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 DET 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 DET Health, Safety and Wellbeing Management System and to support senior officers exercise their duties. The DET HSW Committee has oversight and decision making authority on health, safety and wellbeing matters across DET and its activities.
DET HSW Committee Terms of Reference and Minutes (DETE employees only).
This page was last reviewed on 21 Dec 2017 at 11:55AM