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Improving safety outcomes in remote Arnhem Land

Staff at NT WorkSafe explain how they collaborate with Traditional Owners of the Nhulunbuy community to improve work health and safety for businesses in Australia’s far north.

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NT WorkSafe safety inspectors discuss the importance of engaging with Indigenous communities to deliver culturally appropriate safety resources for workplaces. As NT WorkSafe consults with the community, staff see increased community-driven participation and learning, which leads to embedded work health and safety practices in the workplace.

The work health and safety regulator has strengthened its relationship with the Nhulunbuy people by building the capability of the community to develop good work safety practices in its workplaces.

Who is this seminar for?

This video is for Indigenous workers, communities and businesses, public sector organisations who engage with Indigenous communities and businesses, workers in regional and remote workplaces, and workers in challenging environments.

About the presenters

This video is presented by NT WorkSafe, the administrative and regulatory arm of the Northern Territory Work Health Authority.

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Improving safety outcomes in remote Arnhem Land

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Neil Burgess, NT WorkSafe

NT WorkSafe is the government agency responsible for regulating work health and safety in Northern Territory workplaces. We have a staff of about 60 people, with offices in Darwin, Katherine and Alice Springs.

About 18 months ago we looked at developing a project to increase our presence in the more remote workplaces within the Northern Territory. This project has a strong emphasis towards consultation and education.

Andrew Lucas, NT WorkSafe

At NT WorkSafe we currently have an initiative over here in NT communities where we’re actually trying to build capability for Indigenous communities in relation to work health and safety in the workplace as well as at home.

Witiyana Marika, Rirratjingu Aboriginal Corporation

This organisation is great. They were telling us about safety from the start, for you and for us. Right across Arnhem Land and the Territory.

Tanya Cosgrove, NT WorkSafe

So it’s important for us to attend the communities in order to ascertain an approach that will actually suit the communities themselves. We like to come here and meet businesses and learn how we can best assist them to meet their duties under our work health and safety legislation.

Damien Djerrkura, YBE

NT WorkSafe has been coming out for quite a long time now. They often consult with local businesses and communities, just spreading the word about workplace health and safety so they’re a very good point of contact.

Andrew Lucas, NT WorkSafe

What we’re really endeavouring to do is to have someone here as a go-between between ourselves at NT WorkSafe and also in community.

Tanya Cosgrove, NT WorkSafe

We’re hoping that as well as raising awareness in the community that we’ll also leave a longer lasting legacy here. Whist we’re hoping to be here every four to six weeks we’d still also like to have a person here locally to act on behalf of NT WorkSafe as well, to continue on with the work that we’re doing.

Witiyana Marika, Rirratjingu Aboriginal Corporation

NT WorkSafe are working to develop and create strength and foundation so in the future we can be better and move forward more smoothly and safely for Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.

Damien Djerrkura, YBE

So going forward in to the future in discussions with Andrew and Tanya and the consultations we’ve had, the future’s looking bright as far as the ongoing consultations that we’ll have with them and I think it will be very beneficial so we’re looking forward to the ongoing relationship.

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