The Agency is currently conducting the tender selection process for the new National Office in Geelong, Victoria.
The design specifications for the new National Office will deliver the highest standard of accessibility and bring to life a modern building with the capacity to accommodate the required workforce for delivery of a government agency service to the entire country.
Work health and safety performance
The Agency acknowledges its employer responsibilities under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (WHS Act), the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 and anti-discrimination legislation.
The Agency takes all reasonably practicable measures to protect the health, safety and welfare of its workers while at work, including providing a safe work environment. The Agency’s Work Health and Safety Policy, and Health and Safety Management Arrangements promote consultation, prevention and early intervention and are aligned with the Agency’s belief in looking after and valuing its people. The Agency recognises that effective health and safety management systems are good business practice and reduce work-related injury and illness costs. The Agency supports access to information about overall health and wellbeing for its people.
Specific actions taken in 2015–16 included:
- Engagement of external auditors to audit both Work Health and Safety (WHS) and rehabilitation management systems to assist the agency to identify where further growth of these systems is required ensuring continued compliance with legislative requirements.
- Due diligence training for Agency officers rolled out.
- Health and wellbeing and injury and illness management webpages including a suite of documents to support both managers and staff was added to the WHS intranet page.
- Health and Safety Representative Network was consolidated and supported by the endorsement of the Work Health and Safety arrangements.
- Implementation of the Work Health and Safety e-learning package.
- Wellbeing Champions Network launched.
- Prevention of psychosocial injury training delivered nationwide.
- 176 workstation assessments were undertaken.
- Rollout of the Agency’s Workplace Health and Safety Early Intervention Program inclusive of training.
- Over 376 staff participated in the influenza vaccination program.
The Agency will develop an evaluation framework to assess the efficiency of its current and future workplace health and safety initiatives.