Workplace Safety and Injury Management
The Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations Division within Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate is responsible for whole-of-government policy and guidance on workplace health and safety matters, as well as the delivery of return to work case management services. The Division also delivers safety support services across the Service to assist directorates and agencies to establish and maintain safe workplaces.
The ACT Public Sector Workplace Health and Safety Policy Statement, POL 2012/01' articulates the ongoing commitment to the health, safety and well-being of al ACT Government workers. The policy statement can be located via the following link:
2016 - Workplace Health and Safety Policy Statement [ PDF 126KB]
ACT Public Service workers are covered for workers' compensation under the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (Commonwealth) which is administered by Comcare.
The legislation can be accessed via the following link:
Policy - WHS 07/11 Managing Injury and Illness in the Workplace
A whole-of-government policy has been developed to outline the principles and arrangements surrounding the care, recovery and support of ACTPS staff with work related and non-work related injuries and/or illnesses.
The policy can be accessed via the following link:
WHS-7/11 Managing Injury and Illness in the Workplace [ PDF 362.4KB]
Services to assist workers to stay at or return to work following an injury/illness are provided through the Injury Management Team within Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate, in conjunction with directorate Human Resources staff and supervisors. If you are a worker, supervisor or HR staff member wishing to seek assistance or information about staying at or returning to work after an injury, you can contact the Team on 6205 4519 or at InjuryManagement@act.gov.au.
In July we advised staff that the ACT Government submitted an application to the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission. The purpose of the application was to become a self-insurer within the Comcare scheme for the management of ACTPS employee workers’ compensation arrangements.
Self-insurance will enable the ACT Government to take broader responsibility for the health and recovery of staff, including through preventative healthcare. Importantly, self-insurance does not change the type or amount of workers’ compensation available for ACT Government employees. Self-insurance will also simplify and improve the process for employees seeking compensation.
To support the ACT Government’s move to become a licensed self-insurer, a procurement process commenced in April this year to source an experienced organisation, capable of providing claims administration services.
Following a thorough evaluation process, the ACT Government has now entered into an agreement with Employers Mutual Limited (EML). It is expected that EML will have 35 roles located in Canberra, dedicated to providing services to the ACTPS.
The Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission will consider the ACT Government’s licence application on 28 November 2018. If approved, we intend to commence operating as a self-insurer from 1 March 2019.
EML is now working with the Territory to progress transition activities that will ensure all necessary arrangements are in place to effect the move to self-insurance from 1 March 2019.If you have any queries or concerns, contact the project team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All workers in the ACT are covered under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 which commenced from 1 January 2012. This legislative framework was developed in line with the national harmonisation of workplace safety laws and can be accessed via the following link: www.legislation.act.gov.au/a/2011-35/default.asp
The Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 was also introduced from 1 January 2012 to underpin the Act and provides additional details on the safety requirements around specific issues such as workplace arrangements, facilities, high risk work, contracting and performing manual tasks at work and can be accessed via the following link: www.legislation.act.gov.au/sl/2011-36/default.asp
Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to a range of frequently asked questions about the new legislation have been prepared and can be accessed via the following link:
Frequently Asked Questions for ACT Public Sector Workers - Work Health and Safety Act 2011 [ PDF 164KB]
The Work Injury Reporting system makes it easy to report workplace incidents which have or could cause personal harm.
All work-related accidents/incidents and 'near misses' must be reported within 48 hours.
'Accidents' and 'incidents' to be reported are any workplace event that:
- endangers the health or safety of a person
- results in injury or disease, however minor.
Such events include, but are not limited to situations that:
- affect, or have the potential to affect the psychological health of a person
- result in acute physical injury or a physical injury that has developed over time
- involve a narrow escape (or 'near miss') which could cause future harm in a similar incident.
The Workplace Health and Safety Policy Statement on Accident/Incident Reporting and investigation can be found at the link below.
WHS-05/11 Accident/Incident Reporting and Investigation [ PDF 129KB]
ACT Public Service Workplace Health and Safety Policies
ACT Public Service workplace safety policies are approved by the Commissioner for Public Administration and provide information and practical guidance to assist public service agencies and instrumentalities in meeting their workplace safety responsibilities. For access to these policies see link below.
ACT Public Service WHS Policies
ACT Work Safety Council
The Work Safety Council is established under Part 2.1 of Schedule 2 of the Work Health Safety Act 2011. The Council has existed in similar forms under previous legislation in the ACT.
The council consists of:
- 4 members representing the interests of employees
- 4 members representing the interests of employees
- 4 members appointed by the Minister
- the Work Safety Commissioner.
The Members who are ‘appointed by the Minister’ are generally persons who are not necessarily aligned to either employers or employees but have expertise in work health and safety matters.
A list of Work Safety Council members may be obtained by contacting the Work Safety Policy team within the Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations Division.