On 10 May 2018 I announced that I would conduct an evaluation of the practices, policies and procedures of the regulatory arm of SafeWork SA.
I have now determined the scope of the evaluation. The evaluation will review and report on:
- legislative and regulatory functions and responsibilities discharged by public officers within the regulatory arm of SafeWork SA;
- the discretionary power given to inspectors and investigators employed within SafeWork SA and the practices, policies and procedures that are in place to safeguard against abuse of those discretionary powers;
- practices, policies and procedures in respect of teh availability and use of resources by public officers employed wihin the regulatory arm of SafeWork SA and whether those practices, policies and procedures provide a sufficient safeguard to minimise the misuse of those resources; and
- practices, policies and procedures in respect of the deployment of human resources within the regulatory arm of SafeWork SA and whether those practices, policies and procedures provide adequate measures to manage those human resources so as to ensure the proper and efficient discharge of core functions.
As the evaluation progresses I may amend its scope.
The evaluation formally commenced on 17 May 2018 with a request for a range of documents from SafeWork SA.
Today I have invited staff of SafeWork SA to offer comments or submissions in respect of matters relevant to the evaluation.
I will hold a public hearing on 1 June 2018. The public hearing will be held at 2pm in courtroom 1, level 7 Riverside Centre, North Terrace, Adelaide.
Members of the public and media are welcome to attend but seating will be limited. Media outlets wishing to film the hearing must contact Tracy Riddiford to discuss arrangements.
During that hearing, counsel assisting me will make an opening statement and I will provide further information about how members of the public and interested stakeholders can make a submission.
PUBLIC STATEMENT BY THE HON. BRUCE LANDER QC INDEPENDENT COMMISSIONER AGAINST CORRUPTION
ICAC Public Statement - 22 May 2018