveys and focus groups with drivers and employers were conducted across Queensland. The most common issues identified by the industry included poor design and access at customer sites, time pressures and scheduling, truck access and load restraint activities, as well as on-road issues. The project findings are now being shared with industry and its supply chain partners to raise awareness of work-related stress and physical risk factors.

In Victoria, the WorkHealth initiative has been re-established, with a focus on improving mental health and wellbeing in the workplace. A partnership between WorkSafe and the Department of Health and Human Services, WorkHealth will provide Victorian employers with access to practical strategies and guidance to help them build healthy workplace cultures.

The Victorian Workplace Mental Wellbeing Collaboration brings together VicHealth, SuperFriend and WorkSafe Victoria to promote positive mental wellbeing at work. The collaboration provides a range of practical resources, guidelines to promote positive mental health in the workplace and case studies. The collaboration’s resources have been designed to support employers that have a strong foundation in WHS, and want to go ‘above and beyond’ to create ‘supportive, cohesive and respectful’ workplaces where workers are engaged, positive and effective.

SafeWork NSW held consultative sessions with key stakeholders to gain their input, expertise and support as part of the Mentally Healthy Workplaces Strategy. The stakeholders included government sector representatives, employee representatives, not-for-profit organisations and academics.

SafeWork NSW aims to work with at-risk sectors to reduce the impact of work-related psychological injuries and illnesses and promote mentally healthy workplaces. This will be achieved through stakeholder engagement and collaboration on key initiatives, issues and emerging trends, and by the sharing of knowledge. To date there has been work on building inspector capability to ensure a national approach to managing psychosocial risks in the workplace.

The mental health of young workers has been a focus for SafeWork New South Wales in 2016, with the establishment of the Young Worker Mental Health Collaboration. The group includes service providers, academics and not-for-profit organisations. It meets quarterly to discuss issues that young workers may face in the workplace and works together to disseminate tools, resources and guidance materials.

Comcare, in partnership with beyondblue and the Australian Public Service Commission, initiated a workplace mental health community of practice forum for jurisdictional employers to share experiences, learn from each other and connect to industry experts. The forum was limited to Australian Public Service employers but future forums will be open to the whole jurisdiction.

The Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance, a collaboration between business, community and government, was established in 2013. Over the last year, the alliance upgraded their website to feature new information and practical resources for organisations and individuals. All alliance members undertook a range of promotional activities, especially during mental health week. A subcommittee comprising Comcare, SuperFriend, beyondblue, Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Business Council Australia, the Australian Council of Trade Unions, the Council of Small Business Australia and Safe Work Australia worked together to begin a multi-year project to develop a national workplace mental health framework.

There has also been some interesting research into mental health in the workplace, which is helping to inform policy and practice. Safe Work Australia released the third edition of Psychosocial health and safety and bullying in Australian workplaces. This statement presents data from accepted workers’ compensation claims caused by mental stress. Workers’ compensation data provide the only national administrative data indicators for psychosocial stressors in Australian workplaces, including workplace bullying. Safe Work Australia also published revised guides for managers and workers on workplace bullying: Guide for preventing and responding to workplace bullying and Dealing with workplace bullying—a worker’s guide. The revised guides provide greater guidance on improving transparency when dealing with reports of workplace bullying and designing safe systems of work to reduce the risk of workplace bullying. In consultation with the Australian Chamber, Safe Work Australia broadcast a Virtual Seminar Series panel discussion on Facts and fallacies behind mentally healthy workplaces.

Other organisations have also examined bullying in the workplace. A study released during the year was commissioned by beyondblue and found that many of the conventional responses to bullying are ineffective and that systemic changes to organisational culture is typically warranted. This study has already been used to inform the development of tools in the Headsup initiative. Launched in 2014, and developed by the alliance and beyondblue, Headsup provides a wide range of practical resources, information and advice for workers and organisations aimed at improving mental health at work.

