UnionsACT says the independent review of WorkSafe ACT and the ACT’s work safety compliance and enforcement policies are long overdue.
The review is going to be led by Dr Claire Noone of Nous Group and according to the government there are a number issues the review will consider including the approach to safety compliance and enforcement as outlined in WorkSafe ACT’s Compliance framework as well as the effectiveness of WorkSafe’s governance structure.
The review will also examine the appropriateness of WorkSafe ACT’s organisational structure and how the state collects, uses and analyses data as well as the impact of information sharing within Access Canberra and across the government.
UnionsACT highlighted that since Access Canberra and WorkSafe merged, the work safety regulator had to prioritise ineffective education programs at the expense of workplace inspections and other compliance activities. This meant that the regulator was unwilling to enforce penalties or undertake prosecutions, UnionsACT said.
It said the ACT was the second more dangerous jurisdiction to work in Australia, particularly for construction workers. Read more at: https://the-riotact.com/unions-welcome-independent-review-of-work-health-and-safety-oversight/247306