Bill Shorten will Develop National Rehab Strategy if he wins Leadership

Reported by Zoe | 07 Oct, 2013

Bill Shorten has said that if he becomes The Labor Party’s federal leader next Sunday he will create a national rehabilitation strategy that will make sure that people on disability pensions and injured workers can return to work. “This is not about punitive measures, nor attacking benefits but a view that people should not be …

Australian Government to invest more than $10.5M for asbestos safety

Reported by Haydee | 15 May, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library The Australian Government will invest more than $10.5 million to establish a national approach in protecting the people from asbestos-related diseases. This was revealed by the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, Bill Shorten on Tuesday. “Asbestos is a cruel, indiscriminate killer, and because of its widespread use over much of the …

Federal Budget Set to Allocate $20 Million for Bullying Fight

Reported by Zoe | 11 May, 2013

The Herald Sun has revealed that the Fair Work Commission will be allocated $20 million in Tuesday’s Federal Budget to take on the new role dealing with workplace bullying from July 1 this year. Currently lost productivity because of bullying costs the economy about $36 billion a year. Recently Bill Shorten, the Workplace Relations Minister, …

Shorten urges workers not to ignore small work hazards

Reported by Haydee | 29 Apr, 2013

Photo: Ministers’ Media Centre Employment Minister Bill Shorten encouraged Australian workers to observe even small hazards in their workplaces as it could result to injuries or death. Speaking after unveiling the National Workers Memorial at Kings Park in Canberra for the inaugural International Workers Memorial Day, Mr Shorten said most workplace related deaths and injuries …

Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act Review released

Reported by Haydee | 02 Apr, 2013

Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, Bill Shorten has released on Saturday the report from the Review of the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (the SRC Act). The government commissioned the review to ensure that injured workers covered by the Act and Comcare receive sufficient support to recover and return to work as quickly …

Government criticised over Building Code

Reported by Haydee | 14 Feb, 2013

Photo: SafetyCulture Library The Federal Government received several criticisms over its handling of the Building Code 2013. According to a joint statement by the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) and other industry associations in the building and construction sector, they are concerned that the new Code was published only two days before its …

Bullies in the Workplace Could Face Large Fines

Reported by Zoe | 12 Feb, 2013

A push by the current federal government for victims to complain directly to a national body could mean that workplace bullies could be awarded fines up to $33,000. This would replace the current system of reporting to the state and territory health and safety authorities. Bill Shorten, the Workplace Relations Minister, has said the plan …

New Safe Work Australia Chair appointed

Reported by Haydee | 11 Feb, 2013

A new Safe Work Australia Chair has been appointed by the Minister for Employment Relations, Bill Shorten. Miss Ann Sherry AO will be appointed to this position for three years. She is also the Chief Executive Officer of Carnival Australia, the largest cruise ship operator in Australasia. Prior to holding this position, she was with …

Workplace bullying inquiry recommends establishment of national service for harassed workers

Reported by Haydee | 26 Nov, 2012

Minister Bill ShortenPhoto: Ministers’ Media Centre A parliamentary inquiry into workplace bullying urges the Federal Government to establish a national service to provide advice and assistance to workers and employers. The inquiry also recommends a hotline service for harassed workers. Three hundred submissions were heard, most of them from workers who have been bullied, as …

Minister Bill Shorten Launches the Australian Strategy 2012-2022

Reported by Zoe | 01 Nov, 2012

Photo: Media Centre Minister Bill Shorten launched the Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012-2012 (Australian Strategy) yesterday at Parliament House, which supplies an outline to assist the development of work health and safety nationwide. The Australian Strategy endorses a collaborative approach to work health and safety between the Commonwealth, state and territory governments, industry, …

Safety Ambassador of the Year recognised

Reported by Haydee | 31 Oct, 2012

The Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, Bill Shorten announced the winner of the Safety Ambassador of the Year Awards at a ceremony at Australian Parliament House in Canberra. Jacinta Macaulay from Ron Finemore Transport was given the award for her commitment to improving work health and safety. This year’s winner is a Return to …

