Awards


W.S. Lonnie Awards

The Annual W.S. Lonnie Awards recognises excellence in public sector annual reporting. 

Agencies are required to include occupational safety, health and injury management information in their annual reports.  The requirement is established under the Public Sector Commissioner's Circular 2012-05: Code of Practice: Occupational Safety and Health in the Western Australian Public Sector (reissued in December 2012 to supersede Circular 2009-11 and prior to this the Premier’s Circular 2007/12) and is also outlined in the Annual Reporting Framework (opens in new window) issued by the Public Sector Commission.

Public Sector Commissioner's Circulars apply to all entities covered by the Public Sector Management Act 1994 (the Act), that is all entities created under statute for a public purpose except for those listed in Schedule 1 to the Act.  For the purpose of this requirement, departments, Schedule 1, Schedule 2 and non- SES agencies were reviewed. The Department of Commerce reviewed the annual reports for compliance. 

An award is given at the annual W.S. Lonnie Awards to the agency that best meets the occupational safety, health and injury management requirements as specified in the Public Sector Commissioner's Circular.

2017 W.S. Lonnie Awards

The 2017 Institute of Public Administration Australia (WA) Occupational Safety, Health and Injury Management Special Reporting Award for the 2015-16 reporting year was presented to the Quadriplegic Center Board Of Management on 2 March 2017 at the W.S. Lonnie Awards.

About the winner

The Quadriplegic Centre (the Centre) is a rehabilitative and care facility for people with quadriplegia and paraplegia and is an integral part of the Western Australian health system. In providing its services in one of the heaviest nursing care environments within the State health system the potential and risk of injury for its staff is significant. The Centre’s commitment to ensuring the highest standard of occupational safety and health for all its personnel is borne out by its excellent lost time injury record of only three injuries over the last five years.

The Centre’s safety, health and injury management reporting, while not as extensive as several of the other shortlisted agencies, conveys compelling evidence of its strong commitment to ensuring the safety, health and excellent injury management of its employees.

An example of its commitment to pursuing the highest standards of occupational safety and health for its staff is the regular undertaking of an external audit of its safety, health and injury management systems and processes by the Industrial Foundation of Accident Prevention (IFAP) – a leading workplace safety, health and injury management trainer and auditor. In 2015, in recognition of its excellent safety, health and injury management practices and outcomes, IFAP awarded the Centre with Gold Standard recognition.

The Centre’s strong results and safety and health practices are well supported by an extensive and relevant workplace safety training program provided to all its staff, in addition to a Workplace Health and Safety Management plan produced yearly which details new and ongoing strategies and objectives to assist the Centre maintain its high standards. 

Highly commended

The following agencies were awarded highly commended for their 2015-16 annual reporting disclosure for occupational safety, health and injury management:

  • Disability Services Commission
  • Fremantle Ports Authority
  • Department of Transport

Short-listed agencies

The following agencies exceeded the reporting requirements and were shortlisted by the judging panel:

  • Ombudsman WA
  • VenuesWest
  • Metropolitan Cemeteries Board
  • Pilbara Institute (Tafe)
  • Pilbara Ports Authority
  • VenuesWest
  • Department of Fire and Emergency Services
  • Department of Parks and Wildlife

2016 Lonnie Awards

The 2016 Institute of Public Administration Australia (WA) Occupational Safety, Health and Injury Management Special Reporting Award for the 2014-15 reporting year was presented to the the Department of Transport on 1 April 2016 at the W.S. Lonnie Awards.

About the winner

The Department Transport’s (Transport) reporting displays commendable work in its approach to safety, health and injury management within its diverse array of workplaces. The agency's reporting conveys a laudable level of information that goes well beyond the minimum reporting requirements and is well-presented and easy to interpret.

Transport’s reporting demonstrates a strong commitment to workplace safety, health and injury management which is evident in the agencies acknowledgement that the success of OSH and IM activities is reliant upon the active participation of all staff, including those at the executive level. The establishment of an OHS Management Committee that meets regularly, comprised of all of the department’s Executive Directors and General Managers, in addition to the fact that 88 per cent of its management team are now trained in their OSH and IM responsibilities is further evidence of the senior level commitment needed to improve safety, health and injury management practices and outcomes.

Also praiseworthy is Transport’s detailed and transparent reporting of the results of the external audit of its safety management system which detailed not only the positive findings of the audit but also the areas where the Department needs to improve. This open reporting, and its commitment to addressing the areas for improvement, provides a template for other agencies to aspire to when meeting their safety, health and injury management reporting obligations.

Highly Commended

The following agencies were awarded highly commended for their 2014-15 annual reporting disclosure for occupational safety, health and injury management:

  • Fremantle Ports Authority
  • Department of Mines and Petroleum

Short-listed agencies

The following agencies exceeded the reporting requirements and were shortlisted by the judging panel:

  • Landcorp
  • Ombudsman WA
  • Metropolitan Cemeteries Board
  • South West Institute Of Technology
  • VenuesWest
  • Department of Fire and Emergency Services
  • Disability Services Commission
  • Landgate

 

 

 

 


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