Safe Work Australia releases annual report

Reported by Haydee | 18 Dec, 2012

Safe Work Australia has released its third annual report in both Houses of the Australian Parliament on Monday, 26 November 2012. The Annual Report is published to inform Parliament, ministers, governments and the community of Safe Work Australia’s performance in implementing improvements to key work health and safety and workers’ compensation arrangements across the country. …

Shorten calls on Victoria and WA to introduce the harmonised WHS laws

Reported by Haydee | 22 Nov, 2012

The Hon Bill Shorten MP Photo: Ministers’ Media Centre Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, Bill Shorten urged Victoria and Western Australia to introduce the harmonised Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws following South Australia and Tasmania’s move to adopt the new laws. Mr Shorten said that harmonised laws will reduce red tape and deliver …

Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws and strata title bodies corporate

Reported by Haydee | 07 Aug, 2012

Safe Work Australia has released answers to frequently asked questions (FAQ) to clarify whether and if so how the new work health and safety (WHS) laws apply to strata title bodies corporate. The new harmonised WHS laws have already been implemented in New South Wales, Queensland, the Australian Capital Territory, the Northern Territory and Commonwealth …

New work health and safety resource kit launched

Reported by Haydee | 01 Aug, 2012

A new work health and safety resource kit for volunteers was launched to help remove uncertainty about how the new WHS laws apply. The kit is part of the Australian Government’s continuing commitment in assisting volunteers and organisations in understanding the new work health and safety (WHS) laws. This drive is a result of round …

Safe Work Australia works on new WHS tool kit for volunteers

Reported by Haydee | 18 Jul, 2012

A new tool kit which aims to provide accessible information to volunteer organisations covered by the new Work Health and Safety laws is currently being developed by Safe Work Australia and the Volunteering Working Group. The new volunteer kit will help minimise red tape by showing volunteers how to comply with the laws. It will …

Comcare develops work health and safety e-learning modules for managers

Reported by Haydee | 18 Jul, 2012

Comcare has recently developed an e-learning module to aid managers in acquiring more knowledge on the new work health and safety (WHS) legislation. It includes information for managers to assist them in focusing on their roles and responsibilities under the WHS laws. The latest module builds on the worker module released earlier and includes: An …

Issues Paper on Working Safely on the Waterfront now open for public comment

Reported by Haydee | 17 Jul, 2012

Safe Work Australia released an Issues Paper on Friday for the review of the national guidance material –Working Safely on the Waterfront which is now open for public comment. A review of the national guidance material is being conducted to identify content that must be adapted for inclusion in a model code of practice for …

Safe Work Australia sets up helpline to help volunteers understand new WHS laws

Reported by Haydee | 03 Feb, 2012

As part of a package of resources for volunteers, Safe Work Australia has set up the ‘Volunteer Assistance Line,’ a dedicated telephone helpline to assist volunteers and volunteer organisations in understanding how new work health and safety laws affect them. Safe Work Australia Chair, Mr Tom Phillips today launched the new volunteer package assistance in …

Safe Work Australia clarifies issue on volunteers and the new WHS laws

Reported by Haydee | 19 Jan, 2012

Mr Tom Phillips of Safe Work Australia expressed his concern over media reports pertaining to volunteers’ concerns and the new Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws. He expressed concern that inaccurate and alarmist claims regarding the new WHS laws could seriously discourage volunteers and potential volunteers from doing volunteer work. Safe Work Australia clarifies that …

Speak Up campaign launched to educate workers of their workplace safety rights

Reported by Haydee | 03 Jan, 2012

The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) encourages Australian workers to take advantage of new laws by appointing safety representatives as the harmonised WHS laws have taken effect in most part of the country during the weekend. A campaign called “Speak Up” has been launched by Australian unions to “inform workers of their rights, and …

Safer and more productive workplaces for Australians with the harmonised WHS laws

Reported by Haydee | 30 Dec, 2011

Millions of Australians will enjoy safer and more productive workplaces from January 1 when most states and territories have implemented harmonised health and safety laws. This is according to new Employment and Workplace Minister Bill Shorten who also expressed his disappointment to Victoria and Western Australia for deciding to defer the implementation of the harmonised …