Comcare to take the lead in promoting quad bike safety

Reported by Haydee | 27 Oct, 2012

Photo: SafetyCulture Library Minister Bill Shorten has asked ComCare to lead in helping eliminate the risks associated with quad bike use within the Commonwealth jurisdiction. Comcare’s role will include: Requiring senior leaders of employers in the scheme to review their use of quad bikes Agreeing with employers plans to replace in the scheme to replace …

Minister Bill Shorten Announces Seafarers Workers Compensation Review

Reported by Zoe | 23 Oct, 2012

Workplace Relations Minister has announced a review of the seafarers’ compensation rules with the aim to update the Federal Seafarers’ Compensation Scheme, which was established in 1992 and has not been reviewed since its inception. According to Mr Shorten the current coverage of Seacare is complex and at times it is difficult to determine whether …

Construction of National Workers Memorial begins

Reported by Haydee | 29 Sep, 2012

National Workers MemorialPhoto: The Sydney Morning Herald Construction of the National Workers Memorial has commenced in Canberra. The memorial funded by the federal government will pay tribute to all Australian workers who lost their lives to work-related accidents and diseases. The design for the memorial features a series of tall columns which represent the contributions …

The Office of Asbestos Safety Announced Today

Reported by Zoe | 04 Sep, 2012

Bill Shorten, the Federal Workplace Relations Minister, announced the creation of the Office of Asbestos Safety today at a summit in Sydney. With approximately 600 people dying every year from asbestos related illnesses, the purpose of this new national agency is to supervise the elimination of asbestos from all commercial and government premises by 2030. …

Quad Bike Safety Paper Released Today for Comment

Reported by Zoe | 04 Sep, 2012

Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations Bill Shorten released the promised discussion paper today that addresses quad bike safety. Already this year 10 lives have been lost due to injuries related to quad bike accidents and they are the principal cause of fatalities on Australian farms. Mr Shorten has called for public comment on the …

All asbestos must be removed by 2030, says government report

Reported by Haydee | 22 Aug, 2012

A report commissioned by the Federal Government has called for the removal of all asbestos-containing materials from commercial and government buildings by 2030. The report released last Thursday by Workplace Minister Bill Shorten is also calling for a national asbestos management body to be set up. AAP reported that Mr Shorten warns of the possibility …

Victoria not Keen to Embrace National OHS Laws

Reported by Zoe | 10 Aug, 2012

The Victorian Premier, Ted Ballieu has said that signing on to the national OHS Laws proposed by the Federal Government will cost the businesses in Victoria billions of dollars. He added that synchronising the OHS Laws nationwide is a good thing and supported by his government but the national alignment would be a cost of …

National Workers Memorial to be built in Canberra

Reported by Haydee | 16 Mar, 2012

The winning design for the National Workers Memorial. Photo: The Sydney Morning Herald A $3 million national memorial for fallen workers will be built next year in Canberra. The winning design of the National Workers Memorial was unveiled on Thursday at Parliament House. The memorial funded by the federal government will pay tribute to all …

Physical and psychological stress costs Australians $30 billion a year

Reported by Haydee | 13 Mar, 2012

Safe Work Australia published a new report which shows that physical and psychological stress costs Australians more than $30 billion a year or half the total cost of workplace injury. According to the report, the total cost of work-related injury and diseases can now be assessed at $60.6 billion a year, despite the country’s recording …

Recipients for Asbestos Innovation Fund announced

Reported by Haydee | 12 Mar, 2012

Employment and Workplace Relations Minister, Bill Shorten announced the first recipients of the Asbestos Innovation Fund. Applicants coming from New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia and Queensland have been awarded grants under the Comcare Asbestos Innovation Fund. The fund which aims to promote awareness of the dangers of asbestos and examine new ways to treat …