Changes support a continued focus on workplace safety

Released 28/07/2017

Access Canberra is making some changes to enhance workplace safety and ensure resourcing is where it is needed most to deliver on government priorities and community needs.

The administrative changes will support an increased focus on work health and safety and greater education to support safety on worksites as well as other workplaces across the Territory.

This will be supported by realigning statutory office responsibilities to enable the Work Safety Commissioner to focus on this function. The current Commissioner, Greg Jones, will remain in this role.

New arrangements for the other statutory office roles currently held by Mr Jones, being Construction Occupations Registrar and Environment Protection Authority will be filled separately by other officers.

Access Canberra Deputy Director-General Dave Peffer said that the changes had been made as part of ongoing review by Access Canberra to ensure the agency continues to meet the expectations of government, industry, stakeholders and the community.

"Our priority is to ensure we work to protect the community’s safety, as well as supporting innovation to make doing business with government easier," Mr Peffer said.

"This is not the first administrative change the agency has made since it was formed in 2014, and we will continue to respond and make changes as needed. It also reflects the delivery of government priorities including additional officers and a focus on building safety.”

Mr Peffer said Access Canberra had engaged with staff that will be impacted by these changes and will be taking their feedback around implementation on board. Unions and key stakeholders have also been informed of these changes.

"When making these changes, supporting our teams impacted has been a key priority. Access Canberra is confident these changes will continue to support its commitment to supporting workplace, environmental and building safety and regulation," Mr Peffer concluded.

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