Despite being dated November 2016, the long-awaited report entitled ‘Independent Review of Occupational Health and Safety Compliance and Enforcement in Victoria’ (the review) was released on 18 December 2017, just in time for some light holiday reading. At the same time the Victorian government response to the review was also released (the government response).
The review was undertaken between February and November 2016 by Dr Claire Noone, Ms Cathy Butcher and Ms Margaret Donnan (the panel). The terms of reference included to examine, review and make recommendations about “…the relevance and appropriateness of WorkSafe’s Compliance and Enforcement Policy” and “…the appropriateness and effectiveness of Worksafe’s compliance and enforcement activities”.
In all, 22 recommendations were made by the panel (after having reviewed 112 submissions) and a number of them are summarised below.