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Work Health and Safety

We are committed to safeguarding the health and safety of our employees, workers and visitors by providing and maintaining a safe working environment.

We aim to eliminate all preventable work related injuries and illnesses through active management. Additionally, we are committed to supporting and promoting the health and wellbeing of our employees.

The NHFB WCC is an internal committee which provides a forum to facilitate communication and consultation with employees in line with Part J Consultation and Communication of the NHFB Enterprise Agreement 2016–2019 (Enterprise Agreement).

The WCC also serves as a forum to ensure the NHFB meets the requirements of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (WHS Act) and the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 (the WHS Regulation).

The WCC members include Management, Human Resources, a Health and Safety Representative and an Employee Representative and report to the CEO on matters including:

  • Workplace Conditions
    • For example, the implementation and operation of the Enterprise Agreement, HR policies and change management.
  • Workplace Health and Safety
    • For example, policies and procedures, hazard identification and risk management.

We provide an ongoing commitment to maintain a safe and healthy workplace, and to meet our obligations under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 and the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988. In 2018–19, no directions or notices were issued under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011.

We have a rehabilitation management system as required under Comcare’s Guidelines for Rehabilitation Authorities 2012. These Guidelines provide a framework for our health and safety management arrangements.

Online Work Health and Safety training is available to all employees which assists us in meeting our obligations, and to create a safety-aware workplace.

First Aid Officers and First Aid Kits are located on-site to ensure assistance is available when needed. Workplace Health and Safety training was arranged for new health and safety representatives, and refresher training organised as required for ongoing representatives.

We promote health and wellbeing awareness among employees by supporting an annual program focused on health and lifestyle, which is developed in consultation with employees through the WCC.

In 2018–19, our employees had access to:

  • Workplace assessments and ergonomic equipment;
  • Influenza vaccinations;
  • Rest-break guidance;
  • Access to the Employee Assistance Program;
  • Use of taxis after hours to provide safe transport to and from work;
  • Blood donation leave;
  • Eye sight testing;
  • Family care assistance;
  • Financial assistance to access financial advice for staff 54 years and older;
  • Leave for Australian Defence Force Reserves and continuous full-time service; and
  • Flexible working locations and home-based work (including access to the internet and laptop computers).

Health and Safety Outcomes

In 2018–19, there were no Workers Compensation claims accepted by Comcare. As there were zero workers compensation claims during the reporting year, the NHFBs Workers Compensation premium has decreased for 2018–19.

Comcare premium rates

Year

Premium $ (ex GST)

2018–19

26,710

2017–18

35,976

2016–17

44,447

2015–16

37,108

2014–15

59,183

Disability Reporting

The National Disability Strategy 2010–2020 sets out a ten-year national policy framework to improve the lives of people with disability, promote participation, and create a more inclusive society. A high-level, two-yearly report will track progress against each of the six outcome areas of the strategy and present a picture of how people with a disability are faring. These progress reports can be found at www.dss.gov.au.