6 Month Review Of Worksafe Regulator Announced By Attorney-General

6 Month Review Of Worksafe Regulator Announced By Attorney-General

Northern Territory Attorney-General Natasha Fyles

Building Safer Workplaces As Northern Territory WorkSafe Review Announced

Victor P Taffa

Northern Territory Government is building safer work places with a 6 month review of the Territory regulator, NT Worksafe.

Attorney-General Natasha Fyles said Territorians deserve to be safe at work and supporting a strong regulator is important to delivering that.

“We have to ensure the regulator has the best possible operating model to protect Territory workers and support business.” Attorney-General Fyles said.

“This 6 month review of NT Worksafe will look at the policies, procedures and activities in place and consider how best practices can be implemented to support staff and stakeholders.”

Attorney-General Fyles said Consultant Tim Lyons has been commissioned to carry out the 6 month review.

“Mr. Lyons recently completed a similar review of the Queensland regulator and will now work closely with a Territory reference group made up of 3 business representatives, 3 union delegates and 2 government nominees.” Attorney-General Fyles said.

“We need a broad range of voices to make sure we get the balance right and put in place the strongest possible regulator for Territorians.”

Attorney-General Fyles said the Terms of Reference have been released with the review focusing on potential improvements to achieve best practice for a safety regulator into the future.

“Reference group will identify any legislative gaps and suggest remedies.” Attorney-General Fyles said.

“They will review the culture of NT Worksafe and identify any possible improvements to ensure we create the right balance between enforcement, prosecution, education and awareness.”

Review will start in May with a report due to government late this year.

Abbreviations:

NT                   Northern Territory