- Government policy requirements

Substantive equality

Although the Commission is not a mandated agency under the Public Sector Commissioner’s circular to address systemic discrimination it has continued to implement the objectives of the framework for Substantive Equality in its own operations. During the current year the Commission:

  • Continued to revise its substantive equality implementation plan
  • Maintained as a standing agenda items for staff meetings the implementation of substantive equality as well as analysis of trends and issues to identify systemic discrimination
  • Identified policies requiring impact assessments.

The Commission hopes that the review of the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 will incorporate the concept of substantive equality.

Freedom of information

The Commission aims to make information available promptly and at the least possible cost. Whenever possible documents will be provided outside the FOI process.

If information is not routinely available, the FOI Act provides the right to apply for documents held by the Commission and enables the public to ensure that personal information in documents is accurate, complete, up to date and not misleading.

The Commission receives, produces and retains a range of documents relevant to the Commission's statutory and administrative functions.

The public is welcome to make arrangements to view the range of publications and resources produced by the Commission, much of which is on the website, as the information you seek may already be available without the need to make an FOI application.

Applications

2018-19

Received during the year

3

Finalised during the year

3

Average time to finalise in days

7

Occupational safety and health (OSH)

The Commission is committed to providing an environment that is healthy, safe and promotes the welfare of the employees as well as any other people who may be affected by the work environment of the Commission.

Due to the small number of staff there is no dedicated OSH officer.  The Commission has two elected OSH representatives who conduct regular office inspections, and during these inspections consult staff and seek feedback on workstation and work related ergonomic and other OSH issues. Any urgent issues are documented and submitted for action.

In the 2018-19 no high-risk issues were identified.  Routine low risk issues were dealt with such as ensuring items such as chairs were properly stacked and stored safely and slip risks removed from floors. The OSH representatives take responsibility for conducting the OSH component during the induction of new staff.

An organisation wide assessment of the occupational safety and health management systems was last completed in 2012 using a recognised assessment tool by an independent external OSH consultancy firm. Given the passage of five years since this assessment was completed, the Commission will conduct an assessment of the occupational safety and health management systems during the 2019-20 financial year.

Formal mechanism for consultation with employees

Managers and employees are regularly reminded of their responsibilities. These include:

  • All related occupational safety and health management policies are provided during the induction process and are also available to all staff on the intranet
  • All new employees are provided with OSH information and basic training as part of the induction process
  • OSH inspections are carried out regularly in accordance with the policy
  • If an issue is identified it is followed up initially by the manager and then by an OSH representative if required
  • Reports are provided quarterly to corporate executive
  • Accidents are recorded in the accident report register either by the injured party, the first aider or an OSH representative
  • If an injury requires any treatment it is reported to the OSH representative and the manager commission support.

The following table provides actual results for the 2018-19 reporting period against targets specified in the Public Sector Commissioner’s Circular 2012-05: Code of Practice-Occupational Safety and Health in the Western Australian Public Sector. We had no lost time injuries during the period.

Measure

Actual results

Target

 

2018-19

2017-18

 

Number of fatalities

0

0

0

Lost time injury and/or disease incidence rate

0

0

0

Lost time injury and/or disease severity rate

0

0

0

Percentage of injured workers returned to work:

 

 

 

  1. Within 13 weeks

0

0

0

  1. Within 26 weeks

0

0

0

Percentage of managers trained in occupational safety, health and injury management responsibilities

0

0

0*

 

*Managers have not undertaken formal training recently due to budgetary constraints.  However, managers are aware of their responsibilities in regard to occupational, health and injury management from previous training.  Subject to future funds being available, the Commission will endeavour to provide refresher training.