DWS Safety & Compliance Newsletter July

  • AML/CTF Compliance – Suspicious Matter Reporting
  • Due Diligence Under WHS Act
  • Incident Alerts
  • Food Safety
  • Compliance | Liquor Licensing & Fire Safety | Fair Work
  • EVENTS: Safe Work Month | Mental Health Workshops

Suspicious matter reporting is a key component of your AML/CTF compliance, and the penalties for not reporting SMRs is significant. AUSTRAC have developed an animated video to explain the importance of SMR’s.

Now is also a great time to organize your 2019 Independent Review and staff training – give Michelle a call on 0401 014 619 to schedule in today.

Due Diligence Under WHS Act

With the tough new legislation changes, we have seen the first industrial manslaughter jail sentences imposed for breaches of Qld and Victorian WHS legislation. Remember also that Codes of Practice in Qld are now enforceable. If you are classed as an Officer, here is a link to the fact sheet on your very important obligations and the consequences of a breach of those obligations.



A company has been fined $70,000 for high pressure cleaning an asbestos roof in Qld. If your workplace (or home) has asbestos or asbestos containing materials, it is essential that any construction, repair or maintenance work undertaken on or near the ACM does not disturb, damage or affect the material.

The importance of chemical labelling has been highlighted when a Qld worker ended up in intensive care after drinking a hazardous chemical that had been decanted into a drink bottle. Decanting a hazardous chemical into a drink bottle, or any other container, that could be mistaken as containing food or drink (i.e. not correctly labelled as a hazardous chemical), is strictly prohibited. Workplaces that decant hazardous chemicals from a supplier’s container into another must ensure the new container is correctly labelled.


World Food Safety Day was celebrated on June 7 and is an internationally recognised day that aims to bring attention to global food safety and security. Everyone working in a food-related business has a part to play in the integrity of the food being served to customers, including health and hygiene of self and the venue, taking accurate temperature readings of food and facilities, general cleaning and housekeeping requirements and of course, preparing and cooking delicious and safe food. There are an estimated 600,000 cases of food-borne illness reported worldwide annually – ensure your team is trained – book an online Food Safety Course today and don’t contribute to that statistic.



Liquor licensing posters will be updated from 1 July 2019 and available for download from the OLGR website. Fees and fines are increasing on the same date.

Fire and Emergency plans are to be reviewed annually – is yours up to date? Warden training is a mandatory requirement as wardens have such an important role to play in an emergency. Make sure your warden team is skilled and prepared to manage an emergency situation – call Michelle today to organize training.


New pay rates from 1 July

Note that the pay increase WON’T affect employees who are already getting paid more than the new minimum wages. The relevant Awards that are affected are the Fast Food Industry Award 2010 and the Hospitality Industry (General Award) 2010. You can check that you have the right pay rates in the Pay Rate Calculator.

Single Touch Payroll

STP is a new way of reporting tax and super information to the ATO. If you use payroll or accounting software, you will send your employee’s tax and super information to the ATO each pay run, and the information will come directly from the software as long as it is STP compliant. If you don’t have a suitable payroll solution in place, I recommend that you check out Brisbane based foundU. More information on STP is on this ATO link.



Safe Work Month in October is rapidly approaching and now is the time to get in contact with Michelle to organize some fun and interesting events for your workplace. I highly recommend the Safe Work Month Breakfast Forums. Register for WHSQ >>> CLICK HERE


WHSQ are holding a series of Mentally Healthy Workplace Workshops in Brisbane. Mental health is such a big and very important issue in our lives and workplaces need to understand and know how to identify and manage these issues. Book a FREE session >>> CLICK HERE



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