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Terms of Reference

Clause 68.5 of the Commonwealth Members of Parliament Staff Enterprise Agreement 2012‑2015 (Enterprise Agreement) provides for the establishment of a Work Health and Safety Committee (the Committee). Consistent with requirements under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (the WHS Act) and the Work Health and Safety Regulations 2011 (the WHS Regulations), the role of the Committee will be:

  1. to facilitate co-operation between the Department of Finance (Finance) and MOP(S) Act employees in instigating, developing and carrying out measures designed to ensure the health and safety of MOP(S) Act employees at work, to the extent practicable given the employment arrangements established by the Members of Parliament (Staff) Act 1984; and
  2. to assist in developing standards, rules and procedures relating to health and safety that are to be followed or complied with at the workplaces of MOP(S) Act employees; and
  3. any other functions prescribed by the WHS Regulations or agreed between Finance and MOP(S) Act employees.


Finance’s capacity to influence and control MOP(S) Act employment is limited. Examples of matters within Finance’s influence and control include some issues relating to building and property maintenance and the fit-out of Senators and Members’ offices. Employees should consult directly with their employing Senator or Member on matters that are under the Senator or Member’s influence and control. This may include, for example, matters relating to the direction of work, and the hours and place of work.

Matters not directly related to the health and safety of MOP(S) Act employees will not be considered by the Committee, and where relevant will be referred to the Employee Consultative Group (ECG).

Work Groups and Employee Representation on the Committee

Work Group HSRs Deputy HSRs
Liberal Party 5 3
Australian Labor Party 3 2
The Nationals 1 1
Australian Greens 1 1
Independents 1 1

Union Representation

Management Representation

Term of Office

Operations of the Committee

Role of HSRs in encouraging training for WHS roles

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