Category: Minister for Workplace Safety

New Graduates To Keep Victorians Safe At Work

The ranks of Victoria’s workplace safety watchdog have been boosted, with 25 new WorkSafe inspectors hitting the streets. Minister for Workplace Safety Jill Hennessy welcomed the new inspectors at their graduation ceremony in Geelong today. WorkSafe inspectors can visit any workplace, anytime and can issue a range of improvement and prohibition notices to ensure that […]

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Dam Safety Under The Spotlight

The Andrews Labor Government is warning farmers and earthmoving contractors to be safe around dams following two serious incidents in April, including a fatality. Victoria has around 450,000 dams, many of which are on farms and private properties and have been significantly impacted by a lack of rainfall this year. The soil around dry dams […]

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Take Workplace Safety Seriously This Easter

The Andrews Labor Government is urging Victorian employers and workers to be vigilant about their safety practices over the Easter break. With the tragic deaths of four workers since 7 April, the Labor Government is reminding employers to make sure they do everything they can to protect their workers always but particularly over the Easter […]

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Backing Those Workers Who Support Us

The Andrews Labor Government is backing our dedicated health workers through a new program that will help reduce the risk of mental injury. The We Care initiative is one of six new projects to share in $8.9 million from the Labor Government’s WorkWell program, which aims to promote mental wellbeing by changing workplace cultures and […]

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Improving The Mental Health Of Ballarat Workers

The Andrews Labor Government is backing residential aged care workers in Ballarat through a new program designed to support their mental health. Minister for Workplace Safety Jill Hennessy today announced $1.27 million for a new Wellbeing Track and Change program, a partnership between Prevention United and Federation University Australia, who will work with staff and […]

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Entries Open For The 2019 Worksafe Awards

Victorians with a passion for the health and safety of workers are encouraged to enter this year’s WorkSafe Awards. The awards highlight the incredible achievements of businesses and individuals to improve health and safety in the workplace and help those workers who have been injured on the job. They’re also an opportunity for workplaces to […]

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First Meeting Of Workplace Manslaughter Taskforce

The Andrews Labor Government’s new workplace manslaughter taskforce has today held its inaugural meeting – to discuss tough new laws to keep workers safe. The Workplace Manslaughter Implementation Taskforce was announced earlier this month as the first step in developing new legislation to make workplace manslaughter a criminal offence. Led by the Member for Sydenham […]

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Recognising Family Violence In The Workplace

The Andrews Labor Government has introduced guidelines to recognise family violence as an issue of workplace safety and help employers support workers experiencing violence. For too long, family violence was ignored as a private issue in the workplace. This new guideline recognises family violence as a workplace hazard – just like any other workplace health […]

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Asbestos Taskforce Kicks Off In The Latrobe Valley

A dedicated asbestos taskforce for the Latrobe Valley has got underway, ensuring locals have their say over the removal of dangerous asbestos waste material from former power station and industrial sites. Today Latrobe Health Advocate and taskforce Chair Jane Anderson kicked off the very first meeting of this important forum that will help boost confidence […]

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Greater Effort Needed To Reduce Workplace Death Toll

The Andrews Labor Government is urging employers to make workplace safety a priority this year, after 23 people didn’t make it home from work in 2018. The number of workplace deaths has decreased in the past twelve months, however seven of the 2018 deaths involved workers aged 25 and under. Victorian workplaces are reminded to […]

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