WorkSafe ACT was created on 3 May 2010 to replace ACT Workcover. WorkSafe ACT’s role is to enforce the Territory’s health and safety and workers’ compensation laws through a mixture of education and compliance activities.
WorkSafe ACT is a business unit with the ACT Justice and Community Safety Directorate’s Office of Regulatory Services. Mark McCabe, the head of WorkSafe ACT has a dual role as Work Safety Commissioner for the ACT and as Senior Director, WorkSafe ACT.
Work Safety Commissioner
The head of WorkSafe ACT holds two titles - the Senior Director WorkSafe ACT and the ACT Work Safety Commissioner.
The ACT Work Safety Commissioner [previously the OHS Commissioner] is a statutory office holder appointed by the ACT Government under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011. The primary functions of the Work Safety Commissioner are to:
The full text of the legislation relevant to the appointment and operation of the Work Safety Commissioner can be found in Schedule 2 of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011.
The current Commissioner is Mr Mark McCabe, who took up his appointment on 4 February 2008.
Previous Commissioners include Ms Jocelyn Plovits and Mr Erich Jannsen. Mr Steve Hart acted as OHS Commissioner throughout most of 2007.
Work Safety Council
The ACT’s Work Safety Council is established under Schedule 2 of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011.
The council’s primary functions are to:
The current ACT Work Safety Council members are:
Representing the interests of employees
Ms Jane Timbrell - AMWU
Mr Bill Book - AEU
Ms Kim Sattler - UnionsACT
Mr Dean Hall - CFMEU
Representing the interests of employers
Mr Michael Baldwin - Master Builders Association
Ms Cathy Hudson - Commissioner for Public Administration
Ms Di Jay - ACTCOSS
Mr Greg Schmidt - ACT & Region Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Mr Robert Knapp - Chairperson
Ms Liesl Centenera - Office of Industrial Relations, Chief Minister’s Department
Mr Andrew Hopkins - Professor of Sociology, Australian National University
Mr Mark McCabe - ACT Work Safety Commissioner
Mr Alan Reid - CGU Workers Compensation
Office of Industrial Relations
The Office of Industrial Relations within the ACT Government’s Chief Minister’s Department has responsibility for policy matters associated with development and maintenance of the Territory’s workers’ compensation and health and safety laws.
WorkSafe ACT’s role is to enforce the Territory’s health and safety and workers’ compensation laws through a mixture of education and compliance activities.
All jobs at WorkSafe ACT are listed on the ACT Government jobs website at www.jobs.act.gov.au
There are no current vacancies being advertised within WorkSafe ACT.
WorkSafe ACT's Work
Policy and legislation
HWSA and HWCA
WorkSafe ACT, along with the other Australian safety and workers' compensation authorities is a participant in both the Heads of Work Safety Authorities [HWSA] organisation and the Heads of Workers' Compensation Authorities [HWCA] bodies.
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If you have a work health and safety issue that you believe may require urgent attention, please contact WorkSafe ACT.
If you would like to make a complaint about some aspect of WorkSafe ACT's service, or about the conduct of one of our staff, you should download the Office of Regulatory Services Complaints Policy which contains information about how a complaint will be handled, a complaint form and details of how and where to lodge your complaint.
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