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Australian Government - making workplaces safer and reducing regulatory burden.



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Hon Joe Hockey MP

Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service 16 July, 2007

Media Release

Australian Government - making workplaces safer and reducing regulatory burden

The Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, the Hon Joe Hockey MP, has today officially unveiled

the National Code of Practice for Induction for Construction Work.

The National Code of Practice for Induction is an example of how the Australian Government is working to

improve safety in workplaces and reduce the regulatory burden for employers.

“This code of practice will be good for Australian employers and employees alike,” Minister Hockey said.

“It is a clear example of the government’s commitment to reduce the regulatory burden for employers as it

replaces a multitude of induction processes that currently exist in the states and territories with a single,

nationally agreed approach.

“Construction safety is a high priority and this code of practice will improve safety for those people working in

an environment where hazards and risks change frequently.”

The Australian Safety and Compensation Council, the body responsible for the development of the National

Code of Practice for Induction for Construction Work is made up of representatives from Commonwealth,

state and territory governments, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Australian Council of Trade Unions.

The code of practice provides guidance to people working in the general and residential construction sectors.

The induction training will provide workers with an awareness and understanding of common hazards on

construction sites and how they should be managed.

“This code of practice has been developed in consultation with industry to ensure that people working on

construction sites are equipped with the necessary training, skills and knowledge to help them work safely,”

Minister Hockey said.

“I strongly encourage the construction industry to use it as a benchmark.”

For further information contact:

Emma Needham 0400 334 091