Port Stephens Council

Testament to Port Stephens Council’s outstanding safety culture is a work health and safety audit score exceeding other regional councils by more than 20 per cent.

The council also boasts 13 health and safety representatives, plus deputies, a hazard ID app, a dedicated safety page on their intranet, health and safety noticeboards, ergonomic assessments, safety alerts, monthly newsletters, and a health and wellness program. The general manager attends induction sessions for new employees and chairs health and safety committee meetings, and all senior managers are required to do two field visits every month.

The results speak for themselves: premiums are down 50 per cent over the past seven years; cost of claims are about half that of  other councils; the number of claims have fallen almost 50 per cent over the past six years; and the council scored over 96 per cent in a work health and safety audit, compared with around 75 per cent for other councils.