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SEW Overview

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A Healthy and Safe Workplace

The University is committed, through its Work Health and Safety Policy, to provide a healthy and safe workplace for all staff, students and visitors. The Safety, Emergency and Wellbeing (SEW) team is available for consultation on work health and safety matters for the University's community.

The Role of Safety, Emergency and Wellbeing

The SEW team provides support and advice on the University's overall Safety, Emergency and Wellbeing program and pursues a proactive risk management approach to work health and safety issues, in line with the Work Health and Safety Policy and relevant Work Health and Safety Legislation.

SEW provides common work health and safety induction courses as well as training on specific SEW topics; conducts inspections, audits and discussions on Safety, Emergency and Wellbeing across the University; advises on work methods or workplace design in order to accommodate members of the University community with special needs; and provides professional support to the Safety, Emergency and Wellbeing management groups within the University.

SEW coordinates and monitors the rehabilitation progress of staff with work injuries or illnesses including Workers' Compensation, and provides advice to staff who have suffered non-work related injuries or illnesses to assist in their return to work.

Work Groups and Health and Safety Representatives (HSRs)

Work Groups are established at the University and the University actively supports the election of Health and Safety Representatives (HSRs). This is in line with the requirements for consultation, representation and participation under the NT Work Health and Safety (National Uniform Legislation) Act 2011.

Further information about Work Groups and Health and Safety Representatives (HSRs) at the University is available from: Health and Safety Representatives page.

SEW  Training

SEW conducts and/or coordinates a number of SEW training courses for new and current staff as well as members of the University community who wants to develop their SEW understanding and competencies relevant to their jobs at Charles Darwin University. Training needed for a position is usually identified in the Employee Health and Safety Checklist and from the risk assessments for the tasks/ activities usually performed by the role.

Training Course


Delivery mode


Ergonomics in the Workplace 2 hours Online, self-study Mandatory for new employee, self-paced
Fire Awareness and Emergency Evacuation 2 hours Online, self-study Mandatory for new employee, self-paced
Hazardous Chemicals 2 hours In person, internal  
Hazardous Manual Tasks 2 hours In person, internal  
Introduction to Chemwatch 2 hours Online, self-study
Risk Management 3 hours In person, internal
First Aid 2 days In person, external For nominated First Aiders only
Emergency Warden Training 1 day In person, external For nominated Wardens only
Health and Safety Representative training 5 days In person, external For elected Health and Safety Representatives only
Risk Management for Fieldwork 3 hours In person, internal  

Note: Internal/external training courses are delivered on demand, please contact SEW Consultant on 8946 6473 or email to register your interest. Internal training sessions will be organised once there are a minimum of five participants.

Unique Student Identifier (USI)

From 1 January 2015 every person studying a VET course or studying with a private training organisation will require a Unique Student Identifier (USI) when studying nationally recognised training in Australia. The USI will be required when enrolling and you will be unable to obtain your certificate or qualifications without a USI.

Note: The USI is separate from any other student (or staff) number/identifier that has been provided to you by Charles Darwin University.

Please read the Unique Student Identifier (USI) Guide to help you with registering for your USI.


Workplace Assesments

The Safety, Emergency and Wellbeing (SEW) staff conducts workplace assessments for the purpose of validating the implementation of CDU's Safety Management System (SMS). These assessments are conducted based upon the schedule agreed upon with the Pro Vice Chancellors (PVC) at the beginning of the year.

The assessment will be accomplished by undertaking questions and validating responses through walkthrough inspections and review of documentation using the guidelines and checklists in the WHS Assessment Tool. Additionally, SEW will assess the team's incidents for trends, review hazard reports, evacuation exercise performance and ergonomic assessments and make recommendations as warranted and validate corrective action implementation.

The SEW team will provide support for the team until all actions are resolved. SEW will track all actions in the Workplace Assessment Action Log.

Workplace Inspections

Regular self-inspections of work areas are the responsibility of the supervisor or manager of each area concerned. All University campuses and training centres should conduct regular inspections for the purpose of identifying major hazards and risks as well as checking for compliance with the University's SEW management system and other legislative requirements. The findings of self-inspections and corrective actions taken should be documented and made available, on request, to SEW for auditing purposes. The SEW Walkthrough Inspection form is available in the Forms section of the website and may be used as a guide by areas for self-inspection.

Workstation Ergonomics

Workstation Ergonomics and self-setup is a compulsory learning module at CDU. CDU encourages staff to revisit the Ergonomic Workstation Presentation, and the associated Self Setup Guide and Self-Assessment Tool regularly to aid in injury and discomfort prevention. An individual Ergonomic Workstation Assessment may be arranged as required on completion of the learning module and self-setup. See: Ergonomic Workstation Assessment Request Form, Ergonomic Workstation Assessment Form.

Accidents, Incidents, and Injuries

Members of the University community are required to notify SEW of all accidents, incidents, injuries or near misses within 24 hours; immediately if serious. The initial notification may be made by email (preferred) or telephone. Contact details can be found in the Contact section of the navigational pane on the right hand side. The completed Accident, Incident and Injury Report form (available in the Forms section of the website) should then be forwarded to SEW by the involved or injured person as soon as possible. If there is a witness to the accident, incident or injury a Witness to Accident/Injury Report form (available in the Forms section of the website) needs to be completed and submitted.

For assistance, contact the SEW Consultant.

Workers Compensation and Return to Work

Charles Darwin University (CDU) encourages early return to full employment as soon as practicable following an injury or illness. Where possible and appropriate, CDU provides suitable duties during the staff members recovery from injury / illness.

This procedure provides the framework for the safe and early return to work for both work and non-work related, injured / ill staff, across all Charles Darwin University (CDU) Workplaces in compliance to the Return to Work Act 2016 (NT) and Return to Work Regulation 2016 (NT) that applies to work related injuries and illnesses.

For further assistance contact your Supervisor or the IMC (Injury Management Coordinator) on 08 8946 6592 or at

Journey Management

Journey Management at CDU is defined as travelling away from campus to perform CDU business. It may be in a car, plane, bus, truck or boat. It may be with a private or commercial carrier. Regardless of the mode of travel or the distance of travel, it introduces a hazard and associated risk. The effort that we take to control the hazard or mitigate the consequences of an incident that could arise during the journey is proportional to the risk.

Safety, Emergency and Wellbeing (SEW) has developed several tools to assist the CDU traveller in reducing the journey's risk to an acceptable level. These tools are listed below and their application is strongly encouraged.

Finally, it should be noted that these tools are meant only to address the risk of the journey. The risk associated with the actual work or activities that will be performed by the traveller after the journey is concluded will be contained in future references.

CDU Goes Bush

CDU Goes Bush is a Safety, Emergency and Wellbeing (SEW) initiative to provide information on travel to remote communities for CDU staff and students. SEW has identified hazards and associated risks that exist regardless of the location or the community.

SEW is currently developing tools and is using existing external websites to address the risk to CDU staff and students while staying and working in a community to enable them to plan their travel and work as safely as practicable. A CDU goes bush blog is also being developed and will be available soon.

Community Engagement Police Officers (CEPO)CEPO Fact Sheet and Deployment, Contacts and Map

  • Effectively engage in a culturally sensitive manner with their local community members and Service Providers
  • Support Community Safety Committees and Community Safety Action Plans
  • Engage with Community Night Patrols and Community NT Emergency Services Volunteer Units
  