Compliance Overview

Compliance Framework
Compliance Driver Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (NSW)
Classification Level 1
University-wide concern. Impacts on reputation and funding.
Associated Legislation
Associated Standards None
Associated Codes
Associated Information
Return to Top Administrative Information
Administrative Body SafeWork NSW
Administrative Name
Administrative Address Mailing Address
Locked Bag 2906
Lisarow NSW
Australia, 2252
Administrative Phone 13 10 50
Administrative Email contact@safework.nsw.gov.au
Administrative Website http://www.safework.nsw.gov.au/
Return to Top General Introduction
VC Compliance Delegate Peter Creamer, Chief Operating Officer
Compliance Coordinator Darren Stevenson, Work Health and Safety Manager
Business Units Impacted
  • Academic Quality Unit
  • Advancement, Communications, and Events Directorate
  • Animal Genetics and Breeding Unit
  • Audit and Risk Directorate
  • Australian Business Research Institute
  • Australian Sheep Industry CRC
  • Business Intelligence and Data Governance
  • Centre for Agriculture and Law
  • Centre for Applied Research in Social Science
  • Centre for Local Government
  • Collaborative Research Centres
  • Corporate Communications Unit
  • Corporate Planning and Analytics
  • CRC for Beef Genetic Technologies
  • English Language Centre
  • Facilities Management Service Directorate
  • Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education
  • Faculty of Medicine and Health
  • Faculty of Science, Agriculture, Business and Law
  • Financial Performance and Analytical Services
  • Heritage Centre
  • Heritage Futures Research Centre
  • Human Resource Services Directorate
  • Information Technology Directorate
  • Institute for Rural Futures
  • Learning and Teaching Transformation
  • Legal Office
  • Office of the Chief Financial Officer
  • Office of the Chief Legal and Governance Officer
  • Office of the Chief Operating Officer
  • Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)
  • Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic Innovation)
  • Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (External Relations)
  • Office of the Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor
  • Office of the Vice-Chancellor and CEO
  • Oorala Aboriginal Centre
  • Records Management Office
  • Records, Policy and Governance Unit
  • Research Centres and Institutes
  • Research Services
  • Rural Properties
  • School of Education
  • School of Environmental and Rural Science
  • School of Health
  • School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
  • School of Law
  • School of Psychology
  • School of Rural Medicine
  • School of Science and Technology
  • Strategic Procurement
  • Student Grievance Unit
  • Student Success
  • The National Centre of Science, Information and Communication Technology, and Mathematics Education
  • UNE Business School
  • UNE Council
  • UNE Foundation charitable trust
  • UNE Foundation Limited
  • UNE International
  • UNE Life
  • UNE Marketing
  • UNE Medical Centre
  • UNE Partnerships Pty Ltd
  • UNE Residential System
  • UNE Sydney
  • University Library
  • University Secretariat
  • Yarm Gwanga
Overview The objects of the work health safety laws are:
- to protect the health and safety of workers
- to improve safety outcomes in workplaces
- to reduce compliance costs for business, and
- to improve efficiency for regulator agencies.

As a 'person conducting a business or undertaking' (PCBU) the University must meet its obligations, so far as is reasonably practicable, to ensure the health and safety of workers (persons who perform work for a PCBU) and other people like visitors and volunteers. These obligations include:

1. safe systems of work
2. safe use of plant, structures and substances
3. adequate facilities for the welfare of workers
4. notification and recording of workplace incidents
5. adequate information, training, instruction and supervision
6. compliance with requirements under the Work Health and Safety Regulation
7. effective systems for monitoring the health of workers and workplace conditions
8. a safe work environment
9. maintain the premises used for accommodation for workers, if required

A PCBU has further obligations if involved in specific kinds of activities like:

1. the management and control of workplaces, or fixtures, fittings or plant at workplaces
2. the design, manufacture, import or supply of plant, substances or structures
3. installation, construction or commissioning of plant or structures.

PCBUs must also have meaningful and open consultation about work health and safety with workers, health and safety
representatives, and health and safety committees.

As a PCBU the University must also consult, cooperate and coordinate with other PCBUs if duties are shared.

Compliance Obligations

Return to Top Asbestos Management Plan
Description Under clause 429 of the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 the University must have a written up-to-date asbestos management plan, which is readily accessible to workers, health and safety representatives, businesses undertaking work at the University, as well as WorkCover NSW (see clauses 429(5)).
Impacts Fines:
- individuals up tp $6,000
- body corporate $30,000
Responsible Manager Darren Stevenson, Work Health and Safety Manager
Coordinating Officer Roland Helfer, Safety Advisor - Hazardous Substances
Coordinating Unit Human Resource Services Directorate
Oversight Committee/Group None
Business Units Impacted
  • Facilities Management Service Directorate
  • Human Resource Services Directorate
  • Office of the Chief Operating Officer
Obligation Framework
Associated Legislation
Associated Standard None
Associated Code
Associated Information None
Management Tools
Rule None
Policy None
Protocol None
Procedure None
Guideline None
Other Websites
 
Return to Top Asbestos Register
Description Under clause 425 of the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 the University must have an up-to-date asbestos register, which is readily accessible to workers, health and safety representatives, businesses undertaking work at the University, as well as SafeWork NSW (see clauses 427).

