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Safe Work Australia

Latest News:

  • 15 February 2010 - First meeting of the Strategic Issues Group - Workers Compensation (SIG-WC); the SIG-WC has responsibility for overseeing activities associated with the national harmonisation of workers compensation practices.
  • 1 November 2009 - Safe Work Australia began operating as an independent statutory agency with primary responsibility to improve occupational health and safety and workers’ compensation arrangements across Australia
  • July 2009 - First meeting of the Strategic Issues Group - OHS (SIG-OHS) was held on 2 July 2009; the SIG-OHS has the responsibility for overseeing the development of the Model OHS Act and the Model OHS Regulations.
  • June 2009 - First meeting of the Safe Work Australia Council held on 10 June 2009.
  • June 2009 - Mark Goodsell, Director NSW, Ai Group has been appointed as one of two employer representatives, to the Safe Work Australia Council. Tracey Browne, Manager, National OHS Policy and Membership Services will represent Ai Group on the SIG-OHS.

In February 2009 the Workplace Relations Ministers Council agreed to establish Safe Work Australia (SWA) as an Executive Agency prescribed under the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997.

The establishment of SWA was initially intended to take place through a legislative Bill which was introduced into Parliament on 4 September 2008. However, the Government did not accept amendments made by the Senate, and subsequently withdrew the Bill. 

The Bill was reintroduced into Parliament in May 2009 to enable SWA to be established as an independent body, as agreed in the Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA). The Act received Royal Asssent on 15 September 2009 and Safe Work Australia began operating as an independent statutory agency on 1 November 2009.

The Safe Work Australia (SWA) and the Strategic Issues Group (SIG-OHS) have overseen development of the National Model Work Health and Safety (WHS) Bill. Work is now progressing on the development of WHS Regulations and Codes of Practice to support the Regulations

The SWA and SIG-OHS are also progressing business which has been carried over from the activities of the Australian Safety and Compensation Council. 

In December 2009, Safe Work Australia approved the establishment of a Strategic Issues Group - Workers Compenation (SIG-WC). Further information about the role and activities of the SIG-WC can be found here