Appendix 4: Publications list

Research publications

  • Australian Work Exposures Study – Asthmagens research summary
  • Comparison of workers’ compensation arrangements in Australia and New Zealand 2016
  • Measuring and reporting on work health and safety
  • Psychosocial Health and Safety and Bullying in Australian Workplaces
  • Psychosocial Safety Climate and Better Productivity in Australian Workplaces: Costs, Productivity, Presenteeism, Absenteeism
  • Perceived levels of management safety empowerment and justice among Australian employers
  • Return to Work Survey 2016 Summary Report

Statistical reports

  • A comparison of work-related injuries among shiftworkers and non-shiftworkers
  • Australian workers’ compensation statistics 2014–15
  • Bullying and Harassment in Australian Workplaces: Results from the Australian Workplace Barometer 2014/15
  • Comparative performance monitoring report 18th Edition
  • Notifiable fatalities monthly reports
  • Psychosocial health and safety and bullying in Australian workplaces
  • Road transport industry profile
  • Statistics on work-related musculoskeletal disorders
  • Work health and safety in the agricultural industry
  • Work-related traumatic injury fatalities Australia 2015

Materials supporting the model WHS laws

  • Amended Model Work Health and Safety Act
  • Amended Model Work Health and Safety Regulations
  • Cranes guidance material
  • Decision Regulation Impact Statement - Managing risks associated with lead in the workplace
  • Decision regulation impact statement for the model Code of Practice: Managing risks in stevedoring
  • Dealing with workplace bullying – a worker’s guide
  • Explanatory Memorandum – Model Work Health and Safety Act
  • Explanatory Statement for the model Work Health and Safety Regulations
  • Explosives Regulation in Australia: Decision Regulation Impact Statement July 2016
  • Guide to the model Work Health and Safety Act
  • Guide to managing risks in cattle handling
  • Guide to managing risks in tree trimming removal
  • Guide for preventing and responding to workplace bullying
  • Guide for managing the risks of machinery in rural workplaces
  • Guide to Managing Risks of Exposure to Carcinogens in the Workplace
  • Model Code of Practice: Managing risks in stevedoring
  • Model Code of Practice – Managing Risks of Plant in the Workplace
  • Model Work Health and Safety Regulations (Veterinary Exemptions) Amendments (28 November 2016)
  • Model Work Health and Safety Regulations Amendments (28 November 2016)
  • Worker Representation and Participation Guide
  • Workplace amusement devices guidance material

Information sheets and frequently asked questions

  • Frequently asked questions – Plant and changes in Standards
  • Information Sheet – Australian and Other Standards
  • Quad bikes in rural workplaces information sheet


  • Corporate Plan 2016–2020
  • Diversity and Inclusion Strategy 2016–19
  • Harradine indexed file list 1 January 2016 to 30 June 2016
  • Operational Plan 2016–2017
  • Portfolio Budget Statements 2017–18
  • Safe Work Australia Annual Report 2015–16
  • Safe Work Australia Sponsorship Guidelines

Appendix 5: Advertising and market research

During 2016–17 Safe Work Australia did not conduct any advertising campaigns.

Appendix 6: Ecologically sustainable 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 contribution to ecologically sustainable development.

In July 2016, Safe Work Australia introduced its first Environmental Policy. The policy outlines the agency’s commitment to minimising the environmental impact of its operations.

Safe Work Australia does this by:

  • operating a paper, plastic, glass and cardboard recycling program
  • effective use of electricity by using energy efficient office machinery
  • toner cartridge and waste toner recycling
  • using energy efficient computer monitors
  • using low wattage lights throughout the Safe Work Australia office
  • operating lighting via motion sensors to reduce energy consumption
  • reducing paper usage by centralising printers and setting them to double-sided printing as a default, and
  • using office paper that is carbon neutral, recycled and/or has an environmental sustainability rating.

Appendix 7: Entity resource statement and expenses by outcome

Safe Work Australia resource statement 2016–17

Section 17 AF (1) (b) of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Amendment

Rule requires non-corporate Commonwealth entities to summarising the total resources of the entity, and the total payments made by the entity during the reporting period.

This information is provided at Note 3.2 Special Account in the financial statements in Part 6 - Financial performance.

Expenses by outcome

Safe Work Australia has one outcome and one program. These are:

Outcome 1: Heathier, safer and more productive workplaces through improvements to Australian work health and safety and workers’ compensation arrangements.

Program 1.1: Reform of and improvements to Australian work health and safety and workers’ compensation arrangements.

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