On 24 November, the NSW Government established a taskforce to investigate the gig economy, following the deaths of five food delivery riders in two months.
An engineering company and its director face further fines for health and safety failings over the collapse of a pit on a Mt Waverley construction site in 2015.
Australian healthcare workers are nearly three times more likely to contract coronavirus compared with other Australians, according to a study by the Kirby Institute.
As Victoria recovers from its second wave and more people return to work, employers are reminded to look after their workers in the approach to the busy Christmas period.
Standards Australia has published a standard for livestock loading/unloading ramps and forcing pens, prioritising farmer safety and livestock wellbeing.
Safe Work Australia has released a snapshot of COVID-19-related workers compensation claims up to 31 July 2020 that offers insight into areas such as mental health.
The NSW Government is trialling a real-time silica detector that monitors silica dust levels in the air, to protect NSW workers from contracting dust diseases.
A North Queensland company has been fined $150,000 for a 2017 incident in which a worker was crushed to death while trying to fix a cane haul-out vehicle.
23–29 November is National Asbestos Awareness Week 2020; two recent Queensland asbestos-related removal and licensing prosecutions highlight its importance.
Following the 2019–20 bushfires, the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements has published a 1000-page report with 80 recommendations.
To prepare for future workplace issues, the NSW Government has allocated $660,000 to four research projects exploring emerging risks to health and safety.
Workers in Queensland and South Australia are now eligible for the 'Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment', if they are self-isolating or caring for someone with COVID-19.
NSW has passed new laws to help track and prevent occupational dust diseases, while workplace exposure standards for respirable crystalline silica and coal dust have been halved in WA.
The Western Australia Government's Work Health and Safety Bill, which introduces industrial manslaughter as a crime, has passed through the Upper House.
Wine Producers Guide to Safety 2020/21 – Released