Work Health and Safety
Strives to build better and safer places of work. Sustainable productive workplaces are important for everyone, employers, employees and the community.
The Australian Chamber develops and promotes national policies and strategies for Australian businesses in work health and safety and workers’ compensation. Good WHS is important for every business of every size and every type of operation. The Australian Chamber's members collaborate in reference groups on specific topics.
The Australian Chamber and our members can help Australian business navigate the model WHS laws and WHS legislation around Australia.
The Australian Chamber is a member of Safe Work Australia, the Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance and other forums. We represent industry on these bodies.
Safe Work Australia (SWA) is the national policy body responsible for developing and evaluating the model WHS laws. SWA members are the federal, state and territory governments, unions and industry. All three work together to reduce fatalities, injury and disease in the workplace. The Australian Chamber is a member of SWA representing industry. The WHS laws are a major achievement providing some consistency across Australia.
The model WHS legislative package includes regulation, codes and information sheets on asbestos in the workplace. The Australian Chamber's network has been involved in development of this package. The Australian Chamber and its members also participate on Asbestos Safety and Eradication Council and its committees. The National Strategic Plan for Asbestos Awareness and Management is on the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency (ASEA) website.
The Australian Chamber works to reduce the incidence and cost of workplace injuries and diseases. It all starts with good WHS practices. A workers' compensation system must provide injured workers with fair and reasonable financial and other support while remaining sustainable, achievable and affordable. SWA leads the development of national policy to improve WHS and workers’ compensation arrangements across Australia. The Australian Chamber and its members are involved in WHS and workers' compensation issues.
The Australian Chamber is committed to a strong economy that fosters productive, resilient and profitable organisations. With 1 in 5 Australians experiencing mental health issues in their lifetime, tools to help businesses manage these issues is important. The Australian Chamber is involved in the Mentally Healthy Workplace Alliance and Heads Up initiative.