Under clause 426 the University "must ensure that the register is reviewed and as necessary revised if:
(a) the asbestos management plan is reviewed under clause 430, or
(b) further asbestos or ACM is identified at the workplace, or
(c) asbestos is removed from, or disturbed, sealed or enclosed at, the workplace."

It is mandatory that where work "involves a risk of exposure to airborne asbestos" the University must give a copy of the asbestos register to the person carrying out the work.
Impacts Fines:
- individuals up tp $3,600
- body corporate $18,000
Responsible Manager Darren Stevenson, Work Health and Safety Manager
Coordinating Officer Roland Helfer, Safety Advisor - Hazardous Substances
Coordinating Unit Human Resource Services Directorate
Oversight Committee/Group None
Business Units Impacted
  • Facilities Management Service Directorate
  • Human Resource Services Directorate
  • Office of the Chief Operating Officer
Obligation Framework
Associated Legislation
Associated Standard None
Associated Code None
Associated Information None
Management Tools
Rule None
Policy None
Protocol None
Procedure None
Guideline None
Other Websites
 
Return to Top Consultation
Description Under section 47 of the Act the University must, so far as is reasonable practicable, consult with its workers who carry out work for the University who are, or likely to be, directly affected by a matter relating to work health and safety. Consultation requires:
(a) that relevant information about the work health and safety matter is shared with workers, and
(b) that workers be given a reasonable opportunity:
(i) to express their views and to raise work health or safety issues in relation to the matter, and
(ii) to contribute to the decision-making process relating to the matter, and
(c) that the views of workers are taken into account by the University, and
(d) that the workers consulted are advised of the outcome of the consultation in a timely manner.
(2) If the workers are represented by a health and safety representative, the consultation must involve that representative.
49 When consultation is required

Consultation is required in relation to the following health and safety matters:
(a) when identifying hazards and assessing risks to health and safety arising from the work carried out or to be carried out by the University,
(b) when making decisions about ways to eliminate or minimise those risks,
(c) when making decisions about the adequacy of facilities for the welfare of workers,
(d) when proposing changes that may affect the health or safety of workers,
(e) when making decisions about the procedures for:
(i) consulting with workers, or
(ii) resolving work health or safety issues at the workplace, or
(iii) monitoring the health of workers, or
(iv) monitoring the conditions at any workplace under the management or control of the University, or
(v) providing information and training for workers, or


In addition, if more than one person has a duty in relation to work, health and safety under the Act, then each person must, so far as is reasonably practicable, consult, co-operate and co-ordinate activities with all other persons who have a duty in relation to the same matter.
Impacts Maximum penalty:
(a) $20,000 in the case of an individual, or
(b) $100,000 in the case of a body corporate.
Responsible Manager David Thorsen, Director Human Resource Services
Coordinating Officer Darren Stevenson, Work Health and Safety Manager
Coordinating Unit Human Resource Services Directorate
Oversight Committee/Group None
Business Units Impacted
  • Academic Quality Unit
  • Advancement, Communications, and Events Directorate
  • Animal Genetics and Breeding Unit
  • Audit and Risk Directorate
  • Australian Business Research Institute
  • Australian Sheep Industry CRC
  • Business Intelligence and Data Governance
  • Centre for Agriculture and Law
  • Centre for Applied Research in Social Science
  • Centre for Local Government
  • Collaborative Research Centres
  • Corporate Communications Unit
  • Corporate Planning and Analytics
  • CRC for Beef Genetic Technologies
  • English Language Centre
  • Facilities Management Service Directorate
  • Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education
  • Faculty of Medicine and Health
  • Faculty of Science, Agriculture, Business and Law
  • Financial Performance and Analytical Services
  • Heritage Centre
  • Heritage Futures Research Centre
  • Human Resource Services Directorate
  • Information Technology Directorate
  • Institute for Rural Futures
  • Learning and Teaching Transformation
  • Legal Office
  • Office of the Chief Financial Officer
  • Office of the Chief Legal and Governance Officer
  • Office of the Chief Operating Officer
  • Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)
  • Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic Innovation)
  • Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (External Relations)
  • Office of the Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor
  • Office of the Vice-Chancellor and CEO
  • Oorala Aboriginal Centre
  • Records Management Office
  • Records, Policy and Governance Unit
  • Research Centres and Institutes
  • Research Services
  • Rural Properties
  • School of Education
  • School of Environmental and Rural Science
  • School of Health
  • School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
  • School of Law
  • School of Psychology
  • School of Rural Medicine
  • School of Science and Technology
  • Strategic Procurement
  • Student Grievance Unit
  • Student Success
  • The National Centre of Science, Information and Communication Technology, and Mathematics Education
  • UNE Business School
  • UNE Council
  • UNE Foundation charitable trust
  • UNE Foundation Limited
  • UNE International
  • UNE Life
  • UNE Marketing
  • UNE Medical Centre
  • UNE Partnerships Pty Ltd
  • UNE Residential System
  • UNE Sydney
  • University Library
  • University Secretariat
  • Yarm Gwanga
Obligation Framework
Associated Legislation
Associated Standard None
Associated Code
Associated Information None
Management Tools
Rule WHS OP003 -Terms of Reference (Vice-Chancellor approved) - Work Health and Safety (WHS) Committee
WHS OP004 - Terms of Reference (Vice-Chancellor approved) - Work Health and Safety (WHS) Management Group
WHS OP019 Terms of Reference (Vice-Chancellor approved) - Organisational Resilience Planning Committee
Policy None
Protocol WHS P001 Work Health and Safety Management System (WHSMS) Protocol
WHS P003 Consultation Protocol
Procedure WHS OP002 - Terms of Reference - Work Health and Safety (WHS) Work Groups
Guideline None
Other Websites
 
