Victoria has 79 local councils, nine State government departments and a number of Agencies.
A very wide range of workers work for local or state government, from clerical to outdoor staff. Workers in the government sector can be exposed to a wide range of hazards which can have serious effects on their health and/or safety.
There has been plenty of research which shows that unionised and organised workplaces have a better OHS record than un-unionised sites as these sites are far more likely to have well-trained and resourced elected OHS Reps, joint OHS Committees and support from the union. This applies not only to traditional 'blue collar' workplaces, but so-called 'white-collar' workers too.
Also check the Local Government industry page on the WorkSafe website.
Last updated July 2014