Independent review update 28/10/2022:
Message from John Merritt:
The Review has continued with meetings with interested groups and the receipt of written submissions to the Review.
I was able to meet with the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Association, the Communications Electrical and Plumbing Union, Business SA, the Housing Industry Association, Hindmarsh Building and the Australian Institute for Health and Safety. I also met with several SafeWork SA staff members.
The first meeting of the Stakeholder Reference Group as identified in the Terms of Reference for the Review occurred this week where I was able to provide information about the Review so far, what key information is coming out of my discussions and what areas I have been focusing on. The Group will meet again in several weeks.
In the next few weeks, I will meet with the remaining groups and individuals who have requested to meet with me including family members of workers that have been injured or died at work. I will be closely considering each written submission provided.
Submissions are now closed for the Review. Thank you to all parties who made a submission.
Independent review update 12/10/2022:
Message from John Merritt:
The Review is progressing with further meetings with stakeholders which provided valuable information for consideration. I attended the SA Unions WHS Standing Committee meeting. met with the Master Builders Association, ReturnToWork SA and the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions. I also attended the worksite with the CFMEU in Hackney where a crane collapsed and met with several SafeWork SA staff members.
My discussions remain focused on the main goal of how we can improve workplace safety in SA.
I will be continuing to meet with interested groups and individuals remotely while in my home state and will soon be convening a Stakeholder Reference Group as identified in the Terms of Reference for the Review.
Independent review update 28/09/2022:
John Merritt has commenced his review into SafeWork SA.
This week he had initial discussions with key employer associations, unions, SafeWork SA leaders, the Attorney-General’s Department and a representative of Victims of Industrial Death. Discussions included introductions and details on the review process.
Next week Mr Merritt will begin detailed discussions with key organisations and SafeWork SA staff. He will also join inspectors on worksite visits.
The Hon Kyam Maher MLC, Minister for Industrial Relations and Public Sector, announced the commencement of an independent review of SafeWork SA on 21 September 2022, as part of a commitment of the Government prior to the 2022 State Election.
The Review will focus on:
- The effectiveness of SafeWork SA’s compliance and enforcement functions including complaints, inspections, investigations, prosecutions, and witness and family support.
- SafeWork SA’s implementation of recommendations arising from the 2017 review undertaken by a senior prosecutor from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, 2018 evaluation by the Independent Commissioner Against Corruption, internal audit recommendations, and coronial inquests into workplace deaths.
- Appropriate measures to ensure that workers and their representatives (including Health & Safety Representatives), and the families of deceased workers, have a genuine voice in the complaints, investigation, and enforcement process.
- Engagement between SafeWork SA and other government agencies to monitor and improve workplace safety.
- Recommendations as to any other matters that may arise during the review.
A copy of the Review’s Terms of Reference is now published.
Written submissions and requests for meetings with the Reviewer
The submission period for the review is now closed.
Thank you to all parties who have contributed to the Review by making a submission or meeting with the Reviewer.
For parties who have made a written submission:
Please be aware that, unless a request for confidentiality was made, information contained in any submission may be referred to publicly or published. Any material identified as ‘confidential’ is still subject to the Freedom of Information Act 1991 and, while efforts will be made to keep the material confidential, in some circumstances it may be disclosed under that Act. Where disclosure of information may identify you, attempts will be made to consult with you under the Freedom of Information Act 1991 before the documents are disclosed.