Labor Government Acts To Restore Public Confidence

The Andrews Labor Government has acted decisively in relation to reports of water contamination at the CFA’s training facility in Fiskville.

The Minister for Finance, Robin Scott, met this morning with the CEO and Chair of WorkSafe Victoria to address concerns about the performance of the organisation.

In December 2014, WorkSafe advised the Minister that it was not aware of any current health and safety concerns at Fiskville that required its intervention.

Today, WorkSafe could not confirm whether it had tested the water. The water at the site has been found to be contaminated.

Following today’s meeting, the Minister has sought and received the resignations of WorkSafe’s Chief Executive Officer, Denise Cosgrove, and Chairperson, David Krasnostein.

The current Executive Director of the Insurance Business Unit at WorkSafe, Clare Amies, will be appointed acting Chief Executive Officer.

The Chairman of the Transport Accident Commission and current board member of Worksafe Victoria, John Walter, will be appointed acting Chairperson.

Quotes attributable to the Minister for Finance, Robin Scott

“The public needs to have confidence in WorkSafe because it’s responsible for the health and safety of Victorian workers.”

“Confidence in public regulators must not be compromised.”

“An assurance of safety was given. The Fiskville findings prove otherwise.”