The AEC is committed to promoting, maintaining and ensuring the health, safety and welfare at work of its employees. The AEC provides an annual report on its occupational health and safety (OHS) performance in accordance with s. 74 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 1991 (OHS Act).
In 2008–09, the AEC developed and implemented the following policies:
The OHS and Injury Management Plan 2008–10 was also implemented to guide and monitor the AEC's OHS performance.
The OHS and Injury Management Plan 2008–10 sets out the AEC's OHS objectives and responsibilities. The plan allows the AEC to track its performance in OHS and injury prevention and management across the organisation.
The AEC remains focused on timely and effective injury management, including early intervention strategies to return AEC employees to work, in accordance with Comcare legislation and AEC policies and guidelines. The AEC also continues to implement health promotion strategies to improve the health and wellbeing of staff.
In 2008–09, to ensure the health, safety and welfare of employees:
As a result of the AEC's ongoing commitment and 2008–09 initiatives:
|Annual premium ($)||714 102||1 009 573||1 001 648||360 260|
The AEC's actual and estimated Comcare premiums for four financial years are included in Table 40.
The Comcare premium for 2009–10 is estimated to be $360 260. This represents a decrease in the premium rate from 1.49 per cent of payroll in 2008–09 to 0.95 percent of payroll in 2009–10.
The Human Resources Strategy and Development Section manages compensation and non-compensable claims. An external provider performs rehabilitation and case management services for approximately 15-20 hours per week.
In 2008–09, the AEC managed 55 compensation claims, of which nine were new claims. This is a significant reduction in the number of claims managed in 2007–08, as shown in Table 41. Mental stress and body stressing claims resulted in the highest levels of lost time.
In 2008–09, the AEC managed 30 non-compensable cases, including fitness for continued duty assessments, invalidity retirement, and rehabilitation and counselling support. This number was significantly higher than in 2007–08, when 12 non-compensable cases were managed by the AEC.
As shown in Table 42, the number of incident reports in 2008–09 was considerably lower than in 2007–08.
There were no investigations under s. 41 of the OHS Act.
No notices or directions were issued pursuant to sections 29, 46 or 47 of the OHS Act.