Safe Work Australia is required by the Freedom of Information Act 1982 to publish a disclosure log on its website. The disclosure log lists information which has been released in response to an FOI access request. This requirement has applied since 1 May 2011.
The disclosure log requirement does not apply to:
- personal information about any person if publication of that information would be ‘unreasonable’
- information about the business, commercial, financial or professional affairs of any person if publication of that information would be ‘unreasonable’
- other information covered by a determination made by the Australian Information Commissioner if publication of that information would be ‘unreasonable’
- any information if it is not reasonably practicable to publish the information because of the extent of modifications that would need to be made to delete the information listed in the above dot points.
The information described in the disclosure log table below has been released by Safe Work Australia under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 and is available for public access.
|FOI Reference number||Date information listed in disclosure log||Summary of FOI request received by Agency/Minister||Description of information released under this disclosure log (and whether released in full or part)||Date when information may be deleted from a website||Other information/file number|
|11-006||14 December 2011||Documents and information relating to:
||FOI 11-006 – Schedule of documents||N/A||SWA11/1063|
|12-002||19 March 2012||All documents in the possession of Safe Work Australia relating to the creation of the draft model Code of Practice ‘Preventing and Responding to Workplace Bullying.’||FOI 12-002 – Schedule of documents||N/A|
|12-004||20 June 2012||Safe Work Australia's Evaluation Plan for the Harmonisation of Work Health and Safety in Australia||Evaluation plan for the harmonisation of work health and safety in Australia||N/A|
|12-003||7 August 2012||Documents relating to the development of the model Code of Practice for Abrasive Blasting||FOI 12-003 – Schedule of documents||N/A||SWA12/875|
|12-005||9 August 2012||Documents relating to case study 4, security guards fatally injured whilst working, in the NOHSC publication “Work related fatalities involving security guards in Australia, 1989-1992”||FOI 12-005 – Schedule of documents||N/A||SWA12/1142|
|12-006||1 November 2012||Documents relating to the proposal to appoint a review to conduct research for the ‘Perceptions of the Implementation of WHS harmonisation.||
FOI 12-006 – Schedule of documents
|12-007||1 November 2012||A full breakdown of spending by outcome, sub-outcome and programme by the Agency for the present financial year and for forward estimates.||FOI 12-007 – Schedule of documents
|13-001||22 February 2013||Documents in relation to part 3.1 of the model Code of Practice Managing Noise and Preventing Hearing Loss at Work||FOI 13-001 – Schedule of documents||N/A||N/A|
|13-004||2 September 2013||Documents relating to draft model Code of Practice for Managing Risks in Stevedoring||FOI 13-004 – Schedule of documents||N/A||N/A|
|13-005||18 October 2013||Documents relating to the Asbestos Compliance and Exposure Study of Construction and Maintenance Workers report published by Safe Work Australia in 2010||FOI 13-005 – Schedule of documents||N/A||N/A|
|13-006||21 November 2013||Minutes of the Implementation TAG Meeting 6 and SIG WHS Meeting 9||FOI 13-006 – Schedule of documents||N/A||N/A|
|13-007||10 December 2013||Agenda papers for the Implementation TAG Meeting 6 and SIG WHS Meeting 9||FOI 13-007 – Schedule of documents||N/A||N/A|
|15-001||7 September 2015||Emails and attachments relating to AgVet labelling requirements under WHS laws, within defined timeframe.||FOI 15-001 – Schedule of documents||N/A||N/A|
|16-001||12 February 2016||Stakeholder submissions on the draft National Standard and Codes of Practice for the Control of Workplace Hazardous chemicals that mention agricultural chemical labelling requirements, within a defined timeframe.||FOI 16-001 – Schedule of documents||N/A||N/A|
|16-003||19 May 2015||Safe Work Australia’s internal social media policy.||
Safe Work Australia Social Media Guidelines – Communications and Publishing (July 2013)
Safe Work Australia Social Media Policy and Guidelines (10 January 2014)SWA Social Media – Community Standards (undated)
|16-004||27 May 2015||The report conducted into the health and safety of at-risk migrant workers in 2014-15.||Emerging Issues Pilot Strategic Directions Report on ‘at risk’ migrant workers October 2015 (Final)||N/A||N/A|
|16-005||22 August 2016||The PricewaterhouseCoopers report arising from the review of the Australian Mesothelioma Registry||Review of the Australian Mesothelioma Registry - Final Report (June 2016)||N/A||N/A|
|17-004||17 July 2017||A copy of:
||FOI 17-004 – Schedule of documents||N/A||N/A|
|18-005||5 June 2018||
Information, including communications, showing Safe Work Australia’s internal consideration and/or deliberation about the final Workplace Safety Futures Report (final report).
