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Reference groups

Communications Reference Group

The Communications Reference Group (CRG) is made up of communication officers representing each Safe Work Australia Member. Throughout the year, the CRG shares information on communication activities, awareness-raising campaigns and findings of communication research. The group also explores opportunities to work together to deliver consistent national messages about work health and safety and workers’ compensation issues.

Safe Work Australia collaborated with the CRG throughout 2019–20, including on the planning and delivery of activities to build awareness of National Safe Work Month, World Day for Safety and Health at Work, Workers’ Memorial Day, and work health and safety guidance relating to COVID-19. The group is also provided regular updates about new Safe Work Australia publications, data reports and research to distribute through its networks.

Evidence Reference Group

The Evidence Reference Group (ERG) is a strategic forum that shares and collaborates on key evidence activities. The group consists of data and research professionals representing Safe Work Australia Members, as well as representatives from WorkSafe New Zealand.

Its role is to work collaboratively to identify, discuss and address key WHS and workers’ compensation evidence requirements and issues. In 2019–20, the agency engaged regularly with the ERG, which contributed to work on a range of issues including:

  • the development of a National Work Health and Safety Prosecutions Database
  • improvements to work-related fatality reporting, and
  • research on work-related musculoskeletal disorders and occupational lung diseases.

The group helps to drive a nationally coordinated and cooperative approach to promote the efficient and effective use of Australia’s data and research resources, in line with the Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012–2022 and the National Return to Work Strategy 2020–2030.