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Latest Quick Poll Response from Safe-T-Bulletin 557

16 November 2020

NSCA Foundation Quick Poll results for Safe-T-Bulletin 557: Are we likely to see COVID-19-related workers compensation mental health claims increase over the 2020–21 financial year?

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National snapshot: COVID-19-related workers compensation claims

16 November 2020

Safe Work Australia has released a snapshot of COVID-19-related workers compensation claims up to 31 July 2020 that offers insight into areas such as mental health.

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Recent asbestos-related fines highlight awareness importance

11 November 2020

23–29 November is National Asbestos Awareness Week 2020; two recent Queensland asbestos-related removal and licensing prosecutions highlight its importance.

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Royal Commission publishes report into natural disasters

11 November 2020

Following the 2019–20 bushfires, the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements has published a 1000-page report with 80 recommendations.

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Silica detector to protect NSW workers from dust diseases

11 November 2020

The NSW Government is trialling a real-time silica detector that monitors silica dust levels in the air, to protect NSW workers from contracting dust diseases.

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$150K fine follows machine crushing death of worker in 2017

11 November 2020

A North Queensland company has been fined $150,000 for a 2017 incident in which a worker was crushed to death while trying to fix a cane haul-out vehicle.

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NSW allocates $660K for research into emerging WHS risks

02 November 2020

To prepare for future workplace issues, the NSW Government has allocated $660,000 to four research projects exploring emerging risks to health and safety.

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Victorian fatality toll continues rise after three separate incidents

02 November 2020

Recent Victorian worker deaths — including two within the space of three days — have brought the state's fatality toll to 60 for 2020, four more than at the same time last year.

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To combat dust diseases, NSW passes new laws and WA halves WES

28 October 2020

NSW has passed new laws to help track and prevent occupational dust diseases, while workplace exposure standards for respirable crystalline silica and coal dust have been halved in WA.

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WHS overhaul for Western Australia as Bill passes Upper House

28 October 2020

The Western Australia Government's Work Health and Safety Bill, which introduces industrial manslaughter as a crime, has passed through the Upper House.

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$1500 Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment gets extended to Qld, SA

28 October 2020

Workers in Queensland and South Australia are now eligible for the 'Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment', if they are self-isolating or caring for someone with COVID-19.

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183 Australians lost their lives while at work in 2019

19 October 2020

Safe Work Australia has released its national work-related fatality and workers compensation claims data. It reports 183 workplace fatalities in 2019, up from 144 in 2018.

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Worker dies in Curtin University construction site roof collapse

14 October 2020

On Tuesday, 13 October, a worker died and two others were injured following the collapse of a glass roof structure at Curtin University. WorkSafe WA and WA Police are investigating.

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Researchers estimate 2019/20 bushfires health bill at $1.95bn

13 October 2020

As we brace for the 2020/21 bushfire season, researchers estimate that the smoke-related health impacts of the 2019/20 season have cost the country $1.95 billion.

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NSW launches engagement tool for COVID-19 mental health

13 October 2020

Until 6 November, NSW workplaces are encouraged to give feedback via an online engagement tool. The feedback will inform policy making and mental health strategy.

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Victoria imposes maximum penalties following fatal truck crash

13 October 2020

Maximum penalties have been imposed against a Victorian road maintenance company and its director, after a truck crash that claimed the life of a young worker.

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Latest Quick Poll Response from Safe-T-Bulletin 554

06 October 2020

NSCA Foundation Quick Poll results for Safe-T-Bulletin 554:  Should home-based issues such as family violence figure more prominently as part of WHS training and awareness programs?

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NSW regulator responds to investigation into conduct of inspectors

30 September 2020

SafeWork NSW has accepted all 11 recommendations of an August 2020 report released by the NSW Ombudsman investigating a complaint by Blue Mountains City Council.

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Researchers release aged-care disaster preparedness toolkit

30 September 2020

Australian researchers have developed a free national resource to help aged-care providers ensure they are prepared for fires, earthquakes, floods and other disasters.

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Ardent Leisure receives $3.6m fine over 2016 Dreamworld deaths

30 September 2020

Dreamworld's parent company, Ardent Leisure, has been fined $3.6 million over the 2016 Thunder River Rapids Ride tragedy that claimed the lives of four people.

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Health and Safety Month aims to help Victorians navigate COVID-19

30 September 2020

Aligned with the national theme, WorkSafe Victoria's 'Health and Safety Month' offers webinars to guide workplaces through COVID-19, with an emphasis on mental health.