Information about any changes made to the final report from draft reports following communications from Safe Work Australia.
|FOI 18-005 – Schedule of documents||N/A||N/A|
|18-007||26 June 2018||
Minutes of Safe Work Australia executive meetings and sub-committee meetings of SIG-Workers Compensation and SIG-WHS that occurred between January 2011 and December 2014, that include subject matters of Upper Big Branch (USA) mine explosion, coal workers pneumoconiosis, black lung, silicosis, coal dust and/or NIOSH.
Any correspondence (including reports and safety alerts/notices) and communications by Safe Work Australia or its members with world collaboration partners ILO, WHO and any others, that include the subject matters set out above.
|FOI 18-007 – Schedule of documents||N/A||N/A|
|19-005||12 September 2019||
Safe Work Australia considerations and any associated documentation about providing financial support for the “Breathe Freely” programme (the program) proposed by the Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists (AIOH), and
File notes or minutes of meetings and teleconferences with the AIOH about the program including on
|19-006||20 September 2019||
For the building and construction industry:
|FOI 19-006 – Category 4 documents.||N/A||
Schedule of documents released under FOI request: 19-005.
However, Safe Work Australia does collect some aggregated data that relates to Categories 1-2. However, this is not available at the industry level. The data is published in the Comparative Performance Monitoring Report: Part 2 - Work Health and Safety Compliance and Enforcement Activities (20th Edition, December 2018), which compares the number of workplace interventions, notices and legal proceedings across Australia and New Zealand.
|19-009||12 December 2019||
Statistics from 2000–01 to 2016–17 for each state or territory:
1. that made up the Australian workers' compensation number of serious claims as noted in Table 15 [of Safe Work Australia’s Australian Workers’ Compensation Statistics 2016-17].
2. for the number of Employees covered for workers' compensation year of lodgement.
Spreadsheet providing the State and Territory/Jurisdiction level data in line with the national data included in Table 15 of the Australian Workers' Compensation Statistics 2016-17 report. The spreadsheet includes a separate tab/table for each jurisdiction as well as accompanying explanatory notes.
|20-001||25 February 2020||
All documents relating to the Safe Work Australia review of the workplace exposure limit for formaldehyde and proposed new workplace exposure limit, including notations in any diary and the names of the key people undertaking the review and peer review processes.
|N/A||Document #39 in the schedule of documents may be accessed by contacting FOI@swa.gov.au to arrange an inspection at Safe Work Australia’s offices.|
|20-007||30 July 2020||
1a. Accepted workers’ compensation claims data from the National Data Set for Compensation-Based Statistics (NDS) for meat workers from 2010/11 to 2018/19:
1b. A breakdown (where possible) of the 2018/19 accepted compensation claims data from the NDS for meat workers into:
2. The number of meat worker fatalities per year from 2003 to 2019, from Safe Work Australia’s Work-Related Traumatic Injury Fatalities database. Please include a breakdown (where possible) of the fatalities into:
The latest available data for workers’ compensation claims is preliminary data for 2017-18. The latest available data for work-related traumatic fatalities is from 2018.
|20-010||20 November 2020||
All records relating to the creation of the document: Retail Work: Minimising the Risk of exposure to COVID-19 (updated 9 April), including but not limited to records of any correspondence, communication, meetings and advice exchanged between Safe Work Australia and any other parties concerning the changes made to the 6 April version of the document prior to the publication of the document.
Obtaining copies of documents in the table
Copies of any of the above documents by emailing or writing to Safe Work Australia’s Freedom of Information Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org