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Improving national consultative arrangements for OHS and workers' compensation.



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THE HON KEVIN ANDREWS MP

MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT AND WORKPLACE RELATIONS MINISTER ASSISTING THE PRIME MINISTER FOR THE PUBLIC SERVICE

Media Release

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Improving National Consultative Arrangements For OHS And Workers’ Compensation

THE Australian Government is absolutely committed to achieving a more effective and consistent OHS and workers’ compensation system.

The Government will propose a number of strategies to revitalise the national consultative framework in its response to the Productivity Commission’s final report into national OHS and workers’ compensation arrangements.

The final report will be available when it is presented to Federal Parliament next month.

In anticipation of the final report’s release, the Australian Government has proposed establishing a new body, the Australian Safety and Compensation Council (ASCC).

The ASCC will achieve better workplace health and safety for employers and employees. For the first time, workers’ compensation issues will be discussed in a national forum.

The ASCC will build on the achievements of NOHSC in pursuing a national approach to OHS and workers compensation issues.

It is important to stress that all the important work currently undertaken by NOHSC will continue.

The ASCC will be a tripartite body, but with a broader consultation base than the current NOHSC arrangements, with representatives from federal, state and territory governments, along with employer and employee representatives.

Until the ASCC is established, NOHSC will continue to lead national efforts to improve Australia’s OHS performance, working to achieve workplaces that are free from death, injury and disease.

The Australian Government is consulting State and Territory Governments and employer and employee representatives about the new national arrangements. The Government remains committed to the National OHS Strategy and believes the new arrangements will achieve better outcomes across the country.

For further information contact:

Felicity Dargan Press Secretary 0409 550 446

28/05/2004