Return to Top Duties of Employees/Workers
Description Under s28 of the Act all employees/workers must take reasonable care of their own health and safety and the health, safety and wellbeing of others that may be affected by their actions or omissions. Employees/workers must also comply with any reasonable instruction, policy and procedure. This includes:

1. eliminating or reporting all hazards and maintenance issues
2. following safe work procedures
3. not interfering with or removing or misusing anything provided to keep the work place safe (e.g. signs, guards)
4. preventing harrassment, discrimination and bullying.

It is the responsibility of workers to conduct a risk assessment and to manage or escalate any risks by implementing appropriate procedures and using the hierarchy of control (eliminate, isolate, separate, substitute, engineer and safe design, administration controls, and/or protective equipment).

Under section 14 of the Act, a duty cannot be transferred to another person, and under section 15 a person may have more than one duty by virtue of being in more than one class of duty holder.
Impacts Maximum penalties range from:
(a) $50,000 to $300,000 or 5 years imprisonment or both, in the case of an offence committed by an individual (other than as a person
conducting a business or undertaking or as an officer of a person conducting a business or undertaking), or
(b) $100,000 to $600,000 or 5 years imprisonment or both,in the case of an offence committed by an individual as a person conducting a
business or undertaking or as an officer of a person conducting a business or undertaking, or
(c) $500,000 to $3,000,000 in the case of an offence committed by a body corporate.
Responsible Manager David Thorsen, Director Human Resource Services
Coordinating Officer Darren Stevenson, Work Health and Safety Manager
Coordinating Unit Human Resource Services Directorate
Oversight Committee/Group None
Business Units Impacted
  • Academic Quality Unit
  • Advancement, Communications, and Events Directorate
  • Animal Genetics and Breeding Unit
  • Audit and Risk Directorate
  • Australian Business Research Institute
  • Australian Sheep Industry CRC
  • Business Intelligence and Data Governance
  • Centre for Agriculture and Law
  • Centre for Applied Research in Social Science
  • Centre for Local Government
  • Collaborative Research Centres
  • Corporate Communications Unit
  • Corporate Planning and Analytics
  • CRC for Beef Genetic Technologies
  • English Language Centre
  • Facilities Management Service Directorate
  • Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education
  • Faculty of Medicine and Health
  • Faculty of Science, Agriculture, Business and Law
  • Financial Performance and Analytical Services
  • Heritage Centre
  • Heritage Futures Research Centre
  • Human Resource Services Directorate
  • Information Technology Directorate
  • Institute for Rural Futures
  • Learning and Teaching Transformation
  • Legal Office
  • Office of the Chief Financial Officer
  • Office of the Chief Legal and Governance Officer
  • Office of the Chief Operating Officer
  • Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)
  • Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic Innovation)
  • Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (External Relations)
  • Office of the Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor
  • Office of the Vice-Chancellor and CEO
  • Oorala Aboriginal Centre
  • Records Management Office
  • Records, Policy and Governance Unit
  • Research Centres and Institutes
  • Research Services
  • Rural Properties
  • School of Education
  • School of Environmental and Rural Science
  • School of Health
  • School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
  • School of Law
  • School of Psychology
  • School of Rural Medicine
  • School of Science and Technology
  • Strategic Procurement
  • Student Grievance Unit
  • Student Success
  • The National Centre of Science, Information and Communication Technology, and Mathematics Education
  • UNE Business School
  • UNE Council
  • UNE Foundation charitable trust
  • UNE Foundation Limited
  • UNE International
  • UNE Life
  • UNE Marketing
  • UNE Medical Centre
  • UNE Partnerships Pty Ltd
  • UNE Residential System
  • UNE Sydney
  • University Library
  • University Secretariat
  • Yarm Gwanga
Obligation Framework
Associated Legislation
Associated Standard None
Associated Code
Associated Information None
Management Tools
Rule None
Policy Prevention of Harassment, Bullying and Discrimination Policy
Protocol None
Procedure Prevention of Harassment, Bullying and Discrimination Procedure
Guideline None
Other Websites
 