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Colin Seery—We all need a lifeline right now

23 September 2020

NSCA Foundation Board Director Maria Zoras-Christo recounts a visit to Lifeline and a conversation with its CEO, Colin Seery, which reveals why it has never been more important for Australians to have access to crisis support services.

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Steer Away from Driver Fatigue: New Augmented Reality Safety Guide Keeping Transport Workers Safe

22 September 2020

The Transport & Logistics Industry Guide to Safety 2020/21 by Pro-Visual Publishing, Australian Trucking Association, National Heavy Vehicle Regulator, and NSCA Foundation provides information relating to driver fatigue, plus other critical safety issues in the transport industry.

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WHS resources released ahead of National Safe Work Month

21 September 2020

October is National Safe Work Month, and in the lead-up Safe Work Australia has published a range of resources to help employers, duty holders and WHS representatives prepare.

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Logging onto Safety: Updated Augmented Reality Safety Guide for Forestry Workers

21 September 2020

Pro-Visual Publishing in conjunction with the NSCA Foundation, Australian Forest Growers and the Institute of Foresters of Australia have released the 2020/21 edition of the Forestry Sector Guide to Workplace Safety.

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Latest Quick Poll Response from Safe-T-Bulletin 553

21 September 2020

NSCA Foundation Quick Poll results for Safe-T-Bulletin 553: Will the investigations that have been undertaken into the catastrophic 2019/20 bushfires result in a safer 2020/21 season?

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Company facing $1.5m fine following Sydney Metro incident

16 September 2020

A construction company has been charged with breaching work health and safety laws, after a bricklayer suffered severe injuries following a seven-metre fall.

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Research finds drug and alcohol support sector under pressure

16 September 2020

As COVID-19 aggravates problems with alcohol abuse, Flinders University survey research reveals that support workers in the area are facing significant pressure.

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Victorian service workers receive family violence training

16 September 2020

With families under strain amid COVID-19, Victorians who work in service roles can now receive critical training to help them identify and respond to family violence.

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Queensland mine safety inquiry postpones public hearings until 2021

16 September 2020

The Queensland Coal Mining Board of Inquiry public hearings into the accident at Grosvenor Mine will be postponed until 2021, and its report released in two parts.

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Member Spotlight: Australian Red Cross — Emergency Services Victoria

14 September 2020

NSCA Foundation is delighted to share an interview with Australian Red Cross – Emergency Services Victoria. Australian Red Cross is a Corporate Gold member of NSCA Foundation.

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Very high risk environments should not operate, AHPPC advises

07 September 2020

The Australian Health Protection Principal Committee has advised on the types of businesses that should not operate in the '3-step framework for a COVIDSafe Australia'.

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Latest Quick Poll Response from Safe-T-Bulletin 552

07 September 2020

NSCA Foundation Quick Poll results for Safe-T-Bulletin 552: Will COVID-19 serve as a catalyst for improving the health and safety outcomes of our aged-care sector?

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Interim observations published by bushfire Royal Commission

03 September 2020

The Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements has published its interim observations, to prepare for the 2020/21 bushfire season — and Queensland responds.

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Researchers link food safety model with pandemic management

02 September 2020

Researchers have argued that a model developed to manage food safety incidents could also have applications in pandemic management, particularly for COVID-19.

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Safe Work Australia provides guidance for GHS 7 transition

02 September 2020

SWA has published guidance to help businesses with the two-year transition to the Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals Revision 7.

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Victorian Aged Care Response Centre provides one-month update

02 September 2020

One month after its establishment to protect Victorians in aged care amid COVID-19, the Victorian Aged Care Response Centre has provided an update on its operations.

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Keeping New and Expecting Parents informed with Augmented Reality Health and Wellbeing Guide

28 August 2020

The Pregnancy and Development of your baby Guide 2020/21 includes additional information on pre-natal nutrition as well as some other key topics for pregnancy in an easy to read guide.

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A Cut Above the Rest – New Augmented Reality Safety Guide Helps Mining Industry Stay Safe

24 August 2020

To assist the mining industry, an Augmented Reality Mining & Quarry Industry Guide to Workplace Safety 2020/21 has been published by Pro-Visual Publishing in conjunction with the NSCA Foundation, the Australian Mines & Metals Association and the Minerals Industry Safety & Health Centre.

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Qld prosecutes its first individual for industrial manslaughter

24 August 2020

For the first time since the offence was enacted in Queensland in 2017, a business owner is facing industrial manslaughter charges following a July 2019 death.

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Latest Quick Poll Response from Safe-T-Bulletin 551

24 August 2020

NSCA Foundation Quick Poll results for Safe-T-Bulletin 551: Are the measures that have been adopted in Victoria sufficient to curb the spread of COVID-19 and keep the state’s workers safe?

