Safe Work Australia has entered into a new era of leadership after the federal government confirmed its latest top boss.
The federal government confirmed that longtime Safe Work SA administrator Marie Boland will be elevated to the top national job after extensive policy work.
Boland wrote the national review of Australia’s model work health and safety laws in December 2018, known as the Boland review. Boland is currently reviewing the Office of the Federal Safety Commissioner.
“Safe Work Australia needs to be strong, trusted and independent. Boland’s appointment will ensure that,” Workplace Relations Minister Tony Burke said.
“[It] is the national policy setting body for matters relating to work health and safety and workers compensation.
“This includes developing, evaluating and – if necessary – revising national policies and supporting strategies to improve work health and safety and workers’ compensation arrangements across Australia.”
Boland replaces Michelle Baxter, who served in the role from 2015 to 2023. Boland will serve a five-year term in the chief executive position.