Workplace health and safety concerns at DAFF

Posted January 14, 2014 by Together Queensland

There's workplace health and safety concerns for many at Queensland’s Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.

A recently published Public Service Commission survey shows hundreds of DAFF workers have said they are overloaded at work (more than 600 DAFF workers of 1404 surveyed or 47.4 per cent).

Hundreds also indicated they feel burnt out at work (more than 460 DAFF workers of 1401 respondents or 32 per cent).

Of concern, many registered their work is negatively impacting their health (more than 340 DAFF workers of 1403 respondents or 24 per cent).

It’s possible the workplace over loading problem at DAFF is under reported.

Members have a right to be concerned these reports are symptoms of public services shortages affecting the quality of services as well as workplace health and safety.

Those working at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry provide a range of public services.

These include research and regulation, services regarding the beef industry as well as fisheries, horticulture and plant health, along with pests and diseases.

While the state government earlier pledged to double food production by 2040 with agriculture as a key state economic focus it is thought this will not be achieved by cutting agriculture research and development.

The results of the PSC Survey were published in December 2013.


Authorised Alex Scott, Secretary, Together.
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