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Safe Work Australia Strategic Issues Groups

Safe Work Australia has two committees known as Strategic Issues Groups (SIGs) to assist in the performance of its functions: SIG-WHS and SIG-Workers’ Compensation. These groups provide advice and recommendations to assist Safe Work Australia Members. Secretariat support for each SIG is provided by the agency. Each SIG is tripartite and reflects Safe Work Australia Membership.

Some of the matters considered at SIG meetings in 2018–19 included developing workplace guidance for endometriosis, and providing strategic oversight of the development of the National Return to Work Strategy 2020–2030.

SIG-WHS

SIG-WHS assists Safe Work Australia in performing its functions with regard to WHS matters.

SIG-WHS met three times during 2018–19.

SIG-WHS members as at 30 June 2019

Member

Membership

Mr Mark Cocker

Chair

Mr Adrian Breen

Commonwealth

Mr Andrew Gavrielatos

New South Wales

Ms Dmitry Rozkin

Victoria

Ms Andrea Fox

Queensland

Mr Ivor Roberts

Western Australia

Mr Glenn Farrell

South Australia

Ms Robyn Pearce

Tasmania

Mr Stephen Gelding

Northern Territory

Ms Ellen Lukins

Australian Capital Territory

Mr Liam O’Brien

Australian Council of Trade Unions

Dr Deborah Vallance

Australian Council of Trade Unions

Ms Jennifer Low

Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Ms Tracey Browne

Australian Industry Group

Ms Michelle Baxter

Safe Work Australia

SIG-Workers' Compensation

SIG-Workers’ Compensation assists Safe Work Australia in performing its functions with regard to workers’ compensation matters.

SIG-Workers’ Compensation met three times during 2018–19.

SIG-Workers’ Compensation members as at 30 June 2019

Member

Membership

Mr Michael Young

Chair

Ms Kathryn Ries

Commonwealth

Ms Natalie Bekis

Comcare

Mr Darren Parker

New South Wales

Mr Shane O'Dea

Victoria

Ms Janene Hillhouse

Queensland

Mr Chris White

Western Australia

Mr Rob Cordiner

South Australia

Mr Mark Cocker

Tasmania

Ms Kerry Barnaart

Northern Territory

Ms Rebecca Parton

Australian Capital Territory

Mr Chris Prast

Australian Council of Trade Unions

Mr Dave Henry

Australian Council of Trade Unions

Ms Jennifer Low

Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Ms Tracey Browne

Australian Industry Group

Ms Anthea Raven

Safe Work Australia

SIG-Explosives

SIG-Explosives assisted Safe Work Australia in the development of a nationally consistent explosives framework.

The committee did not meet during 2018–19 as the policy proposals the committee had been assisting with were with WHS ministers for decision.

In late 2018, WHS ministers in all jurisdictions agreed in-principle to consider implementing a nationally consistent explosives framework. As the work of the committee had concluded, the committee was dissolved.