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Commonwealth of Australia - The Treasury

Annual Report 2014/15

Work health and safety

The Treasury is committed to providing a safe and healthy work environment for staff, contractors and visitors. The Treasury promotes early intervention and prevention through its health, safety and wellbeing systems, policies and programs with a focus on continuous improvement and staff wellbeing.

During 2014-15, the Treasury:

  • received three new compensation claims, down by one from the previous year and half the number of claims in 2013-14. The Treasury’s Comcare premium rate has been consistently low over the past five years. The 2015-16 premium rate is 0.35 per cent;
  • assisted 21 staff through the Treasury’s early intervention program. The program plays a key role in preventing injury and illness and minimising time away from the workplace. The number of staff who received early intervention increased, while the number of non-compensation and compensation cases decreased;
  • received 17 work-related incident reports with the majority relating to staff experiencing pain due to sitting for long periods. The Treasury introduced an online system to allow early reporting of injury and illness so timely and effective support can be provided;
  • promoted a number of wellbeing initiatives, including Mental Health Week and a Wellbeing Expo, both aimed at improving the physical and mental health of staff. The Treasury also provided guidance material to staff on reducing the impact of stress and fatigue during peak work periods;
  • continued to address key work health and safety risks. These are highlighted in Departmental Risk Registers in consultation with the Work Health and Safety Committee and Audit Committee. An in-depth risk review of the risk register was undertaken and has been implemented as an annual review; and
  • undertook ongoing risk management activities including individual workstation assessments, and provided access to the Employee Assistance Program, resilience coaching, annual influenza vaccinations and training for health and safety representatives, first aid officers and workplace harassment officers.

Treasury staff are encouraged to contribute to a safer workplace by reporting potential
hazards, incidents and accidents as soon as they occur to ensure assistance is provided
to injured staff and risks to others are minimised. In accordance with Part 10 of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011, the Treasury is required to provide a report on work health and safety activities and statistics for notifiable incidents, investigations and notices.

Table 5: Work Health and Safety Act
Work Health and Safety Act 2011 Number
Deaths that required notice under section 38 0
Serious injury or illness that required notice under section 38 0
Dangerous incidents that required notification under section 38 0
Investigations conducted under Part 9 0
Notices given to the Treasury under section 191 (improvement notices) 0
Notices given to the Treasury under section 195 (prohibition notices) 0
Notices given to the Treasury under section 198 (non-disturbance) 0