10.4 Workplace health and safety

Australian law requires employers, including foreign missions and consulates, to provide a safe working environment for staff. This involves identifying health and safety risks and taking appropriate risk management steps. Safe Work Australia and workplace health and safety authorities in each state and territory are responsible for enforcing workplace health and safety laws and can provide more information.

Compensation for staff who are injured or become ill at work is the responsibility of the employer. Employers are generally required to hold approved workers compensation insurance policies for employees. LES can take legal action in respect of work-related injury or illness. Missions and consular posts are encouraged to maintain appropriate workers’ compensation insurance cover in respect of LES.

Last Updated: 8 November 2017