Frontline Staff Boost To Keep Queensland Workers Safe

Minister for State Development and Infrastructure, Minister for Industrial Relations and Minister for Racing The Honourable Grace Grace
  • Miles Government has delivered a $97 million boost to the Office of Industrial Relations (OIR) for frontline services that make workplaces safer
  • 140 new positions including in Workplace Health and Safety, the Workers’ Compensation Regulatory Service, the Electrical Safety Office, and the Work Health and Safety Prosecutor
  • Includes 40 new WHS inspectors and 9 new Electrical Safety inspectors

The 2024-25 Miles Government budget is backing Queensland workers by funding an additional 140 staff to help keep them safe.

Over the next five years, there is a $96.7 million boost to meet the health and safety compliance needs of Queensland’s rapidly growing economy.

This funding provides 40 new Work Health and Safety inspectors, along with new specialist advisors to provide support and advice on Queensland’s nation-leading psychosocial code of practice.

The Electrical Safety Office, which regulates electrical safety in all Queensland workplaces and households, will get an additional 9 inspectors along with other new staff.

When it comes to Workers’ Compensation, timeliness is vital both in terms of decisions and reviews. Medical Assessment Tribunals provide an independent medical assessment of injury and impairment for compensation claims, and extra staff will help this happen even more quickly. If a worker seeks a review of a workers’ compensation decision, the time frame for that review is incredibly important: providing additional review unit staff will ensure reviews are delivered in a timely fashion.

The independent Office Work Health and Safety Prosecutor is also getting extra staff, including two new prosecutors.

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