A key objective of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 is the establishment of effective workplace consultative arrangements including health and safety committees and effective communication.
All schools and other departmental workplaces are required to establish a forum for health, safety and wellbeing (HSW) issues. This can take the form of a workplace HSW committee, or in smaller locations it might be more practical to use other consultative forums, such as staff meetings, to deal with HSW issues.
Some issues identified at individual schools / workplaces may not be able to be managed at the local level. To support the resolution of these issues and also to support the flow of HSW information to those who need to know, the Department utilises HSW Committees at all levels. This also supports the consideration and resolution of issues that may affect other departmental workplaces across the state.
The DoE Health, Safety and Wellbeing (HSW) Committee is the peak committee for health, safety and wellbeing in the department. The purpose of the Committee is to oversee the compliance and effectiveness of the DoE Health, Safety and Wellbeing Management System and to support senior officers exercise their duties. The DoE HSW Committee has oversight and decision making authority on health, safety and wellbeing matters across the department and its activities.
The terms of reference of the department's HSW Committee can be found within the OnePortal Governance and supporting committees page.
This page was last reviewed on 04 May 2018