- provide sound and well considered advice to supervisors and staff to allow them to effectively implement HSW within their activities and operations;
- monitor that HSW activities are being effectively implemented especially in relation to inherently high or very high risk activities;
- investigate incidents or accidents in an unbiased, comprehensive manner to both inform of system failures and to ensure appropriate corrective actions; and
- support accurate and effective reporting that discloses rather than hides HSW issues to ensure that Officers (e.g. Senior Management such as the Executive Deans), have quality information on which to base their due diligence and meet their Legislative responsibilities under the WHS Act.
Each HSW officer/adviser should operate as part of a Faculty HSW Team, or directly with their line manager in Divisions, to:
- ensure a consistent approach;
- facilitate learning across the team;
- provide back up to cover absences or staff turnover.
Each HSW Team is managed by a senior manager whose role includes oversight of healthy, safety and wellbeing support services for the Faculty/Branch.
It is important to note that the HSW officers/advisers do not report to the Director HSW. You will take direction from your senior manager in relation to your day-to-day activities and in meeting your HSW responsibilities.Where a HSW officer/adviser is uncertain of a HSW process it is recommended that you:
- check the HSW Handbook, and then
- consult with your HSW team members or your senior manager (line manager).
Where the Faculty/Branch HSW team, including your senior manager are unable to determine a course of action or an answer to the question then they should consult with one of the two Senior HSW Advisors in the central HSW Team.