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Health and Safety Responsibilities

Everybody has a right to a safe and healthy workplace and to come home safely.

Workers at all levels at the University have specific responsibilities for ensuring health and safety. These responsibilities are in line with relevant legislation and the University’s Health and Safety Management Standards.

The specific health and safety responsibilities of workers are dependent on their role within the University and are outlined in the Health and Safety Responsibilities procedure.

Health and safety responsibilities must be incorporated into workers position descriptions, and the associated performance criteria utilised in annual Career Conversations to determine workers performance with respect to these health and safety responsibilities.


Having the word ‘officer’ in your work title is not what makes someone an officer under work health and safety (WHS) laws.

An officer is a person who makes, or participates in making, decisions that affect the whole, or a substantial part, of the organisation’s activities.


Under the Work Health and Safety Act 2020 a worker is any person who carries out work for a PCBU, including work as an employee, contractor, subcontractor, self-employed person, outworker, apprentice or trainee, work experience student, employee of a labour hire company placed with a ‘host employer’ and volunteers.

As a worker, you have a ‘duty of care’ responsibility for safety and health at the workplace.

Health and Safety Representatives

Health and Safety Representatives are Curtin staff elected by their colleagues to help identify, communicate and respond to health and safety issues in the workplace.

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