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Consultation, Communication & Collaboration

Every Australian Defence Force (ADF) member, Australian Public Service (APS) worker, contractor, volunteer, cadet, reservist and visitor engaged in Defence business is captured and included in our Work Health and Safety Management System (WHSMS).

Consultation, communication and collaboration form a fundamental part of every element of the WHSMS; as well as each strategic objective within the health and safety strategy.

We must foster networks to achieve efficient, effective and safe delivery of outcomes.

Image representing collaboration & communication between the ADO and industry partners

Defence's WHS Vision can be achieved in three steps:

Plan

Consider the implications of all business activities, processes, platforms and products. Take into account the end user and maintainers of your product, be they physical plant or processes.

Objective 1 - Upstream Safety

Defence ensures hazards are identified, eliminated or managed at the design, planning and procurement stages and provide a methodology for the safe handover and takeover of any service or product provided within the Defence framework through to disposal.

Objective 2 - Safety Culture

Defence drives a positive WHS culture—encompassing committed leaders, managers and dedicated safety professionals supported by a total workforce appropriately trained, skilled and motivated—to identify and manage hazards and manage risks.

Prevent

Take action to prevent hazards from occurring in the workplace, including reviewing and assessing current practices to achieve the most efficient and safe outcome.

Objective 3 - Safety System Monitoring and Improvement

Defence minimises the frequency and severity of risks to all workers as defined in the WHS Act through the implementation and systematic review of a Defence-wide WHSMS.

Objective 4: Preventative Measures

Defence maximises the prevention of injury, illness and disease by identifying threats to the workforce by process, procedure or materiel.

Provide

Provide guidance to all people affected by your activities, support for those who may be injured, and ensure that lessons learnt are fed back into the planning phase.

These three simple steps can be performed at all levels of the organisation. Each step has two core objectives to focus resources on achieving our safety vision.

Objective 5: Guidance and Support

Defence minimises the impact of injury, illness and disease by developing and implementing work safety policy and guidelines, and implementing, maintaining and managing programs for injured workers.

Objective 6: Information, Communication and Consultation

Decision-makers at all levels have access to quality WHS information to empower them to eliminate or manage hazards across the Defence life cycle and upon disposal.

Communication, consultation and collaboration cannot be achieved effectively by a single strategic objective or project carried out within that objective. Like leadership, it must become part of the way we do our daily business. Understanding the need to effectively communicate information, and the ways in which information is understood, across all potential stakeholders is imperative to the continued improvement of safety within Defence.

The following table outlines each of the six strategic objectives and their role in driving the continuous improvement of the Defence 17–element WHSMS.

The six strategic objectives and their role
  Plan Prevent Provide
. Objective 1 Objective 2 Objective 3 Objective 4 Objective 5 Objective 6
Leadership

X

X

X

X

X

X

Performance Management  

X

X

   

X

Communication & Consultation

X

X

X

X

X

X

Governance & System Assurance    

X

     
WHS Information          

X

Education Awareness & Skilling  

X

 

X

   
Occupational Health      

X

X

 
Hazard Identification & Risk Management

X

X

X

X

X

X

Systems of Work

X

X

 

X

X

 
Platforms Infrastructure, Plant & Equipment

X

         
Contractor & Supplier Management

X

         
Emergency Preparedness      

X

   
Emergency Response        

X

X

Treatment        

X

X

Incident Management      

X

 

X

Rehabilitation        

X

 
Compensation        

X