There are different ways of delivering workplace programs in your community. Your group may be active in linking workplaces to existing programs or supporting workplaces to develop new programs.
At times, a combination of existing and new programs may be required; workplaces may supplement existing programs with new initiatives in order to meet their specific needs.
The different ways of delivering workplace programs in your community include:
The approach that your LDAT takes should be determined in partnership with the workplaces that will be involved.
LDATs may choose to link with existing workplace programs that have been shown to work.
There are a number of established workplace programs available in Australia. You may also find other activities through government
agencies responsible for regulating and enforcing workplace health and safety laws (listed in the following column), peak bodies, health services and by drawing on local knowledge and networks.
Existing workplace programs in Australia:
Safe Work Australia (SWA) is an Australian Government statutory body established in 2008 to develop national policy relating to workplace health and safety and workers’ compensation. SWA does not enforce or regulate WHS laws or workers’ compensation schemes.12 SWA provides a number of WHS resources including videos, seminars and podcasts.
A national campaign inspiring Australians to take a break from alcohol for the month of February.
A national campaign inspiring Australians to abstain from alcohol (‘go dry’) for the month of July.
The National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA) is an internationally recognised research centre that works as a catalyst for change in the alcohol and other drugs field.13 NCETA also offers a consultancy service called WorkLife, to assist workplaces to manage AOD related risk and develop workplace policies and responses.
The Achievement Program supports Victorian workplaces, schools and early childhood care services to meet evidence-based benchmarks around health priority areas, including alcohol and other drug use.
Healthier Work is a free ACT Government service established to support employers to develop health and wellbeing initiatives within their workplace. Healthier Work provides a range of free resources, tools and templates that address a number of health topics, including alcohol use.
|Australian Capital Territory (ACT)||WorkSafe ACT||accesscanberra.act.gov.au/app/home/ workhealthandsafety|
|New South Wales (NSW)||SafeWork NSW||safework.nsw.gov.au|
|Northern Territory (NT)||NT WorkSafe||worksafe.nt.gov.au|
|Queensland (QLD)||Workplace Health and Safety Queensland||worksafe.qld.gov.au|
|South Australia (SA)||SafeWork SA||safework.sa.gov.au|
|Tasmania (TAS)||WorkSafe Tasmania||worksafe.tas.gov.au|
|Victoria (VIC)||WorkSafe Victoria||worksafe.vic.gov.au|
|Western Australia (WA)||WorkSafe WA||commerce.wa.gov.au/worksafe|
Each program will have its own requirements and processes. You may need to consider the following when assessing whether the program is the right fit:
Due to the limited number of existing workplace programs that focus on preventing alcohol and other drugs harms, and the need for tailored approaches, many LDATs will work with workplaces to develop and deliver a targeted workplace program.
Setting objectives for your Community Action Plan is an important part of the planning process.
Some example objectives for action on Healthy Workplaces are provided below. You can develop your own objectives by engaging with your community to determine needs, although you may find these a useful starting point:
Strong partnerships are critical to your success in reducing alcohol and other drug-related harms in the community. LDATs can work with a variety of different community partners to take effective action on creating healthy workplaces.
LDAT partners can support Healthy Workplaces activities in many ways, including delivering staff education and training, promoting workplace achievements, providing counselling services
and Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs), and much more.
Partners may include:
Partners or relevant staff within workplaces may include:
All alcohol and other drug activities need to be adequately resourced. Below is a an indicative list of the types of resources required to take action on Healthy Workplaces. This is not an exhaustive list, and LDATs should be mindful that the resources required will be influenced by the Community Action Plan activity being undertaken by your group. Groups that are linking into existing workplace programs are encouraged to find out what resources are required for the specific program. These could include:
While you are planning your activity, it is important to consider measures of success for your activity. Determine how you will evaluate the success of your activity, linking your success measures to your objectives.