WA goes for FIFO changes
The WA government says it will support all recommendations from a scathing review of sexual harassment in FIFO work.
The report details how women in the industry are subjected to “an appalling range of behaviours”, and the “failure” of mining companies to act.
Industrial Relations Minister Bill Johnston has announced the government’s response will include minimum standards for workplace accommodation and funding for a community legal and advocacy centre.
He says work is also already underway to improve the state's industrial regulator, including the creation of a “fully resourced, culturally appropriate expert group”.
“We've already trained up all of our inspectors on psychosocial hazards, we've also trained a number of people on a specialist program for dealing with sexual harassment and we're going to continue to roll that out across WorkSafe,” he told reporters.
“But there is now a specialist team to respond to sexual harassment matters.”
There have been calls to set up an industry-wide blacklist to prevent perpetrators from moving between sites when complaints are made.
Mr Johnston said the government could not find a legal pathway to create the register, but will continue to work with industry on other ideas for a similar scheme.
“I understand the challenges with that because there may be legal questions that industry can't resolve, and if that's the case we'll have to see what they do,” he said.
The WA's Chamber of Minerals and Energy says it supports the changes, but agrees there are major challenges in implementing a blacklist.
“There are some complex issues that are present with the creation of this register, both legal and practical,” the Chamber's Manager of Health, Safety and People, Laila Nowell, said.
“We have engaged...with a number of stakeholders and members to explore how we can meet this intent in a way that we get it right the first time.”