National Safe Work Month 2023

BY: Bernie Dwyer02/10/2023

October is National Safe Work Montha time to for all of us to commit to building a safe and healthy workplace.Being healthy and safe means being free from physical and psychological harm. A safe and healthy workplace benefits all of us.  For everyone’s safety, work safely. #SafeWorkMonthWorkPac’s primary commitment is to your health and safety, and we are strong advocates of National Safe Work Month and actively encourage all of you to put safety in the forefront of your minds not just in October each year but on each and every day, take the time to think about the tasks you are undertaking, what could go wrong and how you can do it safely.Working safely can become a habit if you prioritize your own personal safety and that of others. ​WHAT we can do EVERY DAY​Work together to manage risks at workHabit number one – think about the hazards associated with the task you are about to undertake. What could go wrong? How can I do this safely? What are the controls I know are in place? Has anything changed? What else can I do to make this safer for me and my colleagues? This thought process is a basic risk assessment.Please take the time to read through the WorkPac site hazard register and the required safety controls on each site you are assigned to so that you know what the risks are!​​Work together to protect our mental wellbeingHabit number two – take care of your personal safety, including your mental wellbeing,  know your rights at work, seek assistance when necessary.Work life can at times involve psychosocial hazards, these are the things in our daily lives that can impact our mental health such as:-time pressures- Job demands- exposure to trauma- physical environment- bullying and or harassment- conflict​​Work together to support each other for safe and healthy workplaces Habit number three – Support your colleagues and team members. Being younger or inexperienced or learning a role, having a culturally diverse background,  working alone or in an isolated location, or returning to work after an injury can make some team members more vulnerable to harm.By supporting each other, we can make work safe for everyone.

Introducing Stopline and Respect@Work


​Respect@Work WorkPac is committed to protecting and promoting the right of every employee to work in an environment which is free from sexual harassment and discrimination.  Recent changes to legislation mean that all employers, including WorkPac, now have a positive duty to take reasonable steps to prevent and eliminate sexual harassment and discrimination on the basis of sex in the workplace. This legislative regime is known as Respect@Work. As part of WorkPac’s zero tolerance for this type of conduct, the following documents have been updated and are available on the WorkPac website: WorkPac Code of Conduct Whistleblower Policy and Procedure Sexual Harassment PolicySexual Harassment ProcedureHarassment, Discrimination and Bullying PolicyHarassment, Discrimination and Bullying Procedure Introducing Stopline ​ WorkPac is also pleased to announce it has now engaged with Stopline to provide an independent and confidential whistleblowing service. Employees, contractors and clients of WorkPac can contact Stopline 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to make a disclosure about incidents such as: TheftDishonestyBullying and HarassmentSexual HarassmentPolicy BreachesUnethical BehaviourWorkplace Safety HazardsFraudStopline can be contacted phone, email, online and by mail.P: 1300 304 550E: makeareport@stopline.com.auW: workpac.stoplinereport.comM: WorkPac C/o Stopline Pty Ltd, PO Box 403, Diamond Creek Vic 3089 Together, we can eliminate improper workplace conduct.



​We are preparing for the end of the 2022/2023 financial year and employee Payment Summary information (also known as a Group Certificate) will soon be ready.This important document will be available in employees' Australian Tax Office online services account, accessed via myGov.It will be called an ‘Income Statement’ and will be available in myGov by 14 July 2023.To avoid any delays with your Income Statement, we strongly encourage you to take the following steps: Make sure you have created a myGov account (click here for instructions) Check that your personal and contact details are correct in myWorkPac.  If you need to update your details, please contact your WorkPac Representative as soon as possiblePlease note that WorkPac does not email these documents, nor have copies to provide.Please contact your WorkPac Representative for assistance with queries or further information.

CEO UPDATE | National Reconciliation Week 27 May - 3 June 2023


​This year, National Reconciliation Week adopts the theme of ‘BE A VOICE FOR ALL GENERATIONS’, encouraging all Australians to actively contribute to reconciliation efforts in their everyday lives.At WorkPac, we are dedicated to supporting reconciliation by fostering a deeper understanding, enhancing education, and taking meaningful actions that promote a fair and equitable nation for everyone.National Reconciliation Week provides an opportunity to explore and appreciate Australia’s shared history, diverse cultures, and remarkable achievements. WorkPac takes great pride in its diverse workforce and encourages active participation from all individuals. We invite all our employees to engage with local community events to get involved and broaden your knowledge and appreciation for Indigenous history and cultures.New South WalesNorthern TerritoryQueenslandSouth AustraliaTasmaniaVictoriaWestern AustraliaMore information about National Reconciliation Week can also be found at Reconciliation Australia's website.​Regards,Hamish GriffinChief Executive OfficerThe WorkPac Group