Return to Top Duties of Other Persons
Description Under s29 of the Act all students, visitors, delivery people, family and friends, etc, must ensure whilst they are in attendance at a place where UNE work is being carried:
1. take reasonable care for their own health and safety
2. take reasonable care for the health and safety of others
3. comply with reasonable instructions, policies and procedures given by UNE Representatives

It is the responsibility of workers to conduct a risk assessment and to manage or escalate any risks by implementing appropriate controls.
Impacts Maximum penalties range from:
(a) $50,000 to $300,000 or 5 years imprisonment or both, in the case of an offence committed by an individual (other than as a person
conducting a business or undertaking or as an officer of a person conducting a business or undertaking), or
(b) $100,000 to $600,000 or 5 years imprisonment or both,in the case of an offence committed by an individual as a person conducting a
business or undertaking or as an officer of a person conducting a business or undertaking, or
(c) $500,000 to $3,000,000 in the case of an offence committed by a body corporate.
Responsible Manager David Thorsen, Director Human Resource Services
Coordinating Officer Darren Stevenson, Work Health and Safety Manager
Coordinating Unit Human Resource Services Directorate
Oversight Committee/Group None
Business Units Impacted
  • Academic Quality Unit
  • Advancement, Communications, and Events Directorate
  • Animal Genetics and Breeding Unit
  • Audit and Risk Directorate
  • Australian Business Research Institute
  • Australian Sheep Industry CRC
  • Business Intelligence and Data Governance
  • Centre for Agriculture and Law
  • Centre for Applied Research in Social Science
  • Centre for Local Government
  • Collaborative Research Centres
  • Corporate Communications Unit
  • Corporate Planning and Analytics
  • CRC for Beef Genetic Technologies
  • English Language Centre
  • Facilities Management Service Directorate
  • Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education
  • Faculty of Medicine and Health
  • Faculty of Science, Agriculture, Business and Law
  • Financial Performance and Analytical Services
  • Heritage Centre
  • Heritage Futures Research Centre
  • Human Resource Services Directorate
  • Information Technology Directorate
  • Institute for Rural Futures
  • Learning and Teaching Transformation
  • Legal Office
  • Office of the Chief Financial Officer
  • Office of the Chief Legal and Governance Officer
  • Office of the Chief Operating Officer
  • Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)
  • Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic Innovation)
  • Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (External Relations)
  • Office of the Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor
  • Office of the Vice-Chancellor and CEO
  • Oorala Aboriginal Centre
  • Records Management Office
  • Records, Policy and Governance Unit
  • Research Centres and Institutes
  • Research Services
  • Rural Properties
  • School of Education
  • School of Environmental and Rural Science
  • School of Health
  • School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
  • School of Law
  • School of Psychology
  • School of Rural Medicine
  • School of Science and Technology
  • Strategic Procurement
  • Student Grievance Unit
  • Student Success
  • The National Centre of Science, Information and Communication Technology, and Mathematics Education
  • UNE Business School
  • UNE Council
  • UNE Foundation charitable trust
  • UNE Foundation Limited
  • UNE International
  • UNE Life
  • UNE Marketing
  • UNE Medical Centre
  • UNE Partnerships Pty Ltd
  • UNE Residential System
  • UNE Sydney
  • University Library
  • University Secretariat
  • Yarm Gwanga
Obligation Framework
Associated Legislation
Associated Standard None
Associated Code
Associated Information None
Management Tools
Rule None
Policy None
Protocol None
Procedure None
Guideline None
Other Websites
 
Return to Top Duties of the University
Description The University is a 'person conducting a business or undertaking' (PCBU) - the legal term under WHS laws for individuals, businesses or organisations that are conducting business. Under s19, as a PCBU the University must meet its obligations, so far as is reasonably practicable, to ensure the health and safety of workers and other people (e.g. visitors and volunteers).

