Review of the Federal Safety Commissioner

An independent review has commenced into the Federal Safety Commissioner. The Review aims to evaluate the Commissioner’s effectiveness and examine the merits of adopting a similar approach in other areas of Government procurement.

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Experienced WHS consultant, Ms Marie Boland, has been appointed to lead the Review. Ms Boland has extensive experience having spent more than 10 years in the Senior Executive of SafeWork South Australia, including 2 years as its Executive Director. Ms Boland also led the National Review of the Model WHS Laws in 2018.

As part of the Review, formal consultations with stakeholders will occur from May 2023 with a public discussion paper due to be released in June 2023. A final report with recommendations to Government will be finalised in December 2023.

The Federal Safety Commissioner was established in 2005 to improve the safety culture of the building and construction industry. The Commissioner is responsible for enhancing and monitoring safety in the industry through the development, administration and promotion of the WHS Accreditation Scheme.

The Review will be an opportunity for stakeholders to have their say on the Federal Safety Commissioner, the WHS Accreditation Scheme, and identify areas where improvements could be made.

The Terms of Reference for the review are available at Federal Safety Commissioner Review Terms of Reference.

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