Other legal and policy requirements

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Disability access and inclusion plan

Our Disability access and inclusion plan 2015-2020 outlines our disability access and inclusion priorities over a five year period and builds upon our past achievements. We continue to meet our commitment to providing equitable and inclusive access for people with disability to our services, facilities and information by:

  • partnering with JobAccess to ensure our policies, procedures and recruitment practices support participation, inclusion and access for people with disability in our organisation 
  • providing targeted training to employees to identify and manage conscious and unconscious biases and how these can impact on recruitment decisions
  • providing mental health first aid and disability awareness training for our employees.

In accordance with the Disability Services Act 1993, a progress report has been submitted to the Disability Services Commission outlining our progress against strategies contained in the plan.

You can download a copy of our Disability access and inclusion plan 2015–2020 from our website.

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Substantive equality

We recognise the diversity of our employees and our stakeholders, and are committed to achieving equitable service opportunities and outcomes to meet their needs. Our commitment to the Government’s Policy Framework for Substantive Equality is reflected in our Code of conduct and embedded into our human resource policies, procedures and guidelines. Our people, our future - Workforce and diversity plan 2015-17 and Disability access and inclusion plan 2015-2020 reflects our commitment to providing a fair and equitable working environment. Both plans are reviewed regularly to ensure they reflect the current requirements of the Commission.

The principles of the policy framework form part of our business practices and service delivery to client groups, and are embedded in our human resource policies, procedures and guidelines.

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Record keeping plan

Our record keeping plan recognises that record keeping services are provided through a bureau service arrangement with the Department of the Premier and Cabinet (DPC). Accordingly, we share common records management procedures and a controlled vocabulary with DPC, which are reviewed annually. We provide online awareness training to staff, which complements the record awareness component of our induction program. 

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Electoral Act 1907 Section 175ZE

In accordance with Section 175ZE of the Electoral Act 1907 the Commission incurred the following expenditure in advertising, market research, polling, direct mail and media advertising.

Applications Expenditure 2016/17 

Advertising 

• Adcorp

$146 049

• Austel Australia Pty Ltd

$295

• Careerhub Pty Ltd

$164

• Seek $270
• Telstra $10 634

Market research

Nil

Polling 

Nil

Direct mail 

Nil

Media advertising 

• Radio advertising: Aboriginal Traineeship Program

$3044

Total expenditure

$160 456


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Compliance with public sector standards and ethical codes

Our organisational culture is based on integrity, transparency and accountability, and we encourage our employees to model behaviour that reflects this. 

We comply with the Public Sector Standards in Human Resource Management and the Western Australian Public Sector Code of Ethics (the Standards). We inform our employees of these standards by providing information to new employees as part of the induction process, conducting ‘Accountable and Ethical Decision Making’ training and publishing information on our Intranet. 

Human resource officers provide advice, support and guidance to managers and employees in relation to the Standards. Notification of the right to lodge a breach of standard claim is provided as required by the Public Sector Management (Breaches of Public Sector Standards) Regulations 2005.

Applications made for breach of standards review and the corresponding outcomes for the reporting period are provided in the table below.

Applications for breach of standard and corresponding outcomes for 2016/17

Number lodged

0

Number of breaches found

0

Number still under review

0


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Occupational safety and health

We are committed to ensuring the occupational safety, health and welfare of our employees, contractors and visitors by providing and maintaining a safe working environment. Realising this requires the commitment of our Corporate Executive and Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) committee, as well as all employees working together to achieve a standard of excellence in OSH and injury management.

The committee provides oversight of safety and health management practices, including education, training, reporting, discussion and accountability. It comprises of elected representatives from across the Commission, who meet quarterly, or as required, to discuss safety and health matters. Over the last 12 months, the committee undertook regular workplace inspections and provided quarterly OSH reports to Corporate Executive to ensure continuous improvement.

During the reporting year, we supported and promoted employee health and wellbeing by providing return to work programs, reasonable workplace adjustments, at work influenza vaccinations, corporate health fund discounts, resuscitation training, ergonomic assessments, provision of sit-stand desks, superannuation and retirement planning sessions and recognition of and participation in community events. 

Employees also had the opportunity to undertake mental health awareness training, donate blood, and are entitled to an eyesight screening and testing subsidy every two years. We continue to provide employees and their families access to an Employee Assistance Program.

We take a proactive approach to injury management and have established worker’s compensation, injury management and return to work policies, procedures and documentation in accordance with the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 and the Worker’s Compensation and Injury Management Act 1981. All OSH related policies and procedures are available to staff on our Intranet. We are a member of the Public Sector Safety, Health and Injury Management Steering Committee, which identifies, develops and implements strategic initiatives in accordance with the Government Leading the Way in Public Sector Safety, Health and Injury Management initiative. In addition, trained first aid officers are located throughout the Commission to ensure that immediate assistance is available when required.

We continue to ensure our occupational safety and health management systems meet WorkSafe’s criteria as set out in the WorkSafe Plan.

Measures

The following table provides actual results for the 2016/17 reporting period against targets specified in Public Sector Commissioner’s Circular 2012-05: Code of Practice-Occupational Safety and Health in the Western Australian Public Sector. We had no lost time injuries during the period.

 
Target 2016/17 2015/16 2014/15 2013/14 2012/13
2011/12
Target Comment

Number of fatalities

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Achieved

Percentage of lost time injury/disease incidence rate

0%

1.5%

0.8%

0.76%

1.49%

0.69%

0 or 10% improvement on the previous three years

Achieved

Percentage of lost time injury/disease severity rate

0

0

0

0

0

0

0 or 10% reduction (actual target can be stated)

Achieved

Percentage of injured workers returned to work within

 

 

 

 

 

 
Greater than or equal to 
80% return to work within 
26 weeks

 

  •  13 weeks
N/A 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%   Achieved
  •  26 weeks

N/A

100%

100%

100%

100%

100%  

Achieved

Percentage of managers trained in occupational safety, health and injury management responsibilities

94%

89%

95%

97%

82%

71%

Greater than or equal to 80%

Exceeded the 80% target.


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Freedom of information

We assist Freedom of information (FOI) applicants to access available documents at the lowest possible cost. The table below provides a summary of applications finalised during 2016/17. 

A more comprehensive breakdown of our statistics are provided in the annual report of the Office of the Information Commissioner.

Applications 2016/17 2015/16 2014/15 2013/14 2012/13

Received during the year

10

6

9*

4

10

Finalised during the year

10

6

8

4

9

Average time to process (days)

34

45

42

40

28

* 1 application incomplete

Applications 2016/17 2015/16 2014/15 2013/14 2012/13

Full access

0

0

0

0

0

Edited access

6

4

8

3

4

Deferred access

0

0

0

0

0

Section 26 access

0

0

0

0

1

Section 28 access

0

0

0

0

0

Accessed refused

0

0

0

0

3

Total decisions

7

4

8

3

8

Transferred to other agencies

0

1

0

1

0

Withdrawn

3

1

0

0

1

Total applications

10

6

8

4

9

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