Category: Minister for Workplace Safety

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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Regulations Banning Dry Stone Cutting Now In Effect

New regulations introduced by the Andrews Labor Government banning the uncontrolled dry cutting of engineered stone to protect Victorian workers from exposure to deadly silica dust are now in effect. Employers must now ensure power tools are not used to cut, grind or abrasively polish engineered stone unless on-tool water suppression or dust extraction devices […]

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New Penalties For Stockpiling Dangerous Goods

Rogue operators who stockpile dangerous chemicals could face up to 10 years in jail as part of tough new penalties introduced by the Andrews Labor Government. The Dangerous Goods Amendment (Penalty Reform) Bill 2019 will be introduced into Parliament today and will ensure that those who flout dangerous goods laws will receive a serious penalty. […]

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Targeting Employers Flouting Workplace Safety Rules

A new workplace health and safety awareness campaign targeting employers who risk workers’ lives is warning they face tough penalties if they do the wrong thing. Minister for Workplace Safety Jill Hennessy joined Worksafe inspectors today to launch the new ‘More Inspectors. More Inspections.’ campaign which highlights the consequences for employers who fail to protect […]

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Making Young Worker Safety A Priority

The Andrews Labor Government is urging employers to take care of Victoria’s youngest workers following a spate of workplace injury claims for 15-24-year olds. Minister for Workplace Safety Jill Hennessy joined WorkSafe Victoria Chief of Business Operations Marnie Williams at Holmesglen’s Futuretech campus, to meet with apprentices studying a Certificate III in Electrotechnology. The number […]

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National Cooperation Needed To Help Keep Workers Safe

The Andrews Labor Government is calling on the Federal Government to show leadership and support Victoria’s position on significantly lowering the exposure standard to crystalline silica to prevent the deadly lung disease silicosis. WorkSafe Victoria will join its state and territory counterparts and Safe Work Australia in Sydney today to make a decision about the […]

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National Farm Safety Week A Reminder About Farm Safety

The Andrews Labor Government is urging Victorian farmers to be vigilant about their safety practices as part of National Farm Safety Week. Five people died as a result of workplace incidents on Victorian farms in the 2018-19 financial year, which tragically included two children. Another life was lost just days into the new financial year […]

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New Ideas To Improve Workplace Mental Health

Big ideas for improving workplace mental health are being sought for the Andrews Labor Government’s WorkSafe WorkWell program. Grants of between $250,000 and $1.2 million are available for new and innovative programs that will promote the mental health and wellbeing of workers. The third round of funding continues WorkWell’s focus on ideas that assist vulnerable […]

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Stronger Penalties For Dangerous Goods Offences

The Andrews Labor Government is cracking down on rogue operators who put Victorians at risk by flouting dangerous goods laws with tough new offences and harsher penalties to be introduced. Under the proposed Dangerous Goods Amendment (Penalty Reform) Bill 2019, a new ‘reckless conduct’ offence will be created, carrying a penalty of up to 10 […]

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