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Safe Work Australia Strategic Issues Groups

Safe Work Australia has 2 committees, known as Strategic Issues Groups (SIGs), to assist in the performance of its functions: SIG-WHS and SIG-Workers’ Compensation. These groups provide advice and recommendations to assist Safe Work Australia Members. Secretariat support for each SIG is provided by the agency. Each SIG is tripartite and reflects Safe Work Australia’s membership.

Matters considered at SIG meetings in 2019–20 included the implementation of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals, national WHS research priorities, and oversight of the National Return to Work Strategy 2020–2030 implementation plan and measurement framework.

SIG-WHS

SIG-WHS assists Safe Work Australia in performing its functions with regard to WHS matters.

SIG-WHS met twice during 2019–20. A third meeting scheduled for May was cancelled due to Safe Work Australia Members’ focus on COVID-19 matters.

Table 1: SIG-WHS members as at 30 June 2020

Member

Membership

Vacant (Mark Cocker until March 2020)

Chair

Mr David Cains

Commonwealth

Mr John Tansey

New South Wales

Ms Dmitry Rozkin

Victoria

Ms Andrea Fox

Queensland

Mr Ivor Roberts

Western Australia

Mr Glenn Farrell

South Australia

Ms Robyn Pearce

Tasmania

Mr Stephen Gelding

Northern Territory

Ms Ellen Lukins

Australian Capital Territory

Mr Liam O’Brien

Australian Council of Trade Unions

Dr Deborah Vallance

Australian Council of Trade Unions

Ms Jennifer Low

Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Ms Tracey Browne

Australian Industry Group

Ms Michelle Baxter

Safe Work Australia

SIG-Workers' Compensation

SIG-Workers’ Compensation assists Safe Work Australia in performing its functions with regard to workers’ compensation matters.

SIG-Workers’ Compensation met 3 times during 2019–20. A fourth meeting scheduled for June was cancelled due to Safe Work Australia Members’ focus on COVID-19 matters.

Table 2: SIG-Workers’ Compensation members as at 30 June 2020

Member

Membership

Mr Michael Young

Chair

Ms Kathryn Ries

Commonwealth

Ms Natalie Bekis

Comcare

Mr Darren Parker

New South Wales

Mr Shane O'Dea

Victoria

Ms Janene Hillhouse

Queensland

Mr Chris White

Western Australia

Mr Michael Francis

South Australia

Mr Robyn Pearce

Tasmania

Ms Kerry Barnaart

Northern Territory

Ms Rebecca Parton

Australian Capital Territory

Mr Chris Prast

Australian Council of Trade Unions

Mr Dave Henry

Australian Council of Trade Unions

Ms Jennifer Low

Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Ms Tracey Browne

Australian Industry Group

Ms Bianca Wellington

Safe Work Australia