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  • Health and safety

    The ATO has a series of obligations under the WHS Act and our own Enterprise Agreement. We take these obligations seriously as the health and wellbeing of our workforce is critical to supporting engagement, productivity and serving the community. Our vision for health and safety is for a healthy, engaged and productive workforce, and we have a range of programs in place to support a safe workplace and the elimination or minimisation of work health and safety risks. Examples include:

    • software that prompts computer users to take regular recuperative breaks and provides stretch and exercise reminders
    • first aid services to support immediate and effective treatment where injuries or illnesses occur
    • consultation with our staff and their representatives about health and safety matters that affect them
    • improvements across our work health and safety practices to achieve a healthier and safer working environment
    • a range of advice, information, education and training in relation to work health and safety.

    We manage risks and issues in accordance with Chief Executive’s Instructions specific to risk management and work health and safety, and our enterprise risk management framework.

    Our focus on returning injured workers to the workplace early and in sustainable roles has contributed to our workers compensation premium reducing to $11 million for 2017–18. This is a reduction of 40% from our 2016–17 premium of almost $19 million.

    TABLE 3.4 Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission performance indicators, 2014–15 to 2016–17

    Indicator

    2014–15

    2015–16

    2016–17

    P1.1 Incidence of injuries with five or more days lost time per 1,000 full-time equivalent employees

    6.6

    4.4

    1.9

    P1.2 Incidence of injuries with 30 or more days lost time per 1,000 full-time equivalent employees

    4.4

    3.1

    1.0

    P1.3 Incidence of injuries with 60 or more days lost time per 1,000 full-time equivalent employees

    3.2

    1.7

    0.7

    P4 Lost time injury (claims) frequency rate

    4.4

    3.0

    1.1

    C1 Average time taken (in calendar days from date of injury to lodging claim with Comcare)

    98

    101

    109

    R1 Percentage of claims with incapacity for 10 or more days and a return to work plan (%)

    69

    75

    54

    R2 Quality of return to work (% achieving return to work on case closure) (%)

    71

    67

    64

    Note:
    Figures for previous years in this table may vary from those reported in past annual reports as Comcare may continue to accept claims for past years.

    TABLE 3.5 Notifiable incidents, 2015–16 to 2016–17

    Incidents

    2014–15

    2015–16

    2016–17

    Dangerous occurrences

    3

    3

    1

    Serious personal injury

    1

    1

    0

    Death

    0

    0

    0

    TOTAL

    4

    4

    1

      Last modified: 30 Oct 2017QC 53696