2007 Health and Safety Workplace Partnership Programme
In December 2006, the Hon Michael Wright MP, Minister for Industrial Relations, announced that the Rann Government's had established a grants scheme that aimed to help employee associations improve the occupational health, safety and welfare of South Australian workers.
This grants scheme was called the Health and Safety Workplace Partnership Programme 2007 (the Programme) and was an important component of the South Australian Government's efforts to make South Australian workplaces safer.
The Programme targeted specific industries that represented a large proportion of workers' compensation claims in South Australia. These comprise the community services, manufacturing, wholesale and retail trade, construction, transport and storage industries.
The Programme provided annual grants totalling $1 million per year to approved employee associations registered under the Fair Work Act 1994 from 2008 until 2010. The purpose of the grants was to improve the level of OHSW training, resources and information that is available to employees and association officials in the targeted industries.
Significant benefits were expected from the combination of the Programme with the resources employee associations currently allocate to improving OHSW in workplaces.
Summaries of 2007 Programme Funded Projects
The following summaries of the projects that received funding under the 2007 Government Programme provide only a brief overview of the respective projects.
These projects were funded after assessment of extensive application documentation from eligible employee associations in accordance with the Programme Guidelines.