These obligations include:
1. safe systems of work
2. safe use of plant, structures and substances
3. adequate facilities for the welfare of workers
4. notification and recording of workplace incidents
5. adequate information, training, instruction and supervision
6. compliance with requirements under the Work Health and Safety Regulation
7. effective systems for monitoring the health of workers and workplace conditions
8. a safe work environment
Impacts Maximum penalties range from:
(a) $50,000 to $300,000 or 5 years imprisonment or both, in the case of an offence committed by an individual (other than as a person
conducting a business or undertaking or as an officer of a person conducting a business or undertaking), or
(b) $100,000 to $600,000 or 5 years imprisonment or both,in the case of an offence committed by an individual as a person conducting a
business or undertaking or as an officer of a person conducting a business or undertaking, or
(c) $500,000 to $3,000,000 in the case of an offence committed by a body corporate.
Responsible Manager Peter Creamer, Chief Operating Officer
Coordinating Officer Darren Stevenson, Work Health and Safety Manager
Coordinating Unit Human Resource Services Directorate
Oversight Committee/Group None
Business Units Impacted
  • Academic Quality Unit
  • Advancement, Communications, and Events Directorate
  • Animal Genetics and Breeding Unit
  • Audit and Risk Directorate
  • Australian Business Research Institute
  • Australian Sheep Industry CRC
  • Business Intelligence and Data Governance
  • Centre for Agriculture and Law
  • Centre for Applied Research in Social Science
  • Centre for Local Government
  • Collaborative Research Centres
  • Corporate Communications Unit
  • Corporate Planning and Analytics
  • CRC for Beef Genetic Technologies
  • English Language Centre
  • Facilities Management Service Directorate
  • Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education
  • Faculty of Medicine and Health
  • Faculty of Science, Agriculture, Business and Law
  • Financial Performance and Analytical Services
  • Heritage Centre
  • Heritage Futures Research Centre
  • Human Resource Services Directorate
  • Information Technology Directorate
  • Institute for Rural Futures
  • Learning and Teaching Transformation
  • Legal Office
  • Office of the Chief Financial Officer
  • Office of the Chief Legal and Governance Officer
  • Office of the Chief Operating Officer
  • Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)
  • Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic Innovation)
  • Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (External Relations)
  • Office of the Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor
  • Office of the Vice-Chancellor and CEO
  • Oorala Aboriginal Centre
  • Records Management Office
  • Records, Policy and Governance Unit
  • Research Centres and Institutes
  • Research Services
  • Rural Properties
  • School of Education
  • School of Environmental and Rural Science
  • School of Health
  • School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
  • School of Law
  • School of Psychology
  • School of Rural Medicine
  • School of Science and Technology
  • Strategic Procurement
  • Student Grievance Unit
  • Student Success
  • The National Centre of Science, Information and Communication Technology, and Mathematics Education
  • UNE Business School
  • UNE Council
  • UNE Foundation charitable trust
  • UNE Foundation Limited
  • UNE International
  • UNE Life
  • UNE Marketing
  • UNE Medical Centre
  • UNE Partnerships Pty Ltd
  • UNE Residential System
  • UNE Sydney
  • University Library
  • University Secretariat
  • Yarm Gwanga
Obligation Framework
Associated Legislation
Associated Standard None
Associated Code
Associated Information None
Management Tools
Rule None
Policy None
Protocol None
Procedure None
Guideline None
Other Websites
 
Return to Top Duty of Officers - Due Diligence
Description Under s252 of the Act an 'Officer of public authority' (the University is a public authority) is a "person who makes, or participates in making, decisions that affect the whole, or a substantial part, of the business or undertaking of a public authority". At UNE an 'officer' includes, but is not limited to:
1. Members of the University Council;
2. Members of the Senior Executive;
3. Head's of Schools; and
4. Director's of business units.

Under s27 it is a duty of 'officers' to "exercise due diligence to ensure that the person conducting the business or undertaking complies with" duties and obligations under the Act.

Due diligence "includes taking reasonable steps:
(a) to acquire and keep up-to-date knowledge of work health and safety matters, and
(b) to gain an understanding of the nature of the operations of the business or undertaking of the person conducting the business or undertaking and generally of the hazards and risks associated with those operations, and
(c) to ensure that the person conducting the business or undertaking has available for use, and uses, appropriate resources and processes to eliminate or minimise risks to health and safety from work carried out as part of the conduct of the business or undertaking, and
(d) to ensure that the person conducting the business or undertaking has appropriate processes for receiving and considering information regarding incidents, hazards and risks and responding in a timely way to that information, and
(e) to ensure that the person conducting the business or undertaking has, and implements, processes for complying with any duty or obligation of the person conducting the business or undertaking under this Act, and
For the purposes of paragraph (e), the duties or obligations under this Act of a person conducting a business or undertaking may include:
• reporting notifiable incidents,
• consulting with workers,
• ensuring compliance with notices issued under this Act,
• ensuring that health and safety representatives receive their entitlements to training.
(f) to verify the provision and use of the resources and processes referred to in paragraphs (c)"(e)."

