Greens want more workplace safety

johnboy 9 August 2012

The Greens’ Amanda Bresnan has announced an OH&S policy for the election:

“Our vision must be to have no deaths on ACT worksites and we must commit to the funding and strategies that will achieve this.”

The Greens have released two key initiatives for the ACT building and construction sector:

— A proposal to raise approximately $2M annually for improving safety and for training apprentices, especially in recognised areas of skills shortage. The funds would accrue through an increase in the building and construction training levy from 0.2% to 0.3%, and be managed by the Building and Construction Training Fund Authority. The Greens will consult with building and construction industry participants about this proposed change.

— $500K to support proactive inspections of safety and employee conditions on Government construction sites to help prevent accidents, eliminate sham contracting and ensure best practice in Government procurement.

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