Victoria has announced its average workers' comp premium rate for 2021-22, set aside $550 million for injury support and prevention initiatives, and released a draft Compliance Code on the provision of safe workplace facilities, including toilets, lighting and amenities for employees without fixed worksites.
Australia's first WHS Code of Practice on eliminating and minimising psychosocial risks has taken effect in NSW, and will, according to the State Government, remove the "guesswork" from tackling the issue. NSW has also launched its work safety awards for 2021.
The surge of flexible working arrangements is creating new challenges for employers, but the right approach to this "new normal" can optimise employee wellbeing and ensure those who still want to work in the office don't feel abandoned, according to the authors of a major Australian study.
New ways of working are emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic and providing opportunities to improve workers' work-life balance and fatigue levels, but they must be provided with the skills to match the evolved workplace, an ex-US military sleep researcher says.
Mental health safety stand-downs can help workers help each other, and help employers support the workforce during crises like the COVID-19 pandemic, an engineering giant's head of safety, health, environment and quality says.
A significant proportion of NSW workers believe they are mentally unwell, over-worked and under constant pressure to perform, a landmark study on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on worker mental health has found.
A comprehensive study on the impact of a COVID-19 lockdown in Europe shows that while working from home is associated with quality-of-life improvements in some groups, its benefits are not shared by everybody, and it is likely to have a negative impact on productivity.
Laws and strategies created to protect remote health workers from violence, prompted by the murder of South Australian remote-area nurse Gayle Woodford, could be strengthened, with a coronial inquest identifying several concerning omissions.
The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted to a major employer the importance of supporting workers' holistic wellbeing, which will inform its approach to health and safety in the years to come, according to its general manager of people and culture.