Safe Work Australia is a tripartite body with the following members: - an independent chair; - members representing the Commonwealth and each state and territory; - members representing the interests of workers; - members representing the interests of employers, and - the Chief Executive Officer. Further information about Safe Work Australia Members can be found under Our Members. Safe Work Australia's was established to lead policy development that improves work health and safety and workers' compensation arrangements across Australia. It performs its functions in accordance with strategic and operational plans agreed annually by the Select Council on Workplace Relations. Safe Work Australia began operating as an independent Australian Government statutory agency on 1 November 2009. It is jointly funded by the Commonwealth, state and territory governments through an Intergovernmental Agreement. As a national policy body Safe Work Australia does not regulate work health and safety laws. The Commonwealth, states and territories retain responsibility for regulating and enforcing work health and safety laws in their jurisdiction.

Further information

  • Type of Body

    R. Management Board

  • Established By / Under

    Act / Regulation

  • Established By/Under More info

    Safe Work Australia Act 2008

  • Paid Members?


  • Max No. of Board/Committee Members


  • Annual Report Prepared and tabled?


  • Classification

    X. Internal Management

  • Auditor


  • Function Categorization


  • Creation Date

    1 July 2009

Current board appointments

Position Appointee Start Date End Date
Chair Ms. Diane Smith-Gander 1 February 2019 31 January 2022
Member Mr. Stephen Gelding 2 May 2018 2 May 2021
Member Mr. Martyn Campbell 2 May 2018 1 May 2021
Member Ms. Carmel Mary Donnelly 15 May 2017 16 November 2019
Member Mr. James Pearson 17 November 2016 16 November 2019
Member Mr. Simon Blackwood 2 August 2016 1 August 2019
Member VACANT    
Member VACANT    
Member VACANT    
Member Mr. Mark Andrew Cocker 20 March 2018 19 March 2021
Member Ms. Tracey Browne 3 December 2018 2 December 2021
Member Mr. Michael Young 18 August 2018 17 August 2021
Member VACANT    
Member Mr. Adrian Breen 24 July 2018 23 July 2021
CEO/Executive Director/Managing Director Ms. Michelle Baxter 1 November 2015 31 October 2020
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