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We take a proactive approach to work health and safety and injury prevention for all employees. We continue to identify and assess hazards within the workplace and ensure that risk control strategies are in place. In 2019–20, we:
- provided advice and guidance to the ACIC and AIC Executives and staff in relation to COVID-19 and began developing a COVIDSafe transition plan for the agency;
- strengthened our existing work health and safety systems by improving relevant policies, processes and planned risk assessments;
- provided access to an employee assistance program which includes 24/7 emergency counselling, employee and manager assistance, mediation services and other information and support services;
- provided staff with access to early intervention support, ergonomic assessments and health/injury advice and support;
- continued to undertake targeted and random unannounced drug and alcohol testing of employees;
- conducted regular workplace inspections to identify hazards and determine appropriate controls; and
- continued to provide early intervention training to give managers tools and strategies to support employees.
National Work Health and Safety Committee
The National Work Health and Safety Committee is responsible for:
- supporting the ACIC and AIC Executive to identify, develop, review and implement measures to protect and actively manage the health and safety of employees;
- promoting and monitoring measures to ensure safe work practices;
- facilitating consultation and communication with employees about work health and safety matters; and
- undertaking functions prescribed in the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 and associated regulations.
The National Work Health and Safety Committee is the conduit for consultation with employees on all work health and safety issues. Local Work Health and Safety Committees also meet regularly and provide input to the National Committee. The National Work Health and Safety Committee generally meets quarterly. However, meetings were delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Health and wellbeing program
Our Health and Wellbeing Program continues to evolve with staff input, reviews of better practice and new initiatives. The program aims to:
- help staff make positive health and behaviour changes;
- promote a culture that supports healthy and positive lifestyles;
- provide a central source of health and wellbeing information and resources, including the Wellbeing Calendar of Events;
- inspire staff to take ownership of health and wellbeing initiatives in their offices;
- encompass a broad view of health including physical, mental and social aspects; and
- demonstrate our commitment to the health and wellbeing of employees and their families.
An agency’s workers compensation insurance premium is driven by its performance in managing workers compensation claims and supporting injured employees to return to work. As a direct result of the unprecedented events associated with the COVID‐19 pandemic, the premium fund will be impacted by deteriorating economic conditions, variations in the numbers and types of claims employees make, and potential changes relating to the rehabilitation and return‐to‐work of injured employees.
The AIC is committed to preventing injury and illness and helping employees return to work as quickly and safely as possible. Our commitment is demonstrated by our rehabilitation and injury management practices, early intervention systems and wellbeing support programs. There were no workers compensation claims submitted by AIC employees during 2019–20.
Incidents and investigations
There was one incident reported during 2019–20. The mechanism of injury was biological/chemical factors.
Under section 38 of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011, the agency is required to notify Comcare immediately after becoming aware of any death, serious personal injury or dangerous incident.
There were no notifiable incidents during 2019–20 involving AIC employees. Nor was the AIC subject to any external work health and safety investigations in 2019–20.