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Research advocates integrated care for older Australians

20 August 2020

As our aged-care sector comes under scrutiny, research reveals that integrated models for care, health and housing are effective means of empowering older Australians.

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Australian academics weigh in on explosion in Beirut

19 August 2020

Following the recent explosion in Beirut, Australian academics from two universities have discussed the chemicals involved in the explosion and the disaster response.

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Anglo American prepares to restart Grosvenor Mine in 2021

19 August 2020

After five workers were injured in an explosion at its Queensland Grosvenor Mine in May 2020, Anglo American has announced plans to restart mine operations in 2021.

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SWA report highlights occupational lung diseases in Australia

19 August 2020

A new report published by Safe Work Australia explores the industries and occupations where workers are at risk of contracting occupational lung diseases.

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New regulations require Vic to report COVID-19 diagnoses

07 August 2020

Under new regulations, Victorian employers and self-employed persons must inform WorkSafe Victoria if a worker receives a confirmed coronavirus diagnosis.

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Premier outlines business impacts during Stage 4 restrictions

05 August 2020

Melbourne entered Stage 4 restrictions on 2 August. The following day, the state's Premier, Daniel Andrews, announced three lists that will apply to businesses.

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New strategy prioritises Victorian healthcare worker safety

04 August 2020

WorkSafe Victoria's 'Health Care and Social Assistance (HCSA) industry strategy 2020–23' aims to improve health and safety outcomes for healthcare workers.

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Workplace psychosocial safety climate research receives funding

04 August 2020

Funding will enable UniSA to establish a research platform to study the psychosocial safety climate of workplaces, and help reform Australia's corporate climate.

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SWA nominates a COVID-19 theme for National Safe Work Month

04 August 2020

October is National Safe Work Month and this year's national theme will be 'Work Health and Safety through COVID-19', Safe Work Australia has announced.

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Ardent Leisure charged over Dreamworld deaths, faces $4.5m fine

22 July 2020

Qld's WHS Prosecutor has laid charges against Ardent Leisure, Dreamworld's parent company, over the 2016 Thunder River Rapids ride incident that killed four people.

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WA's first gross negligence guilty verdict follows arm amputation

21 July 2020

In a state-first guilty verdict, a waste recycling company is facing a $500,000 fine for gross negligence after a worker's arm was amputated at the shoulder.

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Workplaces must do more to stop sexual harassment, experts argue

21 July 2020

Researchers are urging workplaces to be more proactive in addressing sexual harassment, rather than waiting for employees to report the behaviour — especially amid COVID-19.

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Guide to storing flammable liquids in the workplace released

21 July 2020

With hand sanitisers now common at Australian workplaces, Safe Work Australia has developed a guide for safely storing flammable liquids, such as solvents and alcohols.

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Worker's severe bulldozer injuries land company $375K fine

13 July 2020

An earthmoving equipment company has been fined $375,000 after a worker was crushed beneath a bulldozer belly plate, sustaining severe injuries.

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Call for mining regulations in Myanmar after fatal landslide

10 July 2020

An international advocacy group has called for the implementation of safety regulations in Myanmar's mining industry, after a landslide in Hpakant claimed more than 100 lives.

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Silica WES halved across six jurisdictions

08 July 2020

From 1 July, the workplace exposure standard for respirable crystalline silica reduced by half in six Australian jurisdictions to a TWA of 0.05 mg/m3.

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WorkSafe ACT commences operations as independent entity

08 July 2020

The new and independent WorkSafe ACT has commenced operations, and will function as an independent entity to improve safety across the Australian Capital Territory.

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Feedback sought for workplace violence and aggression draft code

08 July 2020

Until 23 September, Western Australia's Commission for Occupational Safety and Health is seeking feedback on a draft code of practice for violence and aggression in the workplace.

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2020 Update — Industrial Manslaughter

30 June 2020

The introduction of industrial manslaughter legislation is the biggest shift in WHS policy and regulation since the (partial) harmonisation of WHS laws. Sparke Helmore Lawyers' SAM JACKSON, MADELEINE ARMSTRONG and SAM GRAY set out the case and provide a state-by-state, 2020 update.

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SWA, NSW Government release COVID-19 industry-specific resources

29 June 2020

New COVID-19 industry resources include: for accommodation services and tertiary education, from Safe Work Australia; and agricultural businesses, from the NSW Government.

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Western Australia spotlights quad bike dangers after deaths

24 June 2020

WorkSafe Western Australia has issued a reminder on the importance of quad bike safety and outlined its state's initiatives after three recent crash-related deaths.

