On World Day for Safety and Health at Work - 28th April 2013, the international community will recognize the importance of workplace health and safety. We can all play a role in making our workplaces safer and healthier by: reporting WHS incidents/injuries, nominating and training a Workplace Health and Safety Officer and a Workplace Rehabilitation and Return to Work Coordinator, controlling risks in the workplace, putting in place early intervention injury management strategies for injured or ill staff, developing a workplace/staff wellness program and by acknowledging the commitment and innovation of staff within our workplaces in implementing successful safety, health management and wellness programs within DETE workplaces.
As part of the department's commitment to the ongoing improvement of workplace health and safety, DETE recognises the importance of acknowledging and sharing good health, safety and wellbeing practices and achievements. Nominations are now open for the DETE Health Safety and Wellbeing Awards (DETE employees only) Nomination forms and information about these awards are accessible from this website.
The Department of Education, Training and Employment is committed to the health, safety and wellbeing of our staff, students and visitors to our sites. The creation of a health, safety and wellbeing culture that supports and fosters safe and healthy working and learning environments is a key priority.
Creating these environments requires the commitment and action of every person within the department. Safe, healthy and supportive workplaces don't just happen, they are formed by workplace communities working together.
To create this culture, it is essential that we have a clear understanding of the department's vision and strategic approach to health, safety and wellbeing. This understanding begins with an awareness of the department's commitment to health, safety and wellbeing as evidenced in the DETE Strategic Plan 2012-16 through the inclusion of health, safety and wellbeing as one of our departmental values and a key strategy in creating a "capable, agile and sustainable organisation".
Building on the values, objectives and strategies outlined in the DETE Strategic Plan, the department has developed the attached health, safety and wellbeing strategic documents to underpin the integration of health, safety and wellbeing into our core business operations and organisational culture.