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Section A – Sharing Responsibility for Fatigue Management


Finance will:

  • consult with MOP(S) Act employees on matters relating to work health and safety, including fatigue management;
  • provide broad work health and safety policy advice and assistance to Senators and Members and MOP(S) Act employees, in relation to fatigue management, through information on the Ministerial and Parliamentary Services website and training;
  • provide specific advice and assistance in relation to fatigue management in the workplace, to:
  • maintain this policy, in consultation with Parliamentarians and the Work Health and Safety Committee.

Senators and Members

Under the WHS Act, Senators and Members must:

  • ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health and safety of workers who carry out work for them in their capacity as a Senator or Member, including those MOP(S) Act employees that they employ;
  • acquire, and keep up to date, knowledge of work health and safety matters, including fatigue, that affect their workplace. The information in Section B is provided to assist with this duty;
  • understand the hazards and risks associated with fatigue in their workplace; and
  • ensure that there are processes in place in their workplace to eliminate or minimise risks to health and safety connected with fatigue;

To demonstrate that they have met these obligations, Senators and Members should:

  • adopt this policy as part of the WHS risk management framework within their office;
  • consider fatigue management, within the constraints of the current entitlements framework, when making decisions about MOP(S) Act employees’ work patterns;
  • put in place systems within their office to monitor the wellbeing of their employees, particularly during periods of increased working hours; and
  • consult with MOP(S) Act employees prior to making decisions that may impact on their health and safety, including in relation to travel and working hours.
    • Senators and Members have a duty under the WHS Act to consult on health and safety matters, which is separate and additional to their duty to consult with MOP(S) Act employees on major changes under the Commonwealth Members of Parliament Staff Enterprise Agreement 2016-2019.

MOP(S) Act employees

Every MOP(S) Act employee has a duty under the WHS Act as a worker to take reasonable care of their own health and safety, and must not adversely affect the health and safety of other persons.

MOP(S) Act employees must:

  • comply with any reasonable instruction and cooperate with any reasonable policy or procedure issued by their Senator or Member, or Finance, relating to preventing and managing fatigue;
  • monitor their own levels of fatigue and take steps to manage them; and
  • use the Hazard Reporting Form to report any fatigue management hazards or incidents in their workplace.

Last updated: 11 December 2019