Customer satisfaction survey and focus group results summary 2015-2016
Since 2009 SafeWork NSW (previously *WorkCover) has undertaken an annual survey to obtain feedback from a range of external stakeholders on their interactions with SafeWork NSW within the previous twelve month period.
The aim of the survey is to assess satisfaction levels with the SafeWork services used by customers. In addition to satisfaction measures, questions were also asked about the impact and outcomes from the interactions with SafeWork.
In 2015-16 focus groups were included to provide qualitative exploration of issues around customer satisfaction with SafeWork.
SafeWork NSW engaged Jetty Research in partnership with Strategic Economic Solutions to conduct the telephone survey and focus groups.
Survey respondent characteristics
2000 people participated in the survey, of those 25 per cent represented small business, 31 per cent related to the construction industry, 32 per cent were either a director, chief executive officer or business owner and 49 per cent of those surveyed were located in the Sydney metropolitan area.
All respondents were people who had interacted with SafeWork across seven different interaction types during the period of July 2015 to February 2016.
Of the interaction types, 36 per cent related to complaints, 33 per cent related to incidents, 14 per cent related to projects, seven per cent related to webinars, six per cent related to advisory visits, three per cent related to other interaction types and one per cent related to stakeholder consultation.
|96%||The SafeWork officer I spoke to treated me fairly during the interaction|
|93%||The SafeWork officer appeared competent|
|91%||The SafeWork officer I spoke to or heard from had an adequate level of knowledge to address my issue|
|89%||Overall I am satisfied that the services provided were appropriate and sufficient to meet my needs|
|87%||The interaction was valuable and worthwhile|
|87%||Overall I was satisfied with the process required to resolve the issue or question|
|83%||The SafeWork officer I spoke to understood the demands or pressures of my business|
|70%||I have made changes to my workplace as a result of the interaction|
Focus group results
Five focus groups were held in Wagga Wagga, Lismore, Parramatta, Gosford and Sydney Central Business District. A total of 55 people from different industry sectors attended the five focus groups. For the majority of participants their interaction was an Inspector visit as a result of an incident or complaint.
Some of the feedback received noted that:
SafeWork NSW officers are helpful and friendly, polite and reasonable - "SafeWork have worked hard to improve their image and work with industry and business.
Most participants welcomed SafeWork's assistance - "if you show you've made an effort they're really good", "we would like more friendly visits - advisory or educative, we want SafeWork's help".
All participants agreed, they want simple, plain English, industry specific information - "we want to speak to someone who has an indepth knowledge of our industry", "need more Inspectors who have an understanding of our industry and issues"
Digital technology - "we would like better communication, for example monthly newsletters, safety alerts, et cetera followed by site visits".
Most participants find it beneficial to establish and maintain a good relationship with their SafeWork NSW contacts in order to easily access information and advice from a trusted source, "we want a go to person".
A copy of the full report is available by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Since 1 September 2015, the functions of WorkCover have been assumed by three new organisations, SafeWork NSW, icare (Insurance & Care NSW) and State Insurance Regulatory Authority (SIRA). SafeWork NSW is now New South Wales’ workplace health and safety regulator.