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Performance results

Over 2019–2020, Safe Work Australia continued to achieve its intended outcome despite the operational and strategic challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

For a significant part of the annual performance reporting period, Safe Work Australia played a critical role in leading a coordinated national work health and safety response to the pandemic. Through working collaboratively, the agency and Safe Work Australia Members responded rapidly, by developing comprehensive work health and safety guidance and resources, and reengineering the Safe Work Australia website, to serve as a central hub of trusted information to support safe work practices across Australia.

Although this body of work was not anticipated at the commencement of the reporting period, it was undoubtably our most significant achievement and demonstrated our ability to perform and deliver on the expectations of Safe Work Australia Members, and more broadly, the Australian public, during a time of national crisis.

Of the 2 formal performance targets set for 2019-2020, we have achieved one and are on track to achieve the other. We have achieved this through close collaboration with Safe Work Australia Members to develop innovative, evidence-based national policy and supporting strategies that improve work health and safety and workers’ compensation arrangements and effect change in Australian workplaces.

Targets for performance criterion 1

TABLE 3: TARGETS FOR PERFORMANCE CRITERION 1

Performance criterion

Activities in the operational plan are delivered to the expected quality, on time and within budget.

Target

70–80% of Members and the Chair are satisfied the activities in the operational plan are met.

Result

Achieved

Targets for performance criterion 2

TABLE 4: TARGETS FOR PERFORMANCE CRITERION 2

Performance criterion

Reductions in the incidence of work-related death, injury and illness through:

· an improved and reformed WHS framework

· increased WHS awareness and skills

· developing and maintaining an evidence base which informs policy and practice

· reduced exposure to work-related hazards causing injury and illness, and

· improved quality of workplace controls.

Targets

By 2022:

· reduce workplace fatalities due to injury by 20% or more

· reduce the incidence rate of serious workers’ compensation claims by 30% or more, and

· reduce the incidence rate of serious workers’ compensation claims for musculoskeletal claims by 30% or more.

Result

On track