Safe Work Australia
Safe Work Australia (SWA) is a national statutory body responsible for developing and evaluating national policy relating to WHS and Workers’ Compensation. SWA is tripartite and governed by members from the federal, state and territory governments, unions and industry.
James Pearson, as CEO of the Australian Chamber, is our employer representative elected to Safe Work Australia.
Through the Chamber’s membership, employer associations have the opportunity to directly affect changes to the model legislation and supplementary materials, influence the development of national strategies such as the SWA Australian Strategy 2012-2022, determine the focus of new research and have access to jurisdictional data.
As a national policy body, SWA does not regulate WHS or Workers’ Compensation laws. The Commonwealth, states and territories retain responsibility for regulating and enforcing WHS and Workers’ Compensation laws in their jurisdictions; however, what they each adopt as law is heavily influenced by SWA.
Through our membership, employer associations have the opportunity to directly affect changes to the model legislation and supplementary materials. Australian Chamber members are able to review SWA information and draft legislation before it is enacted.
Virtual Seminar Series
During National Safe Work Month in October 2014, SWA initiated the Virtual Seminar Series (VSS). This is a platform where free online seminars are available for viewing which showcase the latest thinking, research, developments and best practice in WHS.
Since 2014, the Australian Chamber has participated in and facilitated our Members involvement in a number of seminars. These include:
2016: Facts and fallacies behind mentally healthy workplaces (Presented by the Australian Chamber)
2015: Becoming a mentally healthy small business (Presented by the Australian Chamber)
2014: Safety leadership in the chemical industry (Presented by Chemistry Australia (formerly PACIA)
2014: Small business and responsive WHS regulation (Presented by the Australian Chamber)