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The Directorate is dedicated to improving workplace health and safety across schools and central office. Key actions for the reporting period included:

The Directorate continues to support the holistic, 'one service' approach to improving the health and return to work outcomes of ACTPS injured workers outlined in the ACTPS Workers' Compensation and Work Safety Improvement Plan. Key actions for the reporting period included:

Investigations

In the reporting period, 16 notifiable incidents were reported to Worksafe ACT and followed up by the Health, Safety and Wellbeing section of the Directorate. These incidents related to asbestos, electricity, falls, heart attack at the workplace and student injury.

A total of 991 staff accident or incident reports were received during 2013-14. This figure increased from the previous year's figure of 696. This increase reflects ongoing communication from the Health, Safety and Wellbeing (HSW) team raising the awareness of the requirements of reporting incidents in the workplace.

HSW investigated 72 incidents reported via accident or incident reporting and/or requests to visit schools to assess WHS issues and provide advice. The Chief Minister and Treasury Directorate Safety Support Team provided support to the Directorate with the follow up of three WHS issues.

The Directorate received 1,454 student accident or incident reports and 26 third party accident or incident reports. All student and third party reports were notifiable under section 38 of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (WHS Act) and were reported to Worksafe ACT.

Worker Consultation Arrangements and Health and Safety Representatives

As required under the WHS Act, the Directorate consulted with employees regarding Workers Consultation Units (WCU). A WCU is the group of workers with whom the consultation arrangements will be agreed and to whom they will be applied. The WCU may include all workers, or the workers may be arranged into units. WCUs include all ACT Government primary schools, early childhood schools, high schools, colleges and central office locations. A total of 92 WCUs were formed during 2013-14.

The Directorate had 89 Health and Safety Representatives (HSRs) and 62 Deputy HSRs undertaking responsibilities during 2013-14. The primary role and function of the HSR is to represent workers within their work group in relation to health and safety matters.

To support the HSRs, quarterly network meetings were conducted in September and November 2013 and March and May 2014. This ensured up-to-date health and safety information was disseminated throughout the Directorate.

Injury Prevention and Management Policy Committee

The Injury Prevention and Management (IPM) Policy Committee is the key consultative committee for the Directorate's workplace health and safety matters. The IPM Committee has oversight of the development of new and existing health and safety initiatives such as:

Injury Prevention and Management Programs

In 2013-14, a range of programs were implemented throughout the Directorate to ensure the safety and welfare of staff including:

Figure E3.1: Number of participants accessing the Employee Assistance Program a, 2009-10 to 2013-14

Graph showing number of participants accessing the Employee Assistance Program, 2009-10 to 2013-14 

Source: Education and Training Directorate
Note:
a. Includes both employee assistance and manager assistance participants.

The 2013–14 insurance premium rate for the Directorate was 3.44 percent. This was an increase from the 2013–14 rate of 3.17 percent and compared against the whole of government result of 4.91 percent for the same period. There were 146 claims accepted for the calendar year ending December 2013 (159 for 2012).

Target 1: Reduce the Number of Worker Fatalities by at Least 20 Percent

No Directorate work related fatalities were reported for this reporting period.

Target 2: Reduce the Incidence Rate of Claims Resulting in One or More Weeks off Work by at Least 30 Percent

There was a 42 percent reduction in claims requiring one or more weeks off work through early intervention and ongoing risk assessment of all accident or incident reporting and the provision of specialist advice to prevent reoccurrence and further injury. This was achieved by:

Table E3.1: Reduce the incidence rate of claims resulting in one or more weeks off work by at least 30 percent

Number of new five day claims -
Directorate
Rate per 1,000 employees
- Directorate
Directorate target Number of new  five day claims - ACTPS Rate per 1,000 employees
 - ACTPS
ACTPS target
Baselinea 75 16.5 16.5 334 17.1 17.1
2012-13 77 16.1 16.0 360 17.6 16.6
2013-14 44 9.4 15.5 257 12.6 16.1
2014-15 15.0 15.5
2015-16 14.5 15.0
2016-17 14.0 14.5
2017-18 13.5 14.0
2018-19 13.0 13.5
2019-20 12.5 13.0
2020-21 12.0 12.5
2021-22 11.6 12.0

Source:  Continuous Improvement and Workers' Compensation Branch, Workforce Capability and Governance Division, Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate
Note:
a. The baseline is an average of the three years: 2009-10, 2010-11, and 2011-12

Target 3: Reduce the Incidence Rate of Claims for Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSD) Resulting in One or More Weeks off Work by At Least 30 Percent

The early intervention focus adopted by the Directorate has seen a reduction of 35 percent in musculoskeletal disorders.  

The ACTPS Manual Handling Program provides support for teachers and workers responsible for special needs students through:

Table E3.2: Reduce the incidence rate of claims for musculoskeletal disorders resulting in one or more weeks off work, by at least 30 percent a,b

Number of new five day claims
- Directorate
Rate per 1,000 employees
- Directorate
Directorate target Number of new five day claims
- ACTPS
Rate per 1,000
employees - ACTPS
ACTPS target
Baselinec 34 7.5 7.5 156 8.0 8.0
2012-13 34 7.1 7.3 166 8.1 7.7
2013-14 22 4.7 7.1 138 6.8 7.5
2014-15 6.8 7.3
2015-16 6.6 7.0
2016-17 6.4 6.8
2017-18 6.2 6.5
2018-19 5.9 6.3
2019-20 5.7 6.0
2020-21 5.5 5.8
2021-22 5.3 5.6

Source:  Continuous Improvement and Workers' Compensation Branch, Workforce Capability and Governance Division, Chief Minister, Treasury Economic Development Directorate.
Notes:
a. The report includes accepted claims only.
b. Dates are based on those claims received by Comcare in each financial year.
c. The baseline is an average of the three years: 2009-10; 2010-11 and 2011-12.


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Director
People and Performance
(02) 6205 9202