Appendix 3: Work health and safety
Work health and safety management
The ACCC/AER has continued to enhance HR policies, guidelines and practices to meet the requirements of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (Cth) and the Work Health and Safety Regulations 2011 (Cth).
Health and safety activities
The ACCC/AER is committed to the health and wellbeing of its workers. This commitment is reflected in a variety of actions taken during 2016−17:
- Two further measures were implemented to improve the capacity of managers and employees to deal with mental health issues. The measures were the establishment of an enhanced Workplace Contact Officer network and training for managers in mental health first aid principles.
- Influenza Vaccination: this program provides all employees with access to fully funded vaccinations at the workplace or offsite as arranged by the employee. In 2016−17 approximately 40 per cent of staff participated in the program.
- A new Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provider was engaged. The EAP provides employees and their immediate families with access to a free professional counseling service for both personal or employee related matters. The new EAP provider also provides access to a range of wellbeing information through its online portal.
- Healthy Lifestyle Reimbursement: the healthy lifestyle reimbursement scheme supports healthy lifestyle choices by eligible employees. In 2016−17, approximately 700 claims were reimbursed at an average claim value of $260.
- ACCC/ AER Ally Network: the Ally Network is made up of 99 employees at all levels who have chosen to show their support for the LGBTIQ community. The network reflects the ACCC/AER’s commitment to an inclusive workplace free from discrimination or bullying.
- A new guideline was developed to address the risks associated by employees working in remote locations or engaging in long distance road travel. The development of the guideline was informed by the experiences of ACCC employees in Darwin and Townsville who regularly visit remote indigenous communities as part of their work delivering consumer protection and empowerment to these communities.
Health and safety outcomes
The ACCC’s Comcare premium for 2016−17 was 0.79 per cent of payroll. This rate is well below the overall scheme rate of 1.72 per cent.
There were no new compensation claims accepted by Comcare from the ACCC/AER during 2016−17. The ACCC/AER had seven open compensation claims at the end of the 2016−17 financial year.
The ACCC/AER supports employees suffering from non-compensable physical and psychological injuries or illnesses to maintain or resume attendance at work. During 2016−17, this assistance was provided to five employees.
There were 29 reports of incidents of an injury or a ‘near miss’ involving employees in 2016−17 including one notifiable incident. The notifiable incident was reported to Comcare but no further action was required from the ACCC/AER.
Investigations, directions and notices
The ACCC received no notices under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011, and did not conduct any investigations during 2016−17.