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Other contributing roles

We provide support and representation on a number of important committees, and participate and provide advice in forums including:

Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission

Commissioner – CEO, Michelle Baxter
Deputy Commissioner – General Counsel, Amanda Johnston

The Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission is a statutory body with regulatory functions relating to Comcare and other authorities that determine workers’ compensation claims under the Commonwealth workers’ compensation scheme.

Heads of Workplace Safety Authorities

Observer – CEO, Michelle Baxter

The Heads of Workplace Safety Authorities (HWSA) is a group comprising representatives of the jurisdictional bodies responsible for the regulation and administration of WHS in Australia and New Zealand. HWSA mounts national compliance campaigns targeted at specific industries. These campaign initiatives facilitate the development of consistent approaches to nationally recognised priorities.

Heads of Workers’ Compensation Authorities

Observer – CEO, Michelle Baxter

Heads of Workers’ Compensation Authorities (HWCA) is a group comprising representatives of the jurisdictional bodies responsible for the regulation and administration of workers’ compensation in Australia and New Zealand. HWCA promotes and implements best practice in workers’ compensation arrangements in the areas of policy and legislative matters, regulation and scheme administration.

Australian Forum of Explosive Regulators

Observer – Director, Chemicals Policy, Paul Taylor

The Australian Forum of Explosive Regulators (AFER) is a forum of government authorities responsible for administering explosives safety and security legislation in Australia. AFER’s key functions are to advise governments on all aspects of explosives safety regulation and provide recommendations on the development and implementation of nationally consistent legislation and safety and security standards.

Asbestos Safety and Eradication Council

Commonwealth member – CEO, Michelle Baxter

Michelle Baxter is the Commonwealth Member of the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Council (ASEC). The agency provides input into the National Strategic Plan on Asbestos Awareness and Management and the overall work of the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency (ASEA) through Ms Baxter’s role on the ASEC, and provides advice to ASEA on matters related to WHS as needed.

Asbestos Interdepartmental Committee

Representative – Acting Branch Manager, Hazards, Meredith Bryant
Representative – Director, Chemicals Policy, Paul Taylor

The Asbestos Interdepartmental Committee (Asbestos IDC) is a group comprising representatives of Commonwealth policy and supporting agencies. The Asbestos IDC was established to provide strategic direction to enable effective policy and regulatory coordination across Commonwealth agencies in managing asbestos issues across the supply chain.

Federal Safety Commissioner’s Australian Government Agency Reference Group

Representative – Acting Branch Manager, Hazards, Meredith Bryant

The Federal Safety Commissioner’s Australian Government Agency Reference Group (AGARG) was established to promote the sharing of information, facilitate feedback from client agencies and provide advice to the Federal Safety Commissioner (FSC) on the Australian Government Building and Construction WHS Accreditation Scheme and its operations. AGARG members are drawn from Commonwealth agencies and Commonwealth Corporate Entities that are major clients of the building and construction industry.

Quad Bike Interdepartmental Committee

Representative – Acting Branch Manager, Hazards, Meredith Bryant

The Quad Bike Interdepartmental Committee (Quad Bike IDC) was established in 2017 to identify and develop national initiatives to improve quad bike safety. In addition to Safe Work Australia, the Quad Bike IDC includes representatives of Commonwealth policy agencies with responsibilities or significant interest in quad bike safety (for example, Attorney-General’s Department, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission), as well as three state and territory WHS regulators nominated by HWSA.

G20 Occupational Safety and Health Expert Network

Representative – CEO, Michelle Baxter

The G20 Occupational Safety and Health Expert Network contributes to improving communication, coordination and information sharing between G20 countries in line with Ministerial Declaration and Leader expectations. The network facilitates greater communication among country experts, representatives of international organisations, businesses, and workers.

United Nations Sub-Committee of Experts on the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals

Vice-Chair – Director, Chemicals Policy, Paul Taylor

Safe Work Australia is the lead agency for Globally Harmonized System (GHS) implementation in Australia and provides the Australian delegation on the subcommittee. The Australian delegation presents the agreed Australian Government position on chemicals issues in Australia. The current head of the Australian delegation, Paul Taylor, was appointed Vice-Chair of the UNSCEGHS in December 2018.

United Nations Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods

The UNSCETDG aims to implement an internationally agreed system for the labelling, packaging and transportation of dangerous goods, through developing the UN’s Model Regulations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods. Australia’s dangerous goods transport requirements align with the UN’s Model Regulations. We provide input to the Australian position on matters relevant to the GHS Sub-Committee.

Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance

Member – CEO, Michelle Baxter

The Alliance seeks to partner with Australian employers to create mentally healthy workplaces for businesses and workers. The Alliance is developing a National Workplace Initiative for mental health which will include a range of resources for businesses and workers.

National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces – Reference Group

Reference Group Member – CEO, Michelle Baxter

The Australian Human Rights Commission launched the National Inquiry on 20 June 2018. The inquiry is being led by Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins. The inquiry is supported by the National Inquiry Reference Group, which provides strategic direction and advice to the National Inquiry.

ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research

Advisory Board Member – CEO, Michelle Baxter

The ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research held its official launch at Parliament House on 31 October 2018. With an additional seven years’ funding from the Australian Research Council, the Centre will examine the challenges in creating good work for older workers, and seek to identify the kinds of work that preserve physical and mental capacity among older workers.