Page 1947 - Week 07 - Tuesday, 14 May 2013

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MR GENTLEMAN: Minister, does the campaign have any support from key stakeholders?

MR CORBELL: I thank Mr Gentleman for the supplementary. Yes, it does have the support of stakeholders, in addition, of course, to the Work Safety Commissioner, who has led the charge on this campaign. It has received strong support from the Master Builders Association, the Housing Industry Association and also the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union. This tripartite level of support, from industry, from the regulator and from the union, is very important. It sends a common and united message that we need to talk about safety in workplaces.

The executive director of the MBA, Mr Miller, indicated that the MBA was very pleased to join WorkSafe ACT in this campaign. Other industry stakeholders have indicated the same level of support. The branch secretary of the CFMEU, Mr Hall, has expressed that it is important that workers be encouraged to speak up as they are the ones who are often subject to injury if something goes wrong.

This is all about getting that message out into the workplace. I am delighted it has the support of industry bodies, of unions, of workers and of the regulator. We will continue to roll out this campaign. There is a bit of advertising already happening on buses and in workplaces. We will continue to push that advertising out as part of our overall response to Getting Home Safely and the implementation of the recommendations from that report.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Ms Porter.

MS PORTER: Minister, can you update the Assembly on the implementation of the Getting home safely report?

MR CORBELL: I thank Ms Porter for her supplementary question. Yes, the government is moving forward with implementation of all 28 recommendations of the Getting home safely report. For example, last week I released the Magistrates Court (Industrial Proceedings) Amendment Bill for public consultation. This bill is one part of the government’s response to the Getting home safely report and its recommendations. Provisions for dealing with work safety and industrial relations matters in a dedicated court was a recommendation of the report from Lynelle Briggs and Mark McCabe, and I am very pleased that the government has acted promptly to introduce that legislation as an exposure draft for stakeholder comment.

In addition, across-level government coordination of implementation is ongoing. In particular, a high-level directors-general steering committee is continuing to meet to ensure implementation is occurring across government. There are also now tripartite advisory mechanisms in place through the Work Safety Council to develop project plans to drive implementation at an industry level. There are a number of recommendations where industry has the lead, and we continue to work with industry and encourage industry to take the lead on those matters where they have responsibility and control.

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