​Friday 28 April is World Day for Safety and Health at Work and Workers' Memorial Day. This year’s theme is ‘A safe and healthy working environment is a fundamental principle and right at work’.  The day provides an opportunity to reflect on how to prevent work-related occupational diseases, deaths, injuries, and illnesses. It is also a day to remember those that have died from a work-related injury or illness. By raising awareness of work health and safety (WHS) issues and taking action to eliminate or minimise health and safety risks at work, we can help prevent further work-related fatalities and injuries.While the number of work-related fatalities in Australia has been steadily decreasing over the last decade, any workplace death is tragic and unacceptable. World Day is a good time to recognise the importance of work health and safety to prevent any work-related fatalities and injuries. WHS risk management can be as simple as a discussion with teammates or your manager. It is also important to remember to manage psychological and mental health risks. We encourage everyone to raise awareness about health and safety in the workplace and recommend visiting these sites for more information. Safe Work Australia - 2023 World DayAust Govt - Mental Health ResourcesLifelinePlease join the Office of Industrial Relations and the Consultative Committee for Work-Related Fatalities and Serious Incidents on Workers’ Memorial Day to commemorate those who have lost their life because of their work.When: Friday 28 April 2023 at 7:30amWhere: Watch live on the Workplace Health and Safety Queensland Facebook page



In accordance with Australia's national public holidays, ANZAC Day will be observed on Tuesday 25 April. Qld and NT will also acknowledge the Labour Day public holiday on Monday 1 May 2023. Please be advised of the following Pay Run adjustments through this time.  Week Commencing Monday 24 April 2023 Due to the Anzac Day public holiday, there will be no pay run on Tuesday 25 April (delaying pay by 1 working day)We encourage all employees to please lodge their approved timesheets prior to 10am AEST, Monday 24 April Timesheets received after this deadline will be processed in the next available pay run (ie. Thursday 27 & Friday 28 April)​Week Commencing Monday 1 May 2023Due to the NT and QLD Labour Day public holiday on Monday 1 May, pay will be delayed by 1 working dayTo minimise delays, we encourage all employees to please lodge their approved timesheets prior to 10am Tuesday 2 May 2023 to ensure timely processing​Please remember these public holidays may also impact your bank's processing days. Please contact your bank should you have any concerns. Employees are also encouraged to contact their WorkPac Representative for assistance with any other queries.​



Easter is just around the corner! With public holidays also approaching, WorkPac's Payroll team wish to advise our employees of the following changes:​Week Commencing Monday 3 April 2023 Due to the Good Friday Public Holiday there will be no pay run on Friday 7 April We encourage all employees to please lodge their approved timesheets by 10am AEST, Thursday 6 April Timesheets received after this deadline will be processed in the next available pay run (ie. Tuesday 11 April)​Week Commencing Monday 10 April 2023Due to the Easter Monday public holiday (Monday 10 April), pay will be delayed by 1 working dayTo ensure pay is processed in time, please ensure your approved timesheet has been logged by 10am AEST ,Tuesday 11 April Please note: Public holidays may also affect your bank's processing days. We encourage you to please contact your bank should you have any concerns. ​Please contact your WorkPac Representative for assistance with any other queries.​We wish our employees, teams and families, a safe and happy Easter.​

WorkPac finalists at the Rio Tinto Supplier Awards


​Recruitment and workforce solution leader, WorkPac has been named a finalist of the 2023 Rio Tinto Supplier Recognition Program awards in the Health and Safety Category.The Supplier Recognition Awards recognise suppliers for their outstanding performance and contribution to Rio Tinto and the local community. This year, about 180 suppliers were nominated for awards across nine categories.WorkPac’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Hamish Griffin, who attended the Award at the gala event held at the Crown Ballroom last night said, “This recognition is a testament to WorkPac’s strong ongoing commitment at all levels to Health & Safety across our business.  I could not be more proud of the work our companies have done together to ensure the safety of our people.  To be nominated in the safety category with a peer group that I have such respect for as suppliers was an incredible honour.Congratulations to Tasman Power for their safety excellence and for all other category winners”

