Measuring and reporting WHS performance

Measuring and Reporting


Course Overview:

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.

Who Should Attend:

This course is extremely relevant to anyone who measures, analyses or reports WHS performance data and wants to improve the quality of information they generate. They include WHS and HR professionals, communications officers, accountants and business analysts. The course may also be useful to managers who need to rely on WHS data and wish to improve their understanding of key metrics and of the overall quality of the WHS performance information they receive.

Course Outline:

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)



Canberra & Sydney 


All states, contact the Professional Education Course Unit for more information. Recommended for groups of 10 or more. 

What you will receive:

  • Course notes
  • UNSW Canberra certificate of attendance
  • Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea

Presenter Information:

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. 

*Please note that a discounted rate for group bookings and not-for-profit organisations may be available.  Please contact PSRG at for further information.

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