What is the Work Health and Safety Advisory Council?
The role of the Work Health and Safety Advisory Council is established by the Work Health and Safety (National Uniform Legislation) Act, which came into force on 1 January 2012.
The Minister for Justice and Attorney General is responsible for the Workplace Health and Safety Act.
What does the Workplace Health and Safety Advisory Council do?
The Work Health and Safety Act provides:
(3) The Council has the following functions:
(a) To keep under review the operations of this Act;
(b) To make recommendations to the Minister on possible changes to
(i) the administration of this Act; or
(ii) standards of work health and safety in the Territory;
(c) At the request of the Minister, to investigate and report to the Minister
on matters relating to work health an safety;
(d) To perform any other advisory functions relating to work health and safety as the Minister directs.
Who are the Members?
Section 4 of the Work Health and Safety Act provides:
Membership of Council
(1) The Council consists of:
(a) The person constituting the Authority undxer section (4) (3) of the Work Health Administration Act; and
(1.b) Not more than ten other persons appointed by the Minister.
(2) The members appointed under subclause (1) (b) must:
(a) Include persons with a wide range of experience extending as far as possible across all major industry sectors in the Territory; and
(b) As far as is practicable consist of equal numbers of representatives of organisations representing employers, and
organisations representing employees.