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Department of Premier and Cabinet

Work Health and Safety

The State Service Management Office established a Work Health and Safety Unit in January 2013 with the aim of improving the health and safety of the State Service workforce.

WHS Unit

The WHS Unit does this by:

  • developing, implementing and evaluating work health and safety strategy across the State Service; and
  • providing advisory, coordination, consultancy and auditing services to State Service Agencies and Authorities on work health, safety, wellbeing, injury and compensation management.

State Service Work Health and Safety Reference Group

The WHS Unit supports the sharing of WHS initiatives across the State Service through the State Service Work Health and Safety Reference Group. This Group has representation from most areas of the State Service and meets bi-monthly. The Group's Terms of Reference can be downloaded here.

Public Sector Work Health and Safety Consultative Forum

In addition, in recognition that unions have an important role in supporting good work health and safety practice, the WHS Unit also support three monthly meetings of the Public Sector Work Health and Safety Consultative Forum. The Forum's Terms of Reference can be downloaded here.

Employment Direction 27 – Work Health and Safety

The State Service is committed to becoming an exemplar of work health and safety practice and through the observance of Employment Direction 27 – Work Health and Safety. Guidelines provide further details in support of the Employment Direction and contain a template WHS Plan.

State Service Work Health and Safety Policy

The Premier signed the State Service Work Health and Safety Policy in November 2012.

Health and Wellbeing

The State Service approach to Health and Wellbeing is contained in Employment Direction 23 – Workplace Health and WellbeingGuidelines provide further details in support of the Employment Direction.

Further guidance on Implementing a Health and Wellbeing program in the State Service can be found here.

Statistical reports about Work Health and Safety in the State Service

1. Progress against the National OHS Strategy

WorkCover Tasmania monitors and reports on work health and safety for Tasmania. In May 2012 it produced a report detailing the State's progress against the national strategy. This can be located under the heading Progress against the National OHS Strategy at http://www.workcover.tas.gov.au/resources?result_166876_result_page=P

2. Tasmanian Risk Management Fund

The Department of Treasury and Finance administer the Tasmanian Risk Management Fund. The annual reports about this fund provide some detail about the cost and number of workers' compensation claims lodged by members of that fund. It should be noted however that this fund does not included all State Service agencies and authorities and includes some organisation outside the State Service. Information about the Fund and its annual reports can be found at http://www.treasury.tas.gov.au/domino/dtf/dtf.nsf/v-search?SearchView&Query=trmf&SearchWV=TRUE&Start=1&Count=50

3. Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012-2022

The Australian Governments endorsed the Australian Safe Work Strategy 2012-2022 late last year. This sets WHS performance targets for the next ten years and includes actions to be taken by governments across Australia to support the achievements of these targets. This Strategy can be found at http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/sites/swa/australian-strategy/pages/australian-strategy

4. National Statistics

National statistics relating to WHS performance are produced by Safe Work Australia and can be found at http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/sites/swa/statistics/workers-compensation-data/pages/wc-data