Annual Report 2015-16—Appendix B: Information on specific statutory provisions

Work health and safety

As part of our work health and safety (WHS) arrangements, the APVMA:

  • promotes and develops arrangements to ensure employees' health, safety and wellbeing at work, in accordance with the Work Health and Safety Act 2011
  • provides operational guidelines for the operation of the Health and Safety Committee
  • provides mechanisms for reviewing, varying, and informing employees about WHS arrangements, and for dealing with disputes during consultation.

The APVMA Health and Safety Committee continues to monitor and inform APVMA-wide WHS activities. Two new health and safety representatives were elected to the committee in 2016, and have undertaken the required training.

Health and wellbeing initiatives

In 2015–16, we continued to support initiatives to help staff manage their health and wellbeing at work and at home. We provided free influenza vaccinations for staff, facilitated corporate gym memberships, and invited staff to undertake on-site fitness and general health assessments with qualified health practitioners.

The APVMA People Strategy, released in May 2016, focuses on ensuring a positive employee experience, including the promotion of physical and mental health and wellbeing initiatives. Partnering with the ACT Government, staff were invited to participate in an online health and wellbeing survey that provided tailored individual feedback, and a summary on the general wellbeing of the APVMA workforce. Additionally, a large number of APVMA staff participated in the Healthier Work Get Active Challenge, promoting ways to keep active while at work.

We focused on discussing mental health over 2015–16, actively promoting initiatives such as the 'Heads Up' campaign (a joint Safe Work Australia and Beyond Blue initiative) to staff, who were encouraged to participate. The APVMA has a number of staff who are accredited Mental Health First Aid practitioners. Mental wellbeing will remain a focus of activities throughout 2016–17.

Advertising and market research

There was no advertising and market research undertaken during 2015–16.

Ecologically sustainable development and environmental performance

The APVMA has adopted an environmental management system that meets the requirements of s. 516A of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 and the Agvet Code. The system follows the principles of ecologically sustainable development and environmental management, enabling the APVMA to minimise its effect on the environment. The environmental management system uses ISO 14001:2004 as its framework.

As far as possible, the APVMA strives to be a 'paperless' office, implementing an electronic document and records management system (EDRMS) to significantly reduce the amount of paper and printer consumables used within the office. Additionally, the APVMA works to reduce its environmental impact by:

  • recycling paper, plastic and kitchen waste to reduce landfill
  • maintaining water tanks for watering gardens at the APVMA's premises in Canberra
  • meeting the whole-of-government Energy Efficiency in Government Operations target for energy use of 7500 megajoules per person
  • purchasing 100 per cent recycled paper
  • using environmental criteria guidelines to ensure that environmental effects are considered for all purchases
  • using VMware computer hardware to reduce electricity consumption
  • using high-efficiency T5 lighting and movement-activated lighting
  • using video and teleconferencing facilities to minimise travel
  • using multifunction-device printers that reduce paper waste by secure release, and authenticate all print, copy, scan and fax jobs
  • maintaining on-site worm farms to process waste food collected from APVMA kitchens to reduce waste going to landfill.

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