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Glossary of terms



2018 Review

The independent review of the model WHS laws completed by Marie Boland in 2018.

Annual Performance Statement

The Annual Performance Statement is a requirement under the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 taking effect from 1 July 2015. The statement is designed to provide a line-of-sight between planned non-financial performance outlined in the agency’s corporate plan and actual performance over the reporting period.

Australian Strategy

The Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012–2022 is a framework to help improve work health and safety in Australia. Its vision is healthy, safe and productive working lives. It promotes collaboration between the Commonwealth, state and territory governments, industry, unions and other organisations to reach the vision.

corporate plan

Safe Work Australia is required by the Safe Work Australia Act 2008 (Cth) each year to prepare a corporate plan covering a four-year period which deals only with the outcomes to be achieved by Safe Work Australia and the strategies that are to be followed to achieve those outcomes.

G20 countries

The Group of Twenty (G20) is the premier international forum for cooperation on global economic governance. The members of the G20 are: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, and the European Union. G20 members account for about 86 per cent of the world economy, 78 per cent of global trade, and two-thirds of the world’s population, including more than half of the world’s poor.

model WHS Act

The model WHS Act establishes WHS duties requiring the elimination or minimisation of risks arising from work and provides for worker consultation, representation and participation relating to WHS matters. It enables compliance with and enforcement of the model WHS laws through the regulator, and provides for the making of model WHS Regulations and Codes to support the objectives of the model WHS Act.

model WHS laws

The model WHS laws consist of the model WHS Act, supported by model WHS Regulations, model Codes of Practice and a National Compliance and Enforcement Policy.

model WHS Regulations

The model WHS Regulations specify the way in which some duties under the model WHS Act must be met by setting out detailed requirements that must be applied to specific work activities and hazards. The model WHS Regulations also prescribe procedural or administrative requirements to support the model WHS Act (for example requiring licences for specific activities and the keeping of records).

operational plan

Safe Work Australia’s operational plan describes the activities Safe Work Australia will undertake in performing its statutory functions during a financial year. The activities give effect to the strategies outlined in the corporate plan.

Portfolio Budget Statements

Portfolio Budget Statements are budget-related papers detailing budget initiatives and explanations of appropriations specified by outcome and program by each agency within a portfolio.

Virtual Seminar Series

The VSS is a micro-site of the Safe Work Australia website which broadcasts a range of seminars to the public. The seminars are designed to showcase the latest thinking, research, developments and best practice in WHS.

WHS ministers

Commonwealth, state and territory ministers with responsibility for WHS.

work health and safety (WHS) regulators

WHS regulators enforce WHS laws, manage workers’ compensation claims and provide advice on the WHS regulations in their jurisdictions.