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The Australian Safety and Compensation Council (ASCC) was established in October 2005. It was set up to drive the next level of reform in occupational health and safety (OHS) and workers’ compensation in Australia. This includes establishment of a nationally consistent approach to the management of OHS and workers’compensation.
The logic of national consistency in workplace safety management is hard to argue with—there are currently nine OHS regulatory systems and ten workers’ compensation systems across Australia, each with their own peculiarities. There are fundamental differences existing across Australia in both systems.
Not only is this costly for multistate businesses, but it is patently unfair to workers and their families who can receive very different treatment and / or benefits depending on the state in which they are injured or died. Most importantly, it means that for firms with workers in more than one state, it is almost impossible to initiate standard, precise and well understood OHS and workers’ compensation processes across the business that create the constructive workplace environment necessary for superior OHS outcomes.
The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) has recognised OHS inconsistencies as a key impediment to economic growth in Australia. COAG has asked the ASCC, through the Workplace Relations Ministers’ Council to identify priority areas in principal Commonwealth, state and territory OHS Acts that should be harmonised and how this could be achieved. It has also asked the ASCC to improve the development and uptake of national OHS standards. Recommendations for reform will be provided to COAG later this year.
In leading the ASCC in this work, I am very conscious that while a key driver of the COAG decision is increasing national productivity, we must not lose sight of the National OHS Strategy targets of a reduction in workplace injuries of at least 40% and a reduction in workplace deaths of at least 20% by 2012.
That is ultimately the goal of the ASCC—caring for Australians at work.
 

[2012-11-27]
 
 
 
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