Our service charter

This service charter is WorkSafe Tasmania’s commitment to the service response a client can expect when notifying us of incidents, lodging a complaint, or seeking a response to a work health and safety issue (otherwise referred to here as an intervention request).

The charter covers:

  • our role and principles for responding to intervention requests
  • the level of service that a client can expect to receive
  • what WorkSafe Tasmania expects of a client during advice of an event.

Our role and principles for responding to intervention requests

WorkSafe Tasmania is committed to the prevention of death, injury, illness and disease arising from work activities in all Tasmanian workplaces.

Work health and safety laws provide us with a range of functions such as:

  • monitoring and securing compliance
  • providing advice and information to duty holders and the community
  • fostering co-operative, consultative relationships between duty holders, the persons to whom they owe duties and their representatives
  • sharing information with other regulators
  • conducting and defending proceedings under the laws we administer.

The National Work Health and Safety Compliance and Enforcement Policy sets out the principles that are to be applied to all compliance and enforcement actions.

WorkSafe Tasmania has an established approach for triaging incident notifications and requests for a responding to work health and safety issues that apply the principles in the following way:

  • consistency – provide sufficient detail to enable similar approaches to be taken in similar circumstances
  • constructiveness – build capability of complainants and duty holders to address issues in the workplace before they are escalated to the regulator
  • transparency – public accessibility to the factors used to determine the triaging responses
  • accountability – triaging decision-making criteria available in the event of a challenge to the Regulator on triaging actions taken
  • proportionality – criteria is balanced to ensure the triaging response is proportionate to the potential seriousness of the alleged conduct
  • responsiveness – triaging responses take account of the known circumstances of the duty holder or workplace
  • targeted – a triaging response, in terms of the investment of resources, is focussed on the areas perceived highest risk or on published strategic enforcement priorities

What to expect from us

Clients of WorkSafe Tasmania can expect the following in response to their enquiry:

  • professional, quality and timely delivery of WorkSafe Tasmania’s services
  • staff who identify themselves and give courteous and respectful consideration of views
  • timely, understandable and accurate advice and information
  • information about client’s rights, obligations and entitlements
  • respect for the client’s privacy and appropriate treatment of their confidential information
  • explanation of how decisions have been made and information about their rights to have decisions reviewed, where relevant
  • advice about other relevant agencies that can assist where WorkSafe Tasmania does not provide the services requested or the issues do not fall within our jurisdiction.

WorkSafe Tasmania provides feedback to clients on actions taken in response to incidents. This feedback will be provided where the client has specifically requested it. The extent of feedback provided will depend on the relationship of the client with the incident. Feedback may be provided during an inspector’s response to an incident or by staff of our contact centre. All feedback will be provided in a professional and fair manner.

Information on inspection work is available on our page about Inspectors.

What we expect from you

WorkSafe Tasmania seeks the support and co-operation of its clients in achieving our service standards, where it is expected that clients will:

  • provide timely, complete and accurate information
  • treat WorkSafe Tasmania staff with courtesy and respect
  • be honest and fair in their dealings with WorkSafe Tasmania
  • have taken constructive steps, where reasonably practicable, to have work health and safety issues resolved at the workplace before raising them with WorkSafe Tasmania
  • accept that WorkSafe Tasmania may not be able to progress a request to respond to a work health and safety issue if insufficient information has been provided and the regulator is unable to obtain sufficient information to progress the request. This can occur when a person submits a request anonymously and WorkSafe Tasmania does not receive enough information in relation to the request and is unable to contact the person for further information
  • accept that WorkSafe Tasmania will respect a client’s request for their identity not to be disclosed but that identity may be apparent to the parties of the workplace due to the nature of the enquiries that must be made by WorkSafe Tasmania to respond
  • advise WorkSafe Tasmania if you are seeking feedback on any actions taken
  • provide appropriate feedback on WorkSafe Tasmania’s service delivery.