Introducing ResHealth | Your New Health Assessment Platform


​Coal Mine Workers Health Scheme Changes | Queensland Government Introduction of ResHealth ​What is changing? As a coal mine worker, the Coal Mine Workers Health Scheme requires you to complete regular health assessments. This is an industry-wide regulatory requirement for all coal mine workers overseen by Resources Safety and Health Queensland (RSHQ).From 1 April 2023, the Qld State Government is changing the way it administers the Coal Miners Workers Health Scheme. The new system will be known as ResHealth.While ResHealth is not a WorkPac owned system or change, WorkPac values the wellbeing of all its employees and supports ResHealth’s introduction to the industry. What is ResHealth?The current paper-based Coal Mine Workers Health Scheme is transitioning to an online platform called ResHealth.Provided by the Queensland Department of Resources, ResHealth is a new online platform for completing your coal mine worker health assessments.   What does WorkPac need to do?From 1 April 2023, all coal mine worker health assessments must be scheduled and completed online via ResHealth. Paper-based health assessments will no longer be accepted. ​RSHQ requires that all Employers and their Employees:1.      Register for ResHealth 2.      Use ResHealth to meet the Health Assessment requirements of the Coal Mine Workers Health Scheme What do you need to do?You are not required to access ResHealth until you have received an invitation to complete your health assessment.However, to ensure you are able to access ResHealth, we encourage all Employees to register for your QGov ID ahead of when your next coal miner’s health assessment is due.Step 190 days prior to your Coal Mine Workers Health Assessment, your WorkPac Representative will send a ‘Register to ResHealth’ invitation to the email address you have registered with us.Step 2The invitation will have a link for you to register for a QGov ID (note you can skip this step if you already have a QGov ID).Step 3The invitation will have a second link to the ResHealth portal. Use your QGov ID to register with ResHealth.Please note your registration for QGov ID and ResHealth must use the same email you have provided to WorkPac.Step 4Once you have registered for ResHealth and are logged into the portal, follow the prompts to begin the Health Assessment Questionnaire. You will need to complete all fields within the assessment and select ‘submit’.  Please note:You can save your Assessment if you need to come back and finish it later.Once you have submitted your section of the Health Assessment you are unable to change itOn selecting ‘submit’, the information will be made available to the examining doctor.On completion of the health assessment process, you will receive an email link to access your health assessment report (previously known as the Section 4).Your WorkPac Representative will be able to view your assessment, complete any medical management plan that may be required and approve your capacity for the role on your FTM file to prevent gate access issues.  Would you like further information? We encourage all employees to visit RSHQ’s online resources for more information. Resources Safety & Health Qld Support GuidesResHealth FAQ Health Assessment Reports: Demonstration Video (YouTube)ResHealth Registration (Downloadable PDF) Please also feel welcome to contact your WorkPac Representative if you require further information or assistance.



​WorkPac is proud to launch our third Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) continuing our Reconciliation journey. With the support of Hamish Griffin, CEO, and Rob O’Sullivan, RAP Working Group member, we came together in our Head Office on Turrbal Country and broadcasted nationally to all WorkPac locations. WorkPac employees were privileged to celebrate with a Welcome to Country and traditional dance performed by Jahmarley Dawson.  An emerging Aboriginal leader, Jahmarley lives in Brisbane where he is linked to the Turrbal People through bloodline connection and kinship ties. We were also delighted to welcome Rebecca Burke, National Indigenous Engagement Manager from WES.jobs JobTrail to discuss the importance of developing strong relationships with Indigenous Australians.   Our RAP is a significant step in supporting reconciliation, gaining a deeper understanding of our sphere of influence and continuing to focus on developing and strengthening relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, engaging staff and stakeholders in reconciliation, and developing and piloting innovative strategies to empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.To celebrate our continued commitment to reconciliation WorkPac have commissioned special Artwork by Indigenous-owned business Dalmarri. GINYHAR MIYAGAN – Strong Relationships. The artists Jason Douglas and Trevor Eastwood describe the artwork as a ‘Representation of the magnificent work WorkPac is doing in communities providing opportunities and building stronger, lasting relationships with First Nations People. The colours represent the vibrant countryside, while still valuing and respecting the culture of First Nations People. The many dots and circles are communities who benefit by the opportunities and support WorkPac help create.’We are thrilled to share our RAP with our employees, stakeholders and partners and look forward to working together to make a positive impact in the communities we serve.Read our Reconciliation Action Plan and First Actions Here.​​A special mention and thanks to Print Junction General Manager Nathan Torzyn and Graphic Designer Luke Burton for design and printing services.