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    Attorney-General and Minister for Industrial Relations
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Workplace health and safety key focus at Indigenous business seminar

    Attorney-General and Minister for Industrial Relations
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Tuesday, October 26, 2010

    Workplace health and safety key focus at Indigenous business seminar

    Workplace health and safety issues will be the focus at an Indigenous Business Leaders luncheon to be held in Brisbane tomorrow, Industrial Relations Minister Cameron Dick said.

    The luncheon, which will feature an appearance by Queensland rugby league legend and Safe Work Week Ambassador Mal Meninga, celebrates the success of Indigenous leaders and their efforts to improve workplace safety.

    “The Queensland Government is committed to making our workplaces the safest in the world and that workers get home safe to their families and loved ones each day,” said Mr Dick, who also spoke about Safe Work Week in Parliament today.

    “Every worker, no matter where they were employed across Queensland, deserves a safe workplace.

    “Indigenous business and community leaders will have the opportunity to learn more about workplace health and safety and share their own stories among their peers.

    “They will also hear about the workplace health and safety programs available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across the state.

    “One such program, offered by Workplace Health and Safety Queensland, provides advisory support and training to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander councils, businesses, organisations and individuals.”

    Mr Dick said Workplace Health and Safety Queensland had recently provided Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses with:

    • workplace health and safety awareness training for 33 of the 34 remote and isolated councils
    • construction industry induction white card training to over 1500 people across the state
    • small business consultations.

    Additional training is being conducted at Thursday Island in the coming weeks and the current Medium Sized Business Initiative is engaging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses and workplace health and safety advisors and inspectors.

    The Indigenous Business Leaders Luncheon will be held on Wednesday, 27 October at 1pm at the Mercure Hotel at North Quay.

    For more information visit www.worksafe.qld.gov.au or telephone 1300 369 915.

    Media contact:
    Office of the Attorney-General and Minister for Industrial Relations 3239 3487