Peter Gutwein

Premier of Tasmania

17 March 2021

Elise Archer, Minister for Building and Construction

Ensuring safe workplaces for all Tasmanians

The Tasmanian Government is committed to ensuring that workplaces are safe and that workers return home to their family and friends safe and well at the end of each day.

Today, Shane Broad once again demonstrated his lack of understanding as to the role of Worksafe Tasmania, which operates independently of Government.

The role of the independent Regulator, as specified under the Work Health and Safety Act 2012, is clear.

Dr Broad clearly doesn’t understand that Tasmania’s independent Work Health and Safety Regulator undertakes compliance monitoring, incident response and education activities, and investigation and enforcement, to ensure safe workplaces throughout Tasmania.

Notifiable incidents and complaints received under the Work Health and Safety Act 2012 are inspected by WorkSafe Tasmania where there is a potential serious breach or an imminent or immediate risk to the health and safety of persons within the workplace. Investigations are commenced where there may be serious beaches of the Act. As Minister, I have no role in that process.

I would encourage Dr Broad to do his research and get his facts right before embarrassing himself further in the future.

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