In a recent review of the Victorian Worksafe premiums the report found that WorkSafe's current premium system is fair, performing well and is financially sustainable.
WorkSafe agrees in principle with the majority of the review recommendations, particularly around simplification, transparency and enhancing the means in which the broader Scheme objectives for Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) and Return to Work (RTW) are supported within the premium model.
WorkSafe will consider the recommendations as part of Strategy 2030 which is focussed on delivering greater social and economic value to the Victorian community through the regulation of workplace health and safety and delivery of the workers' compensation scheme.
To find out further information or to access the full report please click here.
More inspectors hit the beat to keep Victorians safe at work
Following an intensive 14-week training course, WorkSafe's latest group of inspector and investigator graduates have hit the beat to begin the task of keeping Victorian workers safe.
The 22 graduates, made up of 18 inspectors and four investigators, come from a variety of backgrounds including health care, construction, motor sport, government and major hazards facilities. Seven of the 22 are women.
The new recruits will be based in Melbourne, Geelong, Ballarat, Shepparton and Wangaratta.
They will join an inspectorate that makes more than 40,000 visits to Victorian workplaces each year, targeting unsafe activities, providing practical guidance on hazard identification and risk control, promoting consultation between employers and workers on health and safety matters, and enforcing occupational health and safety laws.
If a business is found to have breached the 2004 OHS Act it may face prosecution and heavy fines. In 2016/17, a total of 70 businesses were found guilty of breaching workplace laws and ordered to pay fines and costs totalling almost $4 million.
Take a glimpse into the future of health and safety and workers' compensation in Victoria. Chief Executive Clare Amies will share Strategy 2030, which highlights the challenges we face and how WorkSafe will transform into a prevention-led, customer-focused, digitally-enabled service organisation.
When: Wednesday, 1 November 2017 from 9:00AM to 4:00PM (AEDT)
Where: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre - 1 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf, VIC 3006
A civil construction company which failed to provide adequate site security at a housing subdivision site in Pakenham has been fined $35,000 after a member of the public on a late-night walk was injured after falling into a hole on the site and becoming trapped.
A charity set up to address high rates of suicide and depression among tradies, a trailer which can be lowered to ground level so goods can be loaded more safely, and a health and safety rep of 19 years who helped introduce a night shift to address worker fatigue are among the winners of the 2017 WorkSafe Awards.
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SafetyFirst can assist you in creating a safe work environment for all your new employees, apprentices and trainees.