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Safety and Security

Domain Objective: Cultivation and reinforcement of a zero-harm, prevention and protection mindset and culture, and protecting the community as the project is delivered.”


As at 30 June 2019, the total recordable injury frequency rate (TRIFR) is 3.4, which includes two short-term reversible medical treatment injuries. Four significant incidents were also reported over the period. Each incident was investigated, and the lessons learned from all incidents have been taken forward. No serious injuries were sustained from these incidents.

Safety remains of upmost importance to WSA. The Company implemented the Health, Safety & Wellbeing (HSW) strategic plan, which is centred on the delivery of WSA’s Health & Safety Management System (H&SMS) and the establishment of key HSW functions in relation to assurance and reporting.

WSA has successfully delivered and implemented the H&SMS. The system addresses the complexities involved in the construction of Western Sydney International as well as the long-term goal of being a globally competitive, full-service Airport business. To ensure a cohesive structure, the Company has made substantial effort to collaborate with the Delivery Partner (DP) to integrate HSW priorities and systems. The H&SMS has been structured to incorporate both WSA’s and the DP’s requirements, supporting the alignment and compliance of legal requirements.

During 2019–20, WSA will continue to cultivate and reinforce a safety-first culture supported by a zero-harm prevention and protection mindset throughout the Company and the extended workforce.


The Company’s ability to engage with key stakeholders and manage protective security risks is a key focus for WSA, with a corresponding significant level of emphasis on building a security-aware culture. To ensure best practice, WSA has aligned its security practices with the Australian Government Protective Security Policy Framework (PSPF).

The delivery of a comprehensive Security Management System has been informed by best practice and compliance drivers such as the PSPF and the Aviation Transport Security Act 2004. This approach ensures the ability to provide detailed ‘Security by Design’ advice and ensure compliance and risk requirements are built into the design upfront instead of implementing potentially costly solutions retrospectively.

To remain informed of changes in aviation security regulations, we regularly engaged with key stakeholders, including the Department of Home Affairs.