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Home Features Comcare responds to attacks: ‘we investigated, took action, saw results’
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DEPARTMENTSComcare, Department of Immigration and Border Protection
TAGS USD, Comcare, Disaster/Accident, safety, Risk, Occupational safety and health, work health and safety, Labor, Health and Safety Executive, Australian Lawyers' Alliance, JOHN HOLLAND PTY LTD
The Commonwealth work health and safety regulator has strongly defended itself against the latest attacks on its ability to uphold high standards of workplace safety — especially in complex, higher-risk work environments.
Comcare has hit back at a lawyers’ group which questioned whether it has the regulatory capability to maintain safe working environments in big, high-risk workplaces, as the government expands the agency’s private sector business.
Most, if not all, regulatory agencies endure the dreaded “toothless tiger” tag from time to time, and the agency that enforces health and safety in federal entities isn’t taking it lying down this time. A spokesperson for the agency sent The Mandarin a long rebuttal of the claims that asserted:
“Comcare always takes strong enforcement action — including prosecutions — against employers and workers where the facts warrant it.”
Prevention, through education and proactive inspections, was an approach that was showing results better or on par with all other jurisdictions, it said.
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Stephen Easton is a journalist at The Mandarin based in Canberra. He's previously reported for Canberra CityNews and worked on industry titles for The Intermedia Group.
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