Appendix D—Report under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011

The Department is committed to the health, safety and wellbeing of its employees through effective and timely incident investigation and injury management. In 2014–15 oversight of the Work Health and Safety Management System continued including the review, endorsement and implementation of the Work Health Safety Policy and the Work Health Safety Hazard and Incident Investigation Procedure.

Other key initiatives in 2014–15 included the development, endorsement and implementation of a breastfeeding/expressing policy and a work health and safety action plan which raised the profile of work health and safety across the Department. This included the roll out of a communication campaign and scheduling of events during safety month, which resulted in an increase in uptake of early intervention initiatives such as workstation assessments and eyesight reimbursements.

In addition, the Department's contract with the Employee Assistance Program provider has been reviewed and extended for one year.

The Department's Rehabilitation Management System was successfully audited by Comcare and has been recognised as best practice.  The Department's 2015–16 Comcare premium is 0.64 per cent of payroll; a slight decrease from the 2014–15 premium of 0.65 per cent of payroll. The average premium rate for the Australian Government sector in 2014–15 was 1.93 per cent of payroll.

Workplace Health and Safety Statistics

Table D.1 provides a summary of health and safety outcomes, notifiable incidents, investigations and notices in accordance with the Work Health and Safety Act 2011.

Table D.1  Workplace health and safety statistics in 2014–15

Proactive measures
Workstation assessments 174
Employee health assessments 493
Employee influenza vaccinations 493
Wellbeing indicators
Employee using employee assistance (%) 9.31
Days of unscheduled absence per full-time equivalent employeea 15.06
Workers compensation
New claims accepted by Comcareb,c 15
Total weeks lost from new claims through incapacityb 43.44
Average time off work per injury (weeks)b 2.89
Incidents, notifiable incidents, investigations and noticesd
Reported workplace incidents, injuries, illness or near misses 79
Death of a person that required notice to Comcare under section 35 0
Serious injury or illness of a person that required notice to Comcare under section 35 0
Dangerous incident that required notice to Comcare under section 35 1
Notices given to the Department under section 90 (provisional improvement notices) 0
Notices given to the Department under Part 10, section 191 (improvement notices) 1
Notices given to the Department under Part 10, section 195 (prohibition notices) 1
Directions given to the Department under Part 10, section 198 (non-disturbance) 0
Exemptions given under section 276 1
Inspector reports issued by Comcare 4

Notes: 
a  Unscheduled absence includes sick leave, carer's leave and bereavement leave. Workers' compensation leave is not included.
b  These figures are as advised by Comcare.
c Includes eight accepted claims from former employees from the Australian National Railways which was sold by the Australian Government in 1997–98.
d  Includes notifiable incidents, investigations and notices in the Indian Ocean Territories.

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Last Updated: 7 December, 2015