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 2015–16, the Work Health and Safety Management System was reviewed, updated and endorsed by the Executive.

Other documents supporting our Work Health and Safety Management System were also reviewed and updated during the year, including the Work Health and Safety Policy, the Alcohol and Drug Procedure, the Quit Smoking Guidelines, the Work Health and Safety Fieldwork Guidelines, the First Aid Policy, the Hazard and Incident Investigation Procedure, the Eyesight Guidelines and the International Work Health and Safety Travel Guidelines.

A work health and safety plan is in place to raise the profile of this issue across the Department. This includes an ongoing communication campaign and the promotion of Mental Health Week and Safety Month, which was held in October 2015.

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

The Department's 2016–17 Comcare premium is 0.77 per cent of payroll. This is considerably lower than the average premium rate for the Australian Government sector, which sits at 1.72 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 2015–16

Proactive measures
Workstation assessments 279
Employee health assessments 357
Employee influenza vaccinations 503
Wellbeing indicators
Employee using employee assistance (%) 8.13
Days of unscheduled absence per full-time equivalent employeea 13.9
Workers compensation
New claims accepted by Comcareb,c 6
Total weeks lost from new claims through incapacityb 0
Average time off work per injury (weeks)b 0
Incidents, notifiable incidents, investigations and noticesd
Reported workplace incidents, injuries, illness or near misses 99
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) 0
Notices given to the Department under Part 10, section 195 (prohibition notices) 0
Directions given to the Department under Part 10, section 198 (non-disturbance) 0
Exemptions given under section 276 1
Inspector reports issued by Comcare 1

Notes:

  1. Unscheduled absence includes sick leave, carers leave and bereavement leave. Workers compensation leave is not included.
  2. These figures are as advised by Comcare.
  3. Includes eight accepted claims from former employees from the Australian National Railways which was sold by the Australian Government in 1997–98.
  4. Includes notifiable incidents, investigations and notices in the Indian Ocean Territories.

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Last Updated: 12 December, 2016