Under section 14 of the Act, a duty cannot be transferred to another person, and under section 15 a person may have more than one duty by virtue of being in more than one class of duty holder.
Impacts Maximum penalties range from:
(a) $50,000 to $300,000 or 5 years imprisonment or both, in the case of an offence committed by an individual (other than as a person
conducting a business or undertaking or as an officer of a person conducting a business or undertaking), or
(b) $100,000 to $600,000 or 5 years imprisonment or both,in the case of an offence committed by an individual as a person conducting a
business or undertaking or as an officer of a person conducting a business or undertaking, or
(c) $500,000 to $3,000,000 in the case of an offence committed by a body corporate.
Responsible Manager David Thorsen, Director Human Resource Services
Coordinating Officer Darren Stevenson, Work Health and Safety Manager
Coordinating Unit Human Resource Services Directorate
Oversight Committee/Group None
Business Units Impacted
  • Academic Quality Unit
  • Advancement, Communications, and Events Directorate
  • Animal Genetics and Breeding Unit
  • Audit and Risk Directorate
  • Australian Business Research Institute
  • Australian Sheep Industry CRC
  • Business Intelligence and Data Governance
  • Centre for Agriculture and Law
  • Centre for Applied Research in Social Science
  • Centre for Local Government
  • Collaborative Research Centres
  • Corporate Communications Unit
  • Corporate Planning and Analytics
  • CRC for Beef Genetic Technologies
  • English Language Centre
  • Facilities Management Service Directorate
  • Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education
  • Faculty of Medicine and Health
  • Faculty of Science, Agriculture, Business and Law
  • Financial Performance and Analytical Services
  • Heritage Centre
  • Heritage Futures Research Centre
  • Human Resource Services Directorate
  • Information Technology Directorate
  • Institute for Rural Futures
  • Learning and Teaching Transformation
  • Legal Office
  • Office of the Chief Financial Officer
  • Office of the Chief Legal and Governance Officer
  • Office of the Chief Operating Officer
  • Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)
  • Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic Innovation)
  • Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (External Relations)
  • Office of the Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor
  • Office of the Vice-Chancellor and CEO
  • Oorala Aboriginal Centre
  • Records Management Office
  • Records, Policy and Governance Unit
  • Research Centres and Institutes
  • Research Services
  • Rural Properties
  • School of Education
  • School of Environmental and Rural Science
  • School of Health
  • School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
  • School of Law
  • School of Psychology
  • School of Rural Medicine
  • School of Science and Technology
  • Strategic Procurement
  • Student Grievance Unit
  • Student Success
  • The National Centre of Science, Information and Communication Technology, and Mathematics Education
  • UNE Business School
  • UNE Council
  • UNE Foundation charitable trust
  • UNE Foundation Limited
  • UNE International
  • UNE Life
  • UNE Marketing
  • UNE Medical Centre
  • UNE Partnerships Pty Ltd
  • UNE Residential System
  • UNE Sydney
  • University Library
  • University Secretariat
  • Yarm Gwanga
Obligation Framework
Associated Legislation
Associated Standard None
Associated Code
Associated Information None
Management Tools
Rule None
Policy None
Protocol None
Procedure None
Guideline None
Other Websites
 
Return to Top Hazardous Chemicals Register
Description Under clause 346 of the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 the University must have an up-to-date hazardous chemicals register, which is readily accessible to workers.
Impacts Fines:
- individuals up tp $6000
- body corporate $30,000
Responsible Manager Darren Stevenson, Work Health and Safety Manager
Coordinating Officer Roland Helfer, Safety Advisor - Hazardous Substances
Coordinating Unit Human Resource Services Directorate
Oversight Committee/Group None
Business Units Impacted
  • Facilities Management Service Directorate
  • Human Resource Services Directorate
  • Office of the Chief Operating Officer
Obligation Framework
Associated Legislation
Associated Standard None
Associated Code
Associated Information None
Management Tools
Rule None
Policy None
Protocol None
Procedure None
Guideline None
Other Websites
 
Return to Top Health and Safety Committee
Description Under section 75 the University must establish a health and safety committee for the business or undertaking or part of the business or undertaking:
(a) within 2 months after being requested to do so by:
(i) a health and safety representative for a work group of workers carrying out work at that workplace, or
(ii) 5 or more workers at that workplace, or
(b) if required by the regulations to do so, within the time prescribed by the
Impacts Maximum penalty of $25,000
Responsible Manager David Thorsen, Director Human Resource Services
Coordinating Officer Darren Stevenson, Work Health and Safety Manager
Coordinating Unit Human Resource Services Directorate
Oversight Committee/Group None
Business Units Impacted
  • Academic Quality Unit
  • Advancement, Communications, and Events Directorate
  • Animal Genetics and Breeding Unit
  • Audit and Risk Directorate
  • Australian Business Research Institute
  • Australian Sheep Industry CRC
  • Business Intelligence and Data Governance
  • Centre for Agriculture and Law
  • Centre for Applied Research in Social Science
  • Centre for Local Government
  • Collaborative Research Centres
  • Corporate Communications Unit
  • Corporate Planning and Analytics
  • CRC for Beef Genetic Technologies
  • English Language Centre
  • Facilities Management Service Directorate
  • Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education
  • Faculty of Medicine and Health
  • Faculty of Science, Agriculture, Business and Law
  • Financial Performance and Analytical Services
  • Heritage Centre
  • Heritage Futures Research Centre
  • Human Resource Services Directorate
  • Information Technology Directorate
  • Institute for Rural Futures
  • Learning and Teaching Transformation
  • Legal Office
  • Office of the Chief Financial Officer
  • Office of the Chief Legal and Governance Officer
  • Office of the Chief Operating Officer
  • Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)
  • Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic Innovation)
  • Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (External Relations)
  • Office of the Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor
  • Office of the Vice-Chancellor and CEO
  • Oorala Aboriginal Centre
  • Records Management Office
  • Records, Policy and Governance Unit
  • Research Centres and Institutes
  • Research Services
  • Rural Properties
  • School of Education
  • School of Environmental and Rural Science
  • School of Health
  • School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
  • School of Law
  • School of Psychology
  • School of Rural Medicine
  • School of Science and Technology
  • Strategic Procurement
  • Student Grievance Unit
  • Student Success
  • The National Centre of Science, Information and Communication Technology, and Mathematics Education
  • UNE Business School
  • UNE Council
  • UNE Foundation charitable trust
  • UNE Foundation Limited
  • UNE International
  • UNE Life
  • UNE Marketing
  • UNE Medical Centre
  • UNE Partnerships Pty Ltd
  • UNE Residential System
  • UNE Sydney
  • University Library
  • University Secretariat
  • Yarm Gwanga
Obligation Framework
Associated Legislation
Associated Standard None
Associated Code None
Associated Information None
Management Tools
Rule None
Policy None
Protocol None
Procedure None
Guideline None
Other Websites
 
