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Work Health and Safety

The Office is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy workplace for all employees, contractors and visitors. We acknowledge our employer responsibilities under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011, the Safety Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 and relevant anti-discrimination legislation.

During 2018–19 we undertook many health and safety initiatives, including:

  • A new office-wide Wellbeing Program consisting of four themes across the calendar year: mindfulness, physical activity, nutrition and staying connected.
  • A specialised wellbeing service for areas identified as ‘high risk’ due to the nature of the work. The service includes one-on-one wellbeing check sessions with staff to work through any areas of risk to the employee’s wellbeing and help with proactive strategies for optimal wellbeing.
  • A new Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provider was engaged to deliver preventative and active counselling and coaching services to all employees.
  • Free flu vaccinations for employees
  • The Office achieved Gold accreditation through Mental Health First Aid Australia’s skilled workplace program, as a result of the number of staff who have completed mental health first aid training and the strategic work undertaken in prevention, early intervention and advancing our health and wellbeing programs.
  • Workplace safety inspections, resulting in high compliance rates across all offices.
  • Staff representative training and refresher training for Health and Safety Representatives, Harassment Contact Officers and First Aid Officers.

During the reporting period there were no notifiable incidents.

Workplace arrangements

The Office’s Enterprise Agreement 2017–20 came into effect on 31 August 2017.

As at 30 June 2019, a total of 230 employees were covered under the current agreement. The Agreement does not make provision for performance pay. Salary advancement within each of the non-SES classifications is linked to performance. Eight employees had an Individual Flexibility Arrangement in place under the provisions contained in the agreement.

Conditions are provided for SES staff under s 24(1) of the Public Service Act 1999 (Public Service Act). Determinations under s 24(1) of the Public Service Act provide SES annual salary advancement based on performance and do not make provision for performance pay.

The Office does not have any staff employed under Australian Workplace Agreements or common law contracts.

The Office offers non-salary benefits to our employees under the agreement and other individual industrial instruments. These benefits incorporate various types of leave, such as annual, personal and long service leave, as well as flexible working arrangements, access to salary packaging, lifestyle reimbursement and eyewear reimbursement for screen-based work.