Work Safety Council's purpose/legislative mandate
The Council will inquire into, and report on, workers’ compensation and work safety matters referred to it by the Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations. It will also advise the Minister on workers’ compensation and work safety matters generally.
Council advices and activities will be:
- evidence based;
- outcome driven; and
- designed to assist industry and government to increase their capacity to prevent and manage work injuries.
The Council’s activities will support ACT achievement of National WHS Strategy 2012-22 targets:
- a reduction of at least 20 per cent in the number of worker fatalities due to injury;
- a reduction of at least 30 per cent in the incidence rate of claims resulting in one or more weeks off work; and
- a reduction of at least 30 per cent in the incidence rate of claims for musculoskeletal disorders resulting in one or more weeks off work.
The Council will have a particular focus on the following industries, which are based on the national priority industries, adjusted for the Territory’s industry profile and performance:
- health care and human services;
- accommodation and food services;
- public administration; and
2017 Priority areas and flagship activities
1. Advise on the effectiveness of the WHS and Injury Management regulatory frameworks and make recommendations for how they might be made more effective and efficient.
2. Inquire and advise on issues identified by the Minister, including:
Construction industry sub-committee to advise on Getting Home Safely and asbestos safety issues including the risk of importation of asbestos contaminated materials to the ACT.
3. Promote strong industry leadership and injury management/safety awareness within industry and government