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November 14
Call for nominations - Workers Compensation and Rehabilitation Advisory Council

​The Attorney-General and Minister for Justice invites nominations for the Workers Compensation and Rehabilitation Advisory Council. Nominations are sought from interested persons within the Northern Territory who:

  • have expertise in the rehabilitation of injured workers or the insurance industry; or
  • have a wide range of experience across all industry sectors; or
  • are representatives of organisations representing employers or organisations representing employees.

The Workers Compensation and Rehabilitation Advisory Council comprises of no more than ten members appointed by the Minister and a member constituting the Authority.

The Council’s functions are to:

  • keep under review the operation of the Return to Work Act;
  • make recommendations to the Minister on possible improvements to:
    • the administration of the Act; or
    • the statutory scheme for the rehabilitation and compensation of injured workers in the Territory.
  • At the request of the Minister, investigate and report on matters relating to rehabilitation and compensation of injured workers; and
  • perform any other advisory functions related to workers rehabilitation and compensation as the minister directs.

Appointment to the Council will not exceed two years. Sitting fees are available to members.

Please forward your written application to:

Secretariat for Workers Compensation and Rehabilitation Advisory Council
Department of Attorney-General and Justice
GPO Box 1722
DARWIN  NT  0801

or by email to lorna.lawrence@nt.gov.au.

For enquiries contact the Council Secretariat on telephone: 8999 5120 or via the above email.

Applications close: Close of Business 28 November 2018.

 

October 25
$200k committed to safety after illegal asbestos removal

​A Darwin based manufacturing and building company has committed to spend more than $200,000 to improve asbestos awareness and safety in the Northern Territory after being charged with illegal asbestos removal.

NT WorkSafe has accepted an enforceable undertaking from Northern Transportables Pty Ltd and will withdraw five charges laid earlier this year.

NT WorkSafe alleges that in October and November 2015, Northern Transportables were contracted to refurbish three properties and allowed unlicensed workers to remove asbestos from two of the properties without training or appropriate safety equipment, despite knowing the properties contained asbestos.

Under the legally-binding agreement, Northern Transportables will spend $213,050 on activities to improve the health and safety of its workers, the NT construction industry and provide benefits to the wider community.

These activities include:

  • Undertake employee safety climate surveys
  • Create workplace safety training videos and online induction training
  • Undertake safety leadership training for all managers and supervisors
  • Employ a Senior Business Safety Strategist
  • Create a dedicated safety page on the company website and publish for industry use asbestos safety strategies, and other safety resources
  • Fund asbestos awareness training for Northern Territory manufacturing, building and construction industry apprentices
  • Produce an asbestos awareness video
  • Provide $20,000 towards Vocational Education and Training (VET) Scholarships for Charles Darwin University students.

Acting Executive Director of NT WorkSafe Chris Wicks said health effects of asbestos exposure have been well documented many decades which was why specific regulations covering asbestos existed under the work, health and safety laws.

“Despite this, an element of complacency still remains in some sections of industry and society when it came to the safe removal of asbestos,” Mr Wicks said.

“The enforceable undertaking was accepted because it included a number of education and awareness raising activities which hopefully will address this complacency by raising awareness and reinforce the dangers of asbestos.”

“Northern Transportables has expressed sincere regret that the incident occurred and has already spent an additional $33,180 to rectify the situation,” Mr Wicks said.

“The accepted undertaking also contained activities aimed at building the capacity of young Territory apprentices which would not be available through a court imposed penalty.”

 

Media Contact: Peter Chan 0401 114 569

October 16
Safety and monsters - practical and relevant case studies for territory business

​The 7th annual NT WHS symposium will be held at the Charles Darwin University, Casuarina Campus on October 25 and 26. Organised by the Safety Institute of Australia, the 2018 symposium has a line-up of engaging speakers with practical, real life and Territory relevant case studies for NT businesses.

The most eye catching topic is the presentation and half day workshop by Dr John Clarke titled Working with Monsters. Covering workplace psychopaths, Dr Clarke will discuss how to identify them in the workplace and how to deal with them.

Other speakers include Professor Andrew Hopkins, winner of the 2008 European Process Safety Centre safety award and Professor Graham Webb, one of the world's leading authorities on crocodiles.

For more information or to register for this event visit the link below.

https://www.sia.org.au/events/nt-7th-annual-whs-symposium

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