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  • Work health and safety

    The ATO has a number of obligations under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (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 a healthy, engaged and productive workforce. A range of programs 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
    • continued use of strategies to support staff attendance and manage wellbeing.

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

    Our updated premium figure reduced to $960,800 for 2018–19. This is a reduction of 91% from our 2017–18 premium of $11.2 million (GST exclusive).

    TABLE 4.18 Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission performance indicators, 2015–16 to 2017–18

    Indicator

    2015–16

    2016–17

    2017–18

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

    4.4

    1.9

    1.6

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

    3.1

    1.0

    0.6

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

    1.7

    0.7

    0.6

    P4 Lost time injury (claims) frequency rate

    3.0

    1.1

    0.9

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

    101

    109

    80

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

    75%

    54%

    33%

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

    67%

    64%

    39%

    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 4.19 Notifiable incidents, 2015–16 to 2017–18

    Incident

    2015–16

    2016–17

    2017–18

    Dangerous occurrences

    3

    1

    0

    Serious personal injury

    1

    0

    1

    Death

    0

    0

    1

    TOTAL

    4

    1

    2

    Details of work health and safety investigations

    Two incidents were investigated during the year:

    • A worker was injured at a social team event. Approvals and controls for social events were subsequently updated, with no further incidents of this kind occurring.
    • A staff member death was notified. The death was found to not be work-related.
      Last modified: 26 Oct 2018QC 57064