Queensland’s first Work Health and Safety Prosecutor appointed

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The Palaszczuk Government has announced the appointment of Aaron Guilfoyle as Queensland’s first independent Work Health and Safety Prosecutor.

Mr. Guilfoyle, a  Former Assistant Director for the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (CDPP), has been appointed to a five-year term, starting in the role this week.

Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace said Mr. Guilfoyle would lead a new independent statutory office focused on workplace health and safety and electrical safety prosecutions.

Ms. Grace said the new statutory office and the appointment of a Work Health and Safety Prosecutor delivered on a key recommendation of a best practice review of Workplace Health and Safety Queensland.

“The best practice review followed the Dreamworld tragedy and two workplace deaths in 2016 at Eagle Farm racecourse, which shocked and saddened us all,” Ms. Grace said.

“We’ve put in place a stronger framework to deliver an independent and robust workplace prosecution system that Queenslanders can have confidence in.

“The appointment of Mr. Guilfoyle coincides with tougher, best practice safety requirements for Queensland amusement rides and theme parks from May.”

For more information on the Best practice review of Workplace Health and Safety Queensland, visit worksafe.qld.gov.au.

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