WHS Communique 5

ACT Work Health and Safety Council - Communique

Meeting number 5

17 March 2021

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 opened meeting and acknowledged the traditional custodians of the land. The Minister for Industrial Relations and Workplace Safety attended the first quarter of the meeting, highlighting the important role of the WHS Council, the Government’s legislative reform priorities and the significant and ongoing work program of the WHS regulator, WorkSafe ACT. The Minister formally commenced consultations with the Council on the next Statement of Expectations for 2021-22 for WorkSafe ACT.

Council Members discussed the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on workplaces, WHS matters and workers’ compensation, and the regulatory responses to silica dust exposure and industrial manslaughter.

Council Members endorsed the Recommendations Report from the Extreme Weather Conditions Advisory Committee (Weather sub-Committee) for forwarding to the Minister for Industrial Relations and Workplace Safety and agreed to finalise term of the sub-Committee.

Council Members received an update on the first meeting of the Workplace Crystalline Silica Dust Exposure Advisory Committee (Silica sub-Committee) which will consider both WHS and injury management and workers’ compensation issues, with a priority focus on advice on implementing a mandatory silica dust training.

Jacqueline Agius, ACT Work Health and Safety Commissioner provided Members with an update on the recent activities of the regulator, including organisational capability, stakeholder engagement and initiatives and regulatory activity.

Council Members noted the private and public workers’ compensation injury trend data reports (PDF 326KB).

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.