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Building and Construction – Worksafe RTI

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  -  Wednesday, 25 November 2020

Tags: WorkSafe, Right to Information, Transparency

Dr WOODRUFF - Minister, in September 2019 my office made a right to information application to further understand WorkSafe Tasmania's performance relating to workplace investigations. This was after an independent review in 2018 identified a 25 per cent gap in WorkSafe's inspectorate staff. Numerous reasons were given for the subsequent nine-month delay in releasing this information, including that WorkSafe did not keep electronic records of all notifiable incidents. The information was eventually disclosed on 30 June this year. Minister, do you think that's an acceptable time frame to release information?

Ms ARCHER - We've been through all the RTI stuff and I've stated what our position is as a government to improve on our RTIs so I don't really want to be repetitive and waste time in another output with the same information.

Ms WOODRUFF - It's appallingly long.

Ms ARCHER - Both the Premier and I have acknowledged that we want to make improvements in a number of different areas that were highlighted in the Ombudsman's report. That would include delays and consistency and interpretation of the act.

Dr WOODRUFF - One comment that was made during that long period of to-ing and fro-ing was that electronic record-keeping was being moved to WorkSafe. Has that been completed?

Ms ARCHER - I can ask Ms Pearce if that has been completed.

Ms PEARCE - We have recorded incidents in our electronic system for many years. It's the level of detail that wasn't available in the system initially to respond. The implementation of the new system has now been completed and we're going through the bedding-in of that system.

Dr WOODRUFF - Thank you.