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Reference groups

Communication Reference Group

The Communication Reference Group (CRG) is made up of communication officers representing each Safe Work Australia Member. The group shares information on communication activities, awareness raising campaigns and findings of communication research.

Safe Work Australia collaborated with the CRG throughout 2018–19, including on the planning and delivery of activities to build awareness of National Safe Work Month, World Day for Safety and Health at Work, Workers’ Memorial Day and the Virtual Seminar Series. The group is also given updates about new Safe Work Australia publications, fact sheets and research so these can be distributed through its networks.

Evidence Reference Group

The Evidence Reference Group (ERG) is a strategic forum that shares and collaborates on key evidence activities. The group consists of data and research professionals from across Safe Work Australia Member representatives, as well as representation from WorkSafe New Zealand.

Its role is to work collaboratively to identify, discuss and address key WHS and workers’ compensation evidence requirements and issues. In 2018–19, the agency engaged regularly with the group, which contributed to work on a range of issues including:

  • the development of a National Work Health and Safety Prosecutions Database
  • improvements to work-related fatality reporting, and
  • research on work-related musculoskeletal disorders and occupational lung diseases.

The group helps to drive a nationally-coordinated and cooperative approach to promote the efficient and effective use of Australia’s data and research resources, in line with the Australian Strategy and the National Return to Work Strategy 2020–2030.