Health and safety consultation

All staff are responsible for work health and safety (WHS) at UoN. You are encouraged to identify, review, discuss and recommend safety initiatives.

We have two consultation mechanisms that allow you to do this:

  • Formal (committees and work groups) – there are three levels of formal reporting, which are outlined below.
  • Informal (discussion and input) – you can flag issues with your team members or manager and these can be controlled within your immediate area.

Consultation mechanisms are a requirement of the Work Health and Safety Act and Regulation.

Flowchart (PDF, 19KB) for WHS issue resolution and consultation.

Levels of formal consultation

1. Workgroups

Workgroups have been established for each unit/school and feed into the Faculty and Division Health and Safety Committees. This is the first level where issues are attempted to be resolved and solutions implemented. To raise an issue see the Health and Safety representative for your area.

2. College/Division Health and Safety Committees

If issues are unresolved at the unit/school level then they are referred to the College/Division Health and Safety Committees.

3. University Health and Safety Committee (UHSC)

This is the overarching health and safety committee at UoN. If issues are unresolved at the faculty/division level, then they are addressed by the UHSC. This group is a decision-maker only and is not responsible for implementation, which is fed back down to the faculty/division level.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.