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Safe Work Australia Member meeting outcomes

During 2019–20 Safe Work Australia Members met 8 times.

The Safe Work Australia Act 2008 (Cth) requires Safe Work Australia Members to meet a minimum of 3 times over the reporting period; however, the frequency of meetings was increased from March 2020 onwards to plan and discuss the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 response remained the focus of meetings for the remainder of 2019–20.

The most significant body of work progressed by Members this year has also related to the COVID-19 response. This body of work has included:

  • agreeing nationally consistent policy positions on a range of work health and safety matters related to COVID-19
  • developing guidance material and resources for persons conducting a business or undertaking, including small businesses, and workers
  • developing and responding to FAQs, and
  • redeveloping the Safe Work Australia website to serve as a central hub for COVID-19 WHS information.

Over the reporting period Members also achieved a range of other outcomes. These included:

  • agreeing to publish guidance material on labour hire duties for persons conducting a business or undertaking
  • finalising and agreeing to publish the national guide Working with silica and silica containing products
  • agreeing to publish the Work-related musculoskeletal disorders in Australia report
  • agreeing to publish health monitoring guidance
  • agreeing to a minimum recommendation on the workplace exposure standards for respirable crystalline silica and respirable coal dust
  • agreeing to the National Return to Work Strategy 2020–2030 initiatives for 2020, and
  • agreeing to progress all necessary amendments to the Model Work Health and Safety Regulations (model WHS Regulations) to adopt Revision 7 of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals.