Focusing on Workplace Safety in Central Australia

Businesses’ in Central Australia are playing their part in addressing targets outlined in the Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012-2022. Through the support of both ISACNT and Future Skills Training, 20 Central Australian businesses have enrolled a total of 32 employees to undertake Work Health and Safety Training in Alice Springs. With most participants completing the Certificate IV Work Health and Safety a smaller cohort undertook BSBWHS505 Investigate Work Health and Safety Incidents which is a Diploma level unit of competency.

The Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012-2022 was developed after nearly two years of consultation with WHS regulators, governments, unions, employer organisations, industry groups, safety organisations and general public. It is underpinned by two key principles:

  • All workers regardless of their occupation or how they are engaged have the right to a healthy and safe working environment
  • Well-designed healthy and safe work will allow workers in Australia to have more productive working lives

The Strategy outlines national action areas, 8 priority industries,  Agriculture, Road Transport, Manufacturing, Construction, Accommodation & Food Services, Public Administration & Safety and Health and Social Assistance and priority conditions and sets several targets which will measure progress towards specified goals.

The participants in Central Australia represented a broad range of industries including construction, mechanical, electrical, horticulture, information technology and administration. Most businesses were privately owned, small/medium enterprises, with less than 20 full-time equivalent employees, who typically access WHS support through engaging external specialists on an as needs basis. This investment in WHS training ensures that these businesses now have a daily focus on WHS, the in-house knowledge to assess risk and skills to improve workplace safety.

For more information on the Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012-2022, ISACNT or Future Skills.