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Question Without Notice No. 595 asked in the Legislative Council on 16 June 2020 by Hon Jacqui Boydell

Minister responding: Hon W.J. Johnston
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on

MENTAL HEALTH — FLY IN, FLY OUT CODE

595. Hon JACQUI BOYDELL to the minister representing the Minister for Mines and Petroleum:

I refer to question without notice 550 asked by me in this place on 10 June regarding the ''Code of Practice: Mentally Healthy Workplaces for Fly-In, Fly-Out (FIFO) Workers in the Resources and Construction Sectors''.

(1) Has the minister read the code of practice?

(2) Is the minister aware of section 9 of the code, which states ''FIFO operations are expected to report incidents of suspected suicides and self-injury to DMIRS''?

(3) Given the minister's answer to question without notice 550 that ''there is no specific mandated reporting process under the code'', does the minister agree that this statement is contradictory to the expectations of the code?

(4) Does the minister have any plans to mandate the reporting process; and, if not, why not?

(5) Have there been any reports to the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety of suspected suicides and self-injury related to FIFO since 2015; and, if yes, could the minister please identify how many incidents a year?

Hon DARREN WEST replied:

On behalf of the Minister for Regional Development, I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question. I provide the following answer on behalf of the Minister for Mines and Petroleum.

(1)–(2) Yes.

(3) No.

(4) No. Western Australia is harmonising with the national model work health and safety legislation. Proposed section 38 of the Western Australian Work Health and Safety Bill 2019 will require employers to report notifiable incidents arising out of the conduct of the business or undertaking—that is, if it is work related. It may not be immediately apparent whether a suspected suicide is work related, so employers should report it, pending investigation by the coroner and the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety.

(5) No incidents have been reported into the department's safety regulation system since the code has been put in place.