Meeting national targets


The Western Australian Government is committed to the Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012-2022, which builds on the previous National Occupational Health and Safety Strategy 2002-2012.
 
The 2012-2022 Strategy is underpinned by two key principles:
  • All workers regardless of their occupation or how they are engaged have the right to a safe and healthy working environment.
  • Well-designed safe and healthy work will allow workers in Australia to have more productive working lives.
The Strategy sets three national targets to be achieved by 2022:
  • A reduction in the number of worker fatalities due to injury of at least 20%.
  • A reduction in the incidence rate of claims resulting in one or more weeks off work of at least 30%.
  • A reduction in the incidence rate of claims for musculoskeletal disorders resulting in one or more weeks off work of at least 30%.

Public sector agencies that improve their workplace safety, health and injury management performance benefit from:

  • higher employee retention rates
  • enhanced organisational profile
  • increased employee morale
  • improved health and wellness
  • decreased absenteeism
  • reduced expenditure on and prevention of the further escalation of workers' compensation costs.

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