Return to Top Health and Safety Representatives - PCBU Obligations
Description Under s70 the University should provide support for the Health and Safety Representatives (HSR) and must:

1. allow the HSR adequate time at normal pay to carry out their role
2. consult and confer with the HSR on work health and safety issues (eg when proposing measures to eliminate or minimise risks)
3. allow the HSR access to information about hazards and risks at the workplace as well as information relating to the health and safety of workers at the workplace (excluding workers' personal or medical information without the workers' consent)
4. allow the HSR to be present at an interview relating to work health and safety issues if a worker consents
5. provide the resources, facilities and assistance that are reasonably necessary for them to perform their functions
6. allow any person assisting the HSR, access to the workplace as necessary
7. permit the HSR to accompany an inspector on an inspection
8. grant five days initial training for the HSR, if requested, with a training provider approved by SafeWork NSW and, grant a one day annual refresher training if requested (s72).


In addition, under s74 the University:
1. must notify SafeWork NSW of ourHSRs and any deputy HSRs, and
2. print a list of our current HSRs and deputy HSRs and their related work groups for display at our principal place of business and any other workplaces related to the work groups.
Impacts Maximum penalties:
(a) $10,000 in the case of an individual, or
(b)$50,000 in the case of a body corporate.
Responsible Manager David Thorsen, Director Human Resource Services
Coordinating Officer Darren Stevenson, Work Health and Safety Manager
Coordinating Unit Human Resource Services Directorate
Oversight Committee/Group None
Business Units Impacted
  • Academic Quality Unit
  • Advancement, Communications, and Events Directorate
  • Animal Genetics and Breeding Unit
  • Audit and Risk Directorate
  • Australian Business Research Institute
  • Australian Sheep Industry CRC
  • Business Intelligence and Data Governance
  • Centre for Agriculture and Law
  • Centre for Applied Research in Social Science
  • Centre for Local Government
  • Collaborative Research Centres
  • Corporate Communications Unit
  • Corporate Planning and Analytics
  • CRC for Beef Genetic Technologies
  • English Language Centre
  • Facilities Management Service Directorate
  • Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education
  • Faculty of Medicine and Health
  • Faculty of Science, Agriculture, Business and Law
  • Financial Performance and Analytical Services
  • Heritage Centre
  • Heritage Futures Research Centre
  • Human Resource Services Directorate
  • Information Technology Directorate
  • Institute for Rural Futures
  • Learning and Teaching Transformation
  • Legal Office
  • Office of the Chief Financial Officer
  • Office of the Chief Legal and Governance Officer
  • Office of the Chief Operating Officer
  • Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)
  • Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic Innovation)
  • Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (External Relations)
  • Office of the Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor
  • Office of the Vice-Chancellor and CEO
  • Oorala Aboriginal Centre
  • Records Management Office
  • Records, Policy and Governance Unit
  • Research Centres and Institutes
  • Research Services
  • Rural Properties
  • School of Education
  • School of Environmental and Rural Science
  • School of Health
  • School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
  • School of Law
  • School of Psychology
  • School of Rural Medicine
  • School of Science and Technology
  • Strategic Procurement
  • Student Grievance Unit
  • Student Success
  • The National Centre of Science, Information and Communication Technology, and Mathematics Education
  • UNE Business School
  • UNE Council
  • UNE Foundation charitable trust
  • UNE Foundation Limited
  • UNE International
  • UNE Life
  • UNE Marketing
  • UNE Medical Centre
  • UNE Partnerships Pty Ltd
  • UNE Residential System
  • UNE Sydney
  • University Library
  • University Secretariat
  • Yarm Gwanga
Obligation Framework
Associated Legislation
Associated Standard None
Associated Code None
Associated Information None
Management Tools
Rule None
Policy None
Protocol WHS P003 Consultation Protocol
Procedure None
Guideline None
Other Websites
 
Return to Top Incident Notification
Description Under Part 3 of the Act, a notifiable incident means:
(a) the death of a person, or
(b) a serious injury or illess of a person, or
(c) a dangerous incident.

