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Issue 366 - 28 February 2013

Dear Subscriber,

The NSCA is proud to announce that sponsorship opportunities are now available for the 21st National Safety Awards of Excellence. These awards are Australia’s longest running, independent Work Health and Safety (WHS) Awards program to celebrate best practice organisations and people who recognise WHS as a cornerstone of elite business performance.

Sponsoring an Awards Category gives your brand nation-wide exposure to leading Australian businesses and further showcases your commitment to safety. Download the NSCA Awards Sponsorship prospectus here or contact the Awards Department today on 02 9213 6211 or email

Industry News


Second worker jailed for fraud

A worker has been jailed for three months after accepting workers’ compensation payments from Victoria while working in Western Australia.

This is the second worker in Victoria to have been handed a jail sentence for workers’ compensation fraud since January. Read more »

Sleep funding boosted

Fatigue research has received a $14.5 million boost with the establishment of a new Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Alertness, Safety and Productivity.

The centre will develop and implement new shift scheduling, workplace design, alertness assessment devices, and programs and strategies to improve sleep and reduce fatigue, says CRC Australia in a media statement. Read more »

New mental health partnership announced

Workers in blue-collar jobs are the target of a new mental health partnership between the Australian Workers Union (AWU) and beyondblue.

“There has been a longstanding culture of workers in blue-collar industries hiding difficulties and trying to just tough it out,” AWU National Secretary Paul Howes said in a media statement. Read more »

Top safety job for Sherry

Cruise line CEO Ann Sherry AO has been appointed the Chair of Safe Work Australia.

Workplace Relations Minister Bill Shorten has appointed Sherry to the part-time position for three years. Read more »

Position, stress and participation

Policymakers should address low socioeconomic position and chronic stress at work when planning the workforce participation of older workers, says a recent study.

The study, published in the March issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, surveyed older workers from 11 European countries. Read more »

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Training News


WHS Harmonisation and Due Diligence

This course aims to provide participants with a basic understanding of the principles of compliance. Topics covered include: WHS Legislation, identification and assessment of incidents, WHS management practices, risk management, workplace inspections and WHS auditing. Read more »

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NSCA Announcements


Final week to register for the Adelaide Breakfast Forum

Final week to register for a unique opportunity to get expert advice from our panel on practical solutions for SA workers and businesses on the new Work Health & Safety laws. Read more »

Safety Alert for Plumbers & Excavators

Widely considered as one of most high-risk industries in Australia, the plumbing industry is launching a blitz on workplace and worker safety. In a collaborative effort with Master Plumbers Australia, Pro-Visual Publishing is pleased to announce the release of this year’s edition of the Plumbing Industry Guide to Safety.
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Is worker fatigue a risk for your business? Is it costing you money?

Protect against fatigue related injury. Read more »

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