Faculty, Institute and Key Division Health, Safety and Wellness Committees

Faculty HSW Committees support the Health Safety and Wellness Policy of the University, by promoting and facilitating cooperation between staff, students and management in the development and implementation of HSW policy, procedures, guidelines and programs at the University. Faculty HSW Committees fulfill statutory requirements under Section 75 of the Act, and oversee the management of health and safety matters and resources within the area of coverage.

A key function of Faculty HSW Committees is to provide a forum to facilitate effective consultation between University management and workers in instigating, developing and carrying out measures designed to ensure the workers’ health and safety at work, and to assist in the development of standards, rules and protocols relating to health and safety that are to be followed or complied with at the workplace.

HSW Management Plan

An annual HSW Management Plan is required to be developed/approved during the first HSW Committee Meeting for the year, and reviewed/discussed at subsequent meetings throughout the year.

Terms of reference

Meeting Minutes

Committee Secretary Resources

Online resources available via website below include templates specifically formatted for use at the University of Queensland, to assist staff to conduct duties associated with secretariat support.

Templates are available by request from Health, Safety and Wellness for:

  • Agenda
  • Minute
  • Post-meeting Action Table

UQ Safety Network

A team of Work Health and Safety Managers/Coordinators (WHSCs) and Health and Safety Representatives (HSRs) facilitate the implementation of UQ's HSW Policies and Procedures within particular work units, and assist to ensure effective communication and consultation between workers and management. 

 WHSCs are appointed by Management.

HSRs are elected by workers.

HSW Forum

An 'HSW Forum' has been established to provide an opportunity for parties across the University to raise and discuss relevant occupational health and safety matters. The HSW Forum is facilitated by UQ Health, Safety and Wellness division. Meetings are held twice a year. Invitations to attend are circulated to Senior Managers, WHSCs and HSRs.

  • Compliment the formal communication pathways between the HSW Division, individual HSW Committees and the Vice Chancellor's Risk and Compliance Committee;
  • Provide a forum for HSW communication between all areas of the University;
  • Provide information to participants on a range of relevant HSW matters;
  • Complement the input provided by HSW Committees and other formal avenues into the development and review of UQ HSW related policies, procedures and guidelines;
  • Provide a further avenue to promote safe working practices and environments throughout the University;
  • Share experiences across the University that may assist in improved HSW outcomes for our people.

Forum Dates (2018)

  • 8 June 2018
  • 2 October 2018

Meeting Minutes (2015)


HSW Consultative Structures section

OHS Committee Meeting Minutes

Faculty / Institute / Key Division OHS Committee Meeting Minutes