WorkSafe ACT Established
Source: Safety Concepts
The ACT Government announced recently it is overhauling Occupational Health
and Safety Regulation through the establishment of a new body called
WorkSafe ACT that will enhance work safety in the Territory.
In a press release from the office of the Attorney General Simon Corbell
this new WorkSafe ACT will perform a crucial function and will combine the
educational and compliance roles under the Commissioner for Work Safety.
The Government has committed $2.4m over the next four years to improve
management structure and enhance the regulatory presence around the ACT.
The funds will be used for additional inspectors as well as support staff.
This follows reforms the government has implemented to clarify the role of
the work safety regulator in the community. The role of educator and
regulator will be delivered by the new branch to be led by the Work Safety
Commissioner. The Commissioner will be given the power to ensure people are
complying with the work safety and workers compensation laws in the ACT.
Mr Corbell said the Government will now develop a detailed draft
implementation plan in consultation with a range of key industry
stakeholders. "The Government will also undertake reviews of the new
arrangements at both six and twelve months of implementation," Mr Corbell
added. "The Work Safety Commissioner has been successful in raising the
profile of work safety education in the ACT. Those functions will now be
expanded to assume the responsibility for regulation of work safety and
workers compensation in the ACT," he said.
WorkSafe ACT is about providing better enforcement, education and
compliance in Occupational Health and Safety in the ACT.