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Other contributing roles

Safe Work Australia provides support and representation on a number of important committees, and participates and provide advice in forums including the following:

Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission

Commissioner – CEO, Michelle Baxter
Deputy Commissioner – Deputy CEO (A/g) and General Counsel, Amanda Johnston

The Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission is a statutory body that seeks improvements in work health and safety, rehabilitation and workers’ compensation in the Commonwealth jurisdiction.

Heads of Workplace Safety Authorities

Observer – CEO, Michelle Baxter

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.

National Dust Diseases Taskforce

Member – CEO, Michelle Baxter

The National Dust Diseases Taskforce will support the development of a national approach to the prevention, early identification, control and management of occupational dust diseases in Australia.

Asbestos Safety and Eradication Council

Commonwealth member – CEO, Michelle Baxter

Michelle Baxter is the Commonwealth Member of the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Council (ASEC). Safe Work Australia 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.

Federal Safety Commissioner’s Australian Government Agency Reference Group

Representatives – Branch managers (a/g), Meredith Bryant and Bianca Wellington

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 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

Representatives – Branch managers (a/g), Meredith Bryant and Bianca Wellington

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 for or significant interest in quad bike safety (for example, the Attorney-General’s Department and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission), as well as 3 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 declarations and leader expectations. The network facilitates better 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 of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals implementation in Australia and provides the Australian delegation on the United Nations Sub-Committee of Experts on the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (UNSCEGHS). 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

Representative – Director, Chemicals Policy, Paul Taylor

The United Nations Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods 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. Safe Work Australia provides input to the Australian position on matters relevant to the UNSCEGHS.

Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance

Member – CEO, Michelle Baxter

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

ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research

Advisory Board Member – CEO, Michelle Baxter

The ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research was officially launched in October 2018. With funding from the Australian Research Council, the centre is examining the challenges in creating good work for older workers, and seeking to identify the kinds of work that preserve physical and mental capacity among older workers.

Suicide Prevention Interdepartmental Committee

Observer – Deputy CEO (A/g) and General Counsel, Amanda Johnston

The Suicide Prevention IDC is co-chaired by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and the Department of Health. It provides joint governance and oversight to support the work of the National Suicide Prevention Adviser and facilitate cooperation on suicide prevention initiatives across Government.