World-leading health and safety culture

The department is committed to achieving a world-leading, authentic health and safety culture throughout the NSW mining and extractives industry. This means:

  • zero harm
  • a demonstrated commitment to WHS by all people
  • competence at all levels
  • best practice consultation
  • no tension between productivity and safety
  • effective and fair implementation and enforcement
  • clear accountabilities and responsibilities
  • no disconnect between systems and practices.

The department has developed a self-assessment tool to allow operators to assess their own workplace health and safety culture and performance against key elements of their own WHS management system. Download the tool from the Workplace health and safety culture benchmarking and planning program manual [PDF, 5027.48 KB].

Culture change summit

In 2008, opinion leaders from the NSW mining and extractives industry gathered to set an agenda for culture change to improve work health and safety performance. Participants agreed to a set of principles that will enable the industry to drive work health and safety culture change improvement. Download the Cultural change summit communique [PDF, 416.07 KB], which was developed as part of the summit.