Occupational Health and Safety

During 2007-08, the DMO focused on the following occupational health and safety initiatives:

Notification and reporting of incidents

Under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 1991 the DMO is required to provide annual statistics on any accidents or dangerous occurrences that arose out of the conduct of undertakings by the department or authority and that required the giving of notice under section 68 of the Act.

Table 4.11 Incident Reports 2005-2008
  2005-06 2006-07 2007-08
Required to report to Comcare
Deaths - 1 1
Serious Personal Injury[1] 20 16 8
Dangerous Occurrences[2] 31 46 30
Incapacity[3] 2 9 5
Total Reports to Comcare 53 72 44


  1. Serious Personal Injury is defined as an injury or disease in a person caused by a work-related incident for which the person needs to be given emergency treatment by a registered medical practitioner, treated in hospital as a casualty without being admitted to hospital.
  2. A dangerous occurrence is a near miss event that could have, but did not result in incapacity, serious personal injury or fatality.
  3. Incapacity in being unable to perform work for 30 or more consecutive days or shifts.

Investigations by Comcare

Table 4.12 provides details of Comcare investigations and notices issued in relation to health and safety matters from 2005-06 to 2007-08.

Table 4.12 DMO—Investigations by Comcare 2005 to 2008
  2005-06 2006-07 2007-08
Planned investigation - 1 -
Targeted investigations - - 1
Reactive investigations 2 - -
Whole of agency investigations - - -
Review of previous investigations - - 2
Total 2 1 3

Notices issued by Comcare investigators

Table 4.13 Comcare Notices Issued to DMO 2005 to 2008
  2005-06 2006-07 2007-08
Improvement notices - - -
Prohibition notices - - 2
"Do Not Disturb" notices[1] 1 - -
Letter of statutory obligation - - -
Removal or plant or sample - - -
Total 1 - 2


  1. Issued for a specific period of time to remove a threat to the health or safety of personnel.

Commonwealth Disability Strategy

The department's performance in implementing the Commonwealth Disability Strategy is discussed in Volume 1 of this report.

The DMO safety awards

In October 2007, Mr Len Brown received an Award for Best Solution to an Identified Workplace Health and Safety Issue. He was instrumental in improving safety through the redesign of existing outboard propeller protection and the introduction of modified training regimes. Mr George Bettiol also received an award for Best Individual Contribution to Health and Safety. He developed and refined a standard operating procedure and accompanying training package to improve land materiel safety management.