Measuring and reporting WHS performance

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In-house delivery

UNSW Canberra Professional Education Courses may be available for in-house delivery at your organisation's premises. In-house courses allow maximum attendance without the additional travel costs. Courses can be developed to suit the specific staff development and training needs of your organisation. Recommended for groups of 10 or more.

Work health and safety (WHS) is a priority issue for many organisations, yet all too often operational and strategic decisions are undermined by a reliance on WHS data that is misunderstood, of poor quality, or simply unavailable. This one-day course explores how to measure, interpret and analyse WHS performance and how to report WHS data in management reports, balanced scorecards and external media such as Annual Reports or Sustainability Reports.

The interactive sessions explore how to identify the lead and lag indicators most likely to add value for different users of decisions; It examines strategies for how and when to use lead or lag key performance indicators to evaluate or to verify WHS performance, and how to present WHS indicators and analysis to ensure reports are both succinct and meaningful.


Sharron O’Neill

Associate Professor Sharron O’Neill

Dr Sharron O'Neill is an Associate Professor in the School of Business, at the University of NSW (Canberra) and a former financial accountant in transport, healthcare and manufacturing organisations. She holds academic and professional accounting qualifications and is a member of CPA Australia, Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ), Australian Institute of Company Directors, and the Safety Institute of Australia (SIA). 

Sharron researches the role of performance measures in governance and accountability, and she has particular expertise in the measurement and reporting of work health and safety (WHS) performance. She leads collaborative research projects involving industry, academia and Government, and recently chaired the Global Reporting Initiative's international project working group to revise the global OHS reporting standard (GRI403). Sharron publishes on WHS performance, WHS management, management accounting, financial accounting, worker entitlements and genetic medicine. She advises government, industry (fund managers, executives and directors) on WHS performance measurement and reporting and presents her research findings at conferences and industry events. 


Course Information

WHS and business performance
Understanding your target audience: who relies on WHS data and why
Getting it right: matching data to the different needs of data users (practical)
Fundamentals of performance measurement:
Measuring injury and illness outcomes: financial versus non-financial data

Measuring WHS performance using lead and lag indicators


Using WHS due diligence to frame WHS reporting
Choosing measures to include in reports
Reporting to an internal audience (Boards, CEOs, Managers, HSCs)
Frameworks for reporting to an external audience (Investors, Creditors, Ministers, Insurers, Public etc)

Courses will be held subject to sufficient registrations. UNSW Canberra reserves the right to cancel a course up to five working days prior to commencement of the course. If a course is cancelled, you will have the opportunity to transfer your registration or be issued a full refund. If registrant cancels within 10 days of course commencement, a 50% registration fee will apply. UNSW Canberra is a registered ACT provider under ESOS Act 2000-CRICOS provider Code 00098G.