The Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012-2022

The Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012 – 2022 builds on the last (2002 – 2012) strategy and continues to drive improvements in workplace health and safety. It promotes collaboration between the Commonwealth, state and territory governments, industry and unions and other organisations that influence work health and safety and workplaces across Australia.

Four outcomes and seven action areas are identified to help achieve the vision of healthy, safe and productive working lives. The outcomes are:

  • a reduced incidence of work-related death, injury and illnessachieved by 
  • reduced exposure to hazards and risksusing
  • improved hazard controlssupported by 
  • an improved national work health and safety infrastructure.

The seven action areas in which actions are required to support the outcomes are:

  • healthy and safe by design
  • supply chains and networks
  • health and safety capabilities
  • leadership and culture
  • research and evaluation
  • government, and
  • responsive and effective regulatory framework.

The strategy also identifies seven priority industries and six priority disorders to concentrate on. Three evidence-based targets measure and evaluate progress:

  • 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.

Questions for discussion

Take a quick look at the Report and identify how it applies to your workplace and work team.

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