NSW sector profile

NSW Government is a priority sector

The NSW Government sector is a priority sector of the Australian Work Health and Safety Strategy 2012-20221 due to the sector’s high rates of injury and illness. This NSW Government Work Health and Safety Sector Plan is also an integral part of the Work Health and Safety Roadmap for NSW 20222.

By implementing the NSW Government Work Health and Safety Sector Plan, the NSW Government intends to deliver on the Roadmap’s commitment to significantly reduce fatalities; serious injuries and illnesses; and serious musculoskeletal injuries and illnesses by 2022. Additionally, the NSW Government will lead as an example with respect to responding to mental health issues in the workplace.

This NSW Government Work Health and Safety Sector Plan (Sector Plan) has been developed through extensive consultation with key NSW Government stakeholders. The Sector Plan sets out key objectives and deliverables for the NSW Government sector for each one of the Roadmap’s three Action Areas.

These strategic objectives should be adopted by each Cluster and it will be up to each Cluster to then define its own Initiatives, to deliver on these objectives and collectively contribute to meeting the national targets.

NSW Government cluster structure

In NSW Government, agencies with shared or overlapping policy goals are grouped into ten clusters and each cluster is led by the following coordinating departments:

  • Department of Education
  • Department of Justice
  • Department of Family and Community Services
  • Department of Planning and Environment
  • Department of Finance, Services and Innovation
  • Department of Premier and Cabinet
  • Ministry of Health
  • Department of Transport
  • Department of Industry
  • The Treasury

One key target for NSW Government

30% reduction in serious injures and illnesses from 2015/16** to 2021/22 will see 4,548 less workers seriously injured or suffer serious illness by 2022.

** New baseline established based on average of 2013/14, 2014/15, 2015/16 serious incidence rates
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