The University must ensure that the regulator (SafeWork NSW) is notified immediately (by the fastest possible means) after becoming aware that a notifiable incident arising out of the conduct of the University has occurred. Where notice is given by telephone, then a written notice must also be given within 48 hours.

In addition, the University must keep a record of each notifiable incident for at least 5 years from the day that notice of the incident is given to the regulator.

SERIOUS INJURY includes an injury or illness requiring the person to have:
(a) immediate treatment as an in-patient in a hospital, or
(b) immediate treatment for:
(i) the amputation of any part of his or her body, or
(ii) a serious head injury, or
(iii) a serious eye injury, or
(iv) a serious burn, or
(v) the separation of his or her skin from an underlying tissue (such as degloving or scalping), or
(vi) a spinal injury, or
(vii) the loss of a bodily function, or
(viii) serious lacerations, or
(c) medical treatment within 48 hours of exposure to a substance.

DANGEROUS INCIDENT includes an incident in relation to a workplace that exposes a worker or any other person to a serious risk to a person’s health or safety emanating from an immediate or imminent exposure to:
(a) an uncontrolled escape, spillage or leakage of a substance, or
(b) an uncontrolled implosion, explosion or fire, or
(c) an uncontrolled escape of gas or steam, or
(d) an uncontrolled escape of a pressurised substance, or
(e) electric shock, or
(f) the fall or release from a height of any plant, substance or thing, or
(g) the collapse, overturning, failure or malfunction of, or damage to, any plant that is required to be authorised for use in accordance with the regulations, or
(h) the collapse or partial collapse of a structure, or
(i) the collapse or failure of an excavation or of any shoring supporting an excavation, or
(j) the inrush of water, mud or gas in workings, in an underground excavation or tunnel, or
(k) the interruption of the main system of ventilation in an underground excavation or tunnel.
Impacts Maximum penalties range from:
(a) $5,000 to $10,000 in the case of an individual, or
(b) $25,000 to $50,000 in the case of a body corporate.
Responsible Manager David Thorsen, Director Human Resource Services
Coordinating Officer Darren Stevenson, Work Health and Safety Manager
Coordinating Unit Human Resource Services Directorate
Oversight Committee/Group None
Business Units Impacted
  • Academic Quality Unit
  • Advancement, Communications, and Events Directorate
  • Animal Genetics and Breeding Unit
  • Audit and Risk Directorate
  • Australian Business Research Institute
  • Australian Sheep Industry CRC
  • Business Intelligence and Data Governance
  • Centre for Agriculture and Law
  • Centre for Applied Research in Social Science
  • Centre for Local Government
  • Collaborative Research Centres
  • Corporate Communications Unit
  • Corporate Planning and Analytics
  • CRC for Beef Genetic Technologies
  • English Language Centre
  • Facilities Management Service Directorate
  • Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education
  • Faculty of Medicine and Health
  • Faculty of Science, Agriculture, Business and Law
  • Financial Performance and Analytical Services
  • Heritage Centre
  • Heritage Futures Research Centre
  • Human Resource Services Directorate
  • Information Technology Directorate
  • Institute for Rural Futures
  • Learning and Teaching Transformation
  • Legal Office
  • Office of the Chief Financial Officer
  • Office of the Chief Legal and Governance Officer
  • Office of the Chief Operating Officer
  • Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)
  • Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic Innovation)
  • Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (External Relations)
  • Office of the Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor
  • Office of the Vice-Chancellor and CEO
  • Oorala Aboriginal Centre
  • Records Management Office
  • Records, Policy and Governance Unit
  • Research Centres and Institutes
  • Research Services
  • Rural Properties
  • School of Education
  • School of Environmental and Rural Science
  • School of Health
  • School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
  • School of Law
  • School of Psychology
  • School of Rural Medicine
  • School of Science and Technology
  • Strategic Procurement
  • Student Grievance Unit
  • Student Success
  • The National Centre of Science, Information and Communication Technology, and Mathematics Education
  • UNE Business School
  • UNE Council
  • UNE Foundation charitable trust
  • UNE Foundation Limited
  • UNE International
  • UNE Life
  • UNE Marketing
  • UNE Medical Centre
  • UNE Partnerships Pty Ltd
  • UNE Residential System
  • UNE Sydney
  • University Library
  • University Secretariat
  • Yarm Gwanga
Obligation Framework
Associated Legislation
Associated Standard None
Associated Code
Associated Information
Management Tools
Rule Records Management Rule
Work Health and Safety (WHS) Rule
Policy None
Protocol None
Procedure None
Guideline None
Other Websites