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Industrial manslaughter: developments in Queensland and Victoria

24 June 2020

On 1 July, the offence of workplace manslaughter came into effect in Victoria. JACKSON INGLIS and ERIC HALDEN provide analysis in the context of Queensland's recent first prosecution.

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Our GPs could have been better supported, RACGP says

15 June 2020

In its submission to the Select Committee on COVID-19, the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners detailed shortcomings of the government's response.

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Worker wellbeing bounces back as job prospects improve

10 June 2020

Australian survey research reveals that as the employment outlook amid the coronavirus pandemic improves, workers experience increased wellbeing and reduced anxiety.

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$80m infection control training fund for the frontlines

10 June 2020

Frontline workers in the food handling, retail, and transport and logistics industries will have free or low-fee access to national infection control skill sets.

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Victoria updates lead guidance after amended regulations

10 June 2020

WorkSafe Victoria has released updated lead guidance after amended regulations came into effect on 5 June. It includes the latest information on lead-risk work.

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Fines follow young workers' burns in biofuel explosion

01 June 2020

A NSW vehicle repair shop and its director have been fined $157,500 after two young workers sustained serious burns while making biofuel unsupervised.

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COVID-19 creating a stir — the importance of hygiene and safety for restaurants and cafés

15 May 2020

The Restaurant & Café Guide to Managing Workplace & Food Safety 2020/21 by Pro-Visual Publishing in conjunction with Restaurant & Catering Australia (RCA) and the NSCA Foundation provides further information on essential WHS topics for restaurants and cafés.

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Two Victorian workplace deaths in a tragic 24 hours

04 May 2020

Two people have died in the space of 24 hours in two separate Victorian workplace incidents, bringing the number of fatalities in the state up to 22 for 2020.

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NSW now protects all workers with $5000 on-the-spot fines

20 April 2020

This week, the NSW Government extended its $5000 on-the-spot fines to protect anyone at work or travelling to or from work from being coughed or spat on.

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2020 World Day for Safety and Health at Work and Workers’ Memorial Day

17 April 2020

Tuesday, 28 April is World Day for Safety and Health at Work and Workers' Memorial Day. On this day, we remember those who have died from or experienced a work-related injury or illness. It is also a reminder that we can help to stop these tragedies from happening.

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Expert urges caution on healthcare worker cloth mask use

15 April 2020

Biosecurity expert Professor Raine MacIntyre has cautioned healthcare workers of the risks of cloth masks, as supplies of disposable masks and respirators fall.

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Frontline responders a priority in bushfire impact funding

15 April 2020

The government will fund nine research projects exploring the physiological and mental health effects of the recent bushfires, including on frontline responders.

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Manufacturers rise to the challenge of combating COVID-19

15 April 2020

Queensland commends manufacturers for "stepping up to the plate" and Standards Australia releases a resource to help the sector rise to the challenge.

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Working at home wellbeing survey: interim findings released

15 April 2020

The Institute for Employment Studies in the UK has released interim findings of its 'Working at home wellbeing survey 2020', open throughout April.

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Working from home — maintaining mentally healthy workplaces

07 April 2020

Working from home or remotely during the coronavirus pandemic can be stressful for many workers; SafeWork NSW has created an online resource to help.

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Queensland closes its border to interstate FIFO workers

06 April 2020

As a measure to protect local mine workforces, on 4 April the Queensland Government placed a ban on non-critical interstate fly-in fly-out mine workers.

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Government backs private health sector to combat COVID-19

06 April 2020

A partnership between the Australian Government and the private health sector will provide 30,000 hospital beds and 105,000 nurses and staff to combat COVID-19.

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Safe Work Australia releases new COVID-19 WHS resources

01 April 2020

Safe Work Australia's 'COVID-19 Information for workplaces' online resource includes new infographics and industry-specific information.

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Upholding Australian Standards amid COVID-19

31 March 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact Australian workplaces, Standards Australia has reasserted its commitment to support quality and promote safety.

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Respect@Work report addresses workplace sexual harassment

18 March 2020

The Respect@Work report comprises the findings of a national inquiry into workplace sexual harassment and outlines a new approach to tackling the issue.

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PCBUs duties to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

17 March 2020

To support our Australian WHS/OHS community, businesses and organisations in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19), we are providing an information web page, webinar and other resources to assist PCBUs and organisational leaders.

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Free access to buildings standard for bushfire-prone areas

09 March 2020

Access for Australians to AS 3959:2018 Construction of buildings in bushfire-prone areas is being funded by the Australian Government and Standards Australia until 30 June 2021.

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