Category: Minister for Workplace Safety

Protecting Retail Workers This Festive Season

The Andrews Labor Government is urging retail sector employers to look after their workers during the busy Christmas period. November and December are traditionally the peak months for the retail industry and its casual workforce grows substantially to meet the demands of shoppers. This includes large numbers of workers hired for temporary positions, whose inexperience […]

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New Dangerous Goods Laws Pass Parliament

Rogue operators who stockpile dangerous goods could face up to 10 years in jail after tough new laws passed Victorian Parliament today. The Dangerous Goods Amendment (Penalty Reform) Bill 2019 ensures those who flout dangerous goods laws get a serious penalty. The Andrews Labor Government announced earlier this year it would crack down on people […]

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WorkSafe Chief Executive And Board Members Appointed

The Andrews Labor Government today announced Colin Radford as WorkSafe Victoria’s new Chief Executive. John Merritt has been appointed as the new Chair of WorkSafe’s Board, while Elizabeth Lukin and Julie Warren have both been appointed as Board Directors. Mr Radford is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Victorian Managed Insurance Authority. He has […]

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Workplace Manslaughter To Be Enshrined In Law

The Andrews Labor Government will make workplace manslaughter a criminal offence as promised, under tough new legislation introduced in Parliament today, because no person deserves to die at work. As many as 30 people are killed in workplaces across the state every year, with 19 people having already lost their lives so far in 2019. […]

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Statement On The Chair Of Worksafe Victoria

The Government has been advised that Paul Barker will be stepping down as Chair of WorkSafe Victoria’s Board of Directors at the end of October. Mr Barker was appointed Chair in September 2015. He previously served on the Board between 2001 and 2012 and was Deputy Chair between 2005 and 2012. In his time at […]

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Dodgy Operators Storing Dangerous Goods On Notice

Victorians are being asked to keep a look out for dodgy operators storing or handling dangerous goods in a way that might put the community at risk. An Andrews Labor Government awareness campaign has been launched urging members of the public to call WorkSafe if they suspect dangerous goods – such as drums or containers […]

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Quad Bike Rebate Extended To Improve Farm Safety

The Andrews Labor Government is extending the quad bike rebate by nine months to help Victorian farmers improve safety on their properties. For the first time farmers with other businesses, who do not operate properties as their primary source of income, will also have access to the rebate following a change to the scheme’s eligibility […]

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Ladder Safety Blitz Underway With Employers On Notice

The Andrews Labor Government is warning employers to protect their workers from serious injury or death when using portable ladders. Minister for Workplace Safety Jill Hennessy and WorkSafe Victoria visited Braybrook today to announce inspectors have been targeting housing estates and apartment developments as part of a three week blitz. This follows a spate of […]

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Worksafe Health And Safety Ambassadors Unveiled

Geelong Football Club triple premiership star Cameron Ling has joined forces with international journalist and news presenter Anjali Rao to promote WorkSafe Health and Safety Month. Rao and Ling will share their own experiences to promote workplace health and safety events around the state throughout October. WorkSafe received 26,936 claims for workplace injuries in 2018/19. […]

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Statement On Worksafe Chief Executive

I have been advised that Clare Amies will be stepping down as chief executive of WorkSafe Victoria later this year. Ms Amies has led WorkSafe Victoria since 2015, during a period of considerable change. She helped lead moving the headquarters to Geelong, developing and commencing the roll out of its long-term WorkSafe 2030 strategy and […]

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