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:
  • OHS in the freight, logistics and heavy haulage industries
  • OHS in the warehousing and retail distribution industries
  • the role of owner driver in the above industries, and
  • the role of ‘chain or responsibility’ from consignors to drivers in OHS in the above industries.
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:
  • SWMS and WHS Management Plans research report completed by the National Research Centre for OHS Regulation at the Australian National University (ANU)
  • Any drafts of the report
  • The other 6-7 research reports Safe Work Australia commissioned the ANU to undertake
  • Internal documentation or formal communications concerning what the regulator is proposing to do in response to the research findings.
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

  • 21 February 2019; and
  • 6 March 2019.

FOI 19-005 – Schedule of documents

19-006 20 September 2019

For the building and construction industry:

  • The number of improvement, prohibition and penalty notices issued as well as prosecution (which may or may not result in an undertaking) split into states and breaches (e.g. license related, working environment, behaviour, knowledge) for the last 3 years available [Category 1]
  • Total fines issued breakdown by states and breaches for the last 3 years available [Category 2]
  • (if available) cost of enforcing safework for each state including cost for audits, negotiation and prosecution [Category 3]
  • The number of injuries and fatalities by each state and occupation (if there’s data later than 2012-13) [Category 4]
FOI 19-006 – Category 4 documents. N/A

Schedule of documents released under FOI request: 19-005.


Safe Work Australia does not possess documents in relation to Categories 1-3.

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.

FOI 19-009 – State and territory workers' compensation statistics.

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.

FOI 20-001 - Schedule of Documents 

N/A Document #39 in the schedule of documents may be accessed by contacting 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:

  • The number of claims per year;
  • The number of serious claims per year (an incapacity that results in total absence from work of one working week or more);
  • The median time lost from work for serious claims per year (or the range if median is not available); and 
  • The median compensation paid for serious claims per year (or the range if median is not available).

1b. A breakdown (where possible) of the 2018/19 accepted compensation claims data from the NDS for meat workers into:

  • Age groups;
  • Occupations (at least to Major Groups in the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations);
  • Details of injuries and diseases, as coded using the Type of Occurrence Classification System. Specifically, the: nature of injury or disease; bodily location of injury or disease; and the mechanisms of injury or disease.

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:

  • Ages or age group;
  • Occupations (at least to Major Groups in the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations);
  • Location of fatality (State or Territory); and
  • Mechanism of incident (the overall action, exposure or event that describes the circumstances that resulted in a fatality, as per Table 1.6 in the 2018 fatalities data set download).

FOI 20-007 - Meat worker compensation and fatality statistics


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.

FOI 20-010 - Schedule of documents 



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

Can't find what you're looking for?

Please let us know.

Share this page:

Facebook    LinkedIn    Twitter    Email