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Safe Work Australia launches landmark strategy

  • Posted on Monday 30th, September 2019.

Government agency, Safe Work Australia, has set an ambitious agenda to minimise the impact of work-related injury and illness, and optimise workers’ recovery and capacity to work.

The 'National Return to Work Strategy 2020-2030' – according to Safe Work Australia Chair, Diane Smith-Gander – is a landmark 10-year action plan to improve return to work outcomes for workers across Australia.

More than half a million Australians are reported to sustain a work-related injury or illness each year. The impact of this is felt in their daily lives, their families and their communities.

“Workers are at the heart of the strategy – we want to help them recover and return to a safe and supportive workplace”, said Safe Work Australia CEO, Michelle Baxter.

To date, jurisdictions have largely worked separately on issues of return to work. In partnership with governments, business, industry and unions, Safe Work Australia developed a widely supported, evidence-based plan for national action.

“The strategy is built on a shared commitment to improve outcomes for workers and paves the way for ongoing national collaboration”, said Baxter.

The return to work process can be complex and involves a range of stakeholders according to Safe Work Australia. The strategy aims to better support workers through this process, and help stakeholders to do the same.

Safe Work Australia’s national strategy is aimed at those who influence work and workplaces including policy makers, workers’ compensation authorities, employers, union and industry groups, insurers and claims management organisations, treating health practitioners, workplace rehabilitation providers and other worker advocates.

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