Appendix C

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C: Work health and safety

This appendix outlines Finance's work health and safety performance in accordance with Part 4 of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (WHS Act).

Finance recognises that as part of its aspiration to be a leader in the public sector, it must exemplify good work health and safety (WHS) practices. This includes having responsive and flexible safety management systems. To support the new ways of working under its new operating model, Finance initiated a major review of its WHS arrangements in 2015-16.

The first step in the review involved consulting with the department’s health and safety representatives on the current WHS arrangements. They were also asked for their views on the work groups and the health and safety representatives within those groups, as well as on the functions of the Work Health and Safety Committee. The goal of the review is to identify any gaps in Finance’s management of WHS risks and recommend any changes required to ensure Finance continues to meet its obligations under the WHS Act. The review is expected to be completed in 2016-17.

Initiatives

Finance employees

In 2015-16, Finance undertook the following activities to meet its obligations under the WHS Act:

  • consulting with staff on WHS issues, particularly in response to changes in accommodation with the relocation to One Canberra Avenue
  • providing WHS training and information to all staff, including training focused on dealing with change in the workplace
  • conducting hazard inspections and workstation assessments
  • providing a confidential counselling service through the employee assistance program
  • promoting a healthy lifestyle by offering access to on-site gymnasium facilities and influenza vaccinations.

 

MOP(S) Act employees

Finance shares the duty of care for the health and safety of people employed under the Members of Parliament (Staff) Act 1984 (MOP(S) Act) with the employing Senator or Member (or former prime minister). Other Commonwealth agencies may also have duties under the WHS Act with respect to MOP(S) Act employees.

In 2015-16, Finance's key WHS activities for MOP(S) Act employees included:

  • consulting with health and safety representatives through the Work Health and Safety Committee
  • providing WHS information and training through the Ministerial and Parliamentary Services website and face-to-face training sessions delivered by Comcare
  • providing a confidential counselling service through the employee assistance program
  • conducting workstation and worksite assessments
  • administering a work health and safety site officer program to support hazard and incident notification and access to first aid in Senators' and Members' workplaces.

 

Comcare premium

Finance's 2015-16 workers' compensation premium was 1.05 per cent of its payroll (for both Finance and MOP(S) Act employees). This premium rate is unchanged from the previous year.

 

Notifiable incidents

 Finance employees

Between 1 July 2015 and 30 June 2016, Finance reported three incidents involving Finance employees to Comcare under section 38 of WHS Act. Two of these reported incidents were classified as serious injuries under the WHS Act and the third was classified as a dangerous incident.

 

MOP(S) Act employees

Between 1 July 2015 and 30 June 2016, Finance reported seven incidents involving MOP(S) Act employees to Comcare under section 38 of the WHS Act. Each of the reported incidents was classified as a dangerous incident under the WHS Act.

 

Investigations and notices

 Finance-managed workplaces

Under the WHS Act, the department is required to provide statistics of any investigations or notices given at the workplaces it manages. No investigations were conducted and no notices were given during 2015-16.

 

MOP(S) Act employees

Between 1 July 2015 and 30 June 2016 there were no investigations commenced, and Finance did not receive any notices issued by Comcare under section 155 of the WHS Act requesting information in connection with MOP(S) Act employees.

Last updated: 21 October 2016