Funding boost for WorkSafe ACT

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WorkSafe ACT has received a funding boost, with $8.7 million announced for the regulator over four years.

Workplace Safety Minister Suzanne Orr said the funding boost would allow WorkSafe ACT to provide more inspectors, compliance activity, education programs and support staff.

“These extra resources will see the new WorkSafe ACT in the strongest position ever to monitor and enforce compliance with WHS legislation and regulations,” Ms Orr said.

“Safety is everyone’s responsibility and we must work together to create a strong safety culture so all workers can return home safe at the end of the day.”

WorkSafe will become an independent regulator, with a new Commissioner to be appointed in the coming months, as part of recommendations from an independent review in 2018.

Master Builders ACT welcomed the injection of funds, and CEO Michael Hopkins said “in the last three budget submissions we have called for additional funding for WorkSafe inspectors … additional inspectors will help the regulator and industry work together to improve safety culture and outcomes on ACT construction sites.”

The funding announcement comes after the recent deaths of two workers on two separate construction sites in Denman Prospect.

 

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