Work health and safety consultation

Work health and safety consultation statement

The primary mechanism for consultation on health and safety matters is direct dialogue between supervisors/managers and workers acting under their instruction.

Consultation at this level is fundamental to the successful management of work health and safety (WHS) risks.

Each manager and supervisor is required to consult with workers acting under their instruction whenever they are:

  • identifying hazards and assessing risks arising from the work carried out or to be carried out
  • making decisions about ways to eliminate or minimise those risks
  • making decisions about the adequacy of facilities for the welfare of workers
  • proposing changes that may affect the health or safety of their workers.

Other mechanisms for consultation

Each University work group is entitled to elect a health & safety representative (HSR) to represent the health and safety interests of their work group. HSRs are invited to participate in discussion about WHS at local management meetings.

Two HSRs, one from the faculties and one from the administrative portfolios, are elected by their peers to attend the University Executive (UE) Work Health & Safety Committee meetings to represent the collective views of HSRs and the workers they represent. This enables HSRs to contribute to WHS decision making about issues that affect the whole or substantial part of the University community.

Meaningful and effective WHS consultation

Consultation requires that:

  • relevant work health and safety information is shared with workers
  • workers are given a reasonable opportunity to express their views and to raise health or safety issues
  • workers are given a reasonable opportunity to contribute to the decision-making process relating to the health and safety matter
  • the views of workers are taken into account, and
  • workers are advised of the outcome of any consultation in a timely manner.