WHS Communique 2

ACT Work Health and Safety Council - Communique

Meeting number 2

27 February 2020

The Work Health and Safety Council is established under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 to advise the Minister for Employment and Workplace Safety on matters relating to work safety, workers’ compensation and activities of the work health and safety regulator. The Council meets quarterly and includes representatives from government, industry, and unions.

Summary of discussions

The Chair acknowledged the country and contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and welcomed Members to the second meeting of the WHS Council.

Members discussed the forward two-year Business Plan for the Council and agreed the general work program noting that it may be amended following establishment of the new Office of the WHS Commissioner.

Council Members discussed the issue of silicosis and considered establishing a subcommittee for progressing immediate work in this area. Other issues considered were the impact of climate change, in particular extreme weather conditions and bushfire smoke, and mandatory white card construction training under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011.

Council Members were given an update on the progress of establishing the new Office of the WHS Commissioner and appointment of the new WHS Commissioner. Members agreed their support for the WHS Commissioner’s independence, including having a formal ability to make Budget Bids directly to the portfolio Minister.

Council Members considered the latest injury trend data report.

Council Members expressed a motion of condolence for the two workers who lost their lives this year in the construction industry, marking their respect to the workers, their families and friends with a minute silence.

Council Members considered issues in the construction industry and the level of awareness of health and safety hazards, risk prevention and mitigation strategies between the residential and construction industry sectors.

The meeting was closed by the Chair.

Jason O’Mara
Chair, WHS Council


For information about the ACT Work Safety Council please email ACTWorkSafetyCouncil.Secretariat@act.gov.au

If you are experiencing problems accessing the information in the Trend Report - Lost time injuries PDF, please email WorkInjuryReporting@act.gov.au and we will endeavour to provide the information in an alternative format.