WHS Roles

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The WHS Officer program has been put in place to assist Senators and Members to meet their duties under WHS legislation, including to:

  • identify hazards and risks to health and safety
  • ensure that adequate first aid facilities are available in the workplace, and
  • co-ordinate emergency procedures within the workplace.

Each Senator or Member nominates a MOP(S) Act employee within their office to be perform the following roles:

The following table sets out which WHS roles are required in each of a Senator or Member’s office(s).

WHS Role Offices outside of Commonwealth Parliament Offices and Parliament House Parliament House Office Offices within Commonwealth Parliament Offices
Electorate Office(s) Ministerial Office Capital City Office
WHS Site Officer Required Required Required Required Required
First Aid Officer Required Required Required Not required. 
Function performed by DPS through Nurses’ station & security guards
Not required. 
Function performed by M&PS staff
Emergency Officer Required Required Required Not required. 
Function performed by DPS
Required in Melbourne CPO only
Deputy Emergency Officer Required Required Required Not required. 
Function performed by DPS
Required in Melbourne CPO only

MOP(S) Act employees nominated to perform these roles in their office(s) should ensure that they:

  1. complete their required training as soon as practicable
  2. carry out the duties and obligations of their role.