The health and safety profession has a unique voice, and the Australian Institute of Health & Safety seeks to express that voice in a positive way as a contribution to the development of Workplace Health and Safety Policy and practice in Australia. The Institute has an overarching Policy Agenda, which outlines our core beliefs and the key areas of the focus for our policy, and a series of Position Statements, which reflect the views of the Institute on a range of matters at any given time.  

The Institute is constantly evolving our work in policy, and as we do, we provide opportunities for our key stakeholders - health and safety practitioners and professionals -  to provide input.  Keep your eye out on social media for our calls for comment.  

AIHS Policy Agenda

The AIHS Policy Agenda was developed after consultation with members of the Institute and other key stakeholders. Click here to access the Policy Agenda.

AIHS Position Statements and Publications

The AIHS has developed the following position statements expressing the current view of the Institute Board and College of Fellows Executive under each of the focus areas of this policy agenda.

These statements are developed after taking into account the views of Institute members, other stakeholders, available research, and with consideration of the current environmental context. Click on the links below to view our current statements. 

General statements regarding the health and safety profession and its practice 

General statements regarding health and safety policy, regulation, legislation and standards

General statements regarding progressing health and safety within organisations

Issue-specific Position Statements

OHS Profession Code of Ethics

Fatigue and Fitness for Work

Safeguarding Mental Health at Work

Safety Governance and Leadership of Boards and Senior Management

Psychologically Healthy Workplaces

Practice Related Publications

OHS Body of Knowledge

A Practical Guide to Becoming a High-Reliability Organisation

AIHS Submissions

27 July 2018 Dreamworld Inquest

30 April 2019 Aged Care Safety and Quality

24 May 2019 2018 Review of the Model Work Health and Safety (WHS) Laws

24 May 2019 Victoria's Workplace Manslaughter Consultation Paper

19 September 2019 Resources Safety and Health Queensland Bill 2019

6 November 2019 National Dust Disease Taskforce 

26 November 2019 WHS Regulations for Western Australia 

26 February 2020 Mineral and Energy Resources and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2020

26 June 2020 WHS Bill Submission Part 2

31 July 2020 Inquiry into the Victorian Government's response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

22 September 2020 Draft Code of Practice - Prevention of violence and aggression at work Submission Part 1

22 September 2020 Draft Code of Practice - Prevention of violence and aggression at work Submission Part 2

16 October 2020 Managing the Risks to Psychological Health Code of Practice (Proposed Code)

21 October 2020 Draft COVID-19 Model WHS Code of Practice

14 December 2020 Submission to Standards CH-31 Committee NATA Proposal


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