Policy and Planning
The Health Safety and Injury Management Policy is a Council policy that describes the commitment and intent of the university to provide a safe and healthy place for staff, students and contractors to work and/or study and others who may be visiting. It is a high level document that also describes components of our safety management system that assist the university to comply with the requirements of the WorkCover Performance Standards for Self-Insurers. As a self-insured employer, we recognise the benefits of being able to manage our own safety system, workers compensation claims and rehabilitation of injured employees. The university is committed to retaining our self-insurer status and strives to continually improve our systems.
The Safety and Wellbeing Strategic Plan provides information that relates to the intent of the Policy and provides focus on particular areas of priority for the defined period of the plan. The plan is developed by key people from across the university, endorsed by the University Health Safety & Injury Management Committee and the Senior Management Group.
The strategic plan cascades down to the local action plan which provides a minimum standard across the university with the opportunity to customise. Priority areas for focus and action are incorporated into the school/unit/institute/centre local action plan and these actions are also corporate key performance indicators. Each year the local plans are reviewed to measure conformance across the university with feedback on performance achieved and support provided where needed. Best practice that is identified through the review process is shared with other local areas.
The Injury Management Strategic Plan is supported by an information kit that is sent to injured or ill employees and their manager 'just in time' following an incident report. This provides all the information required to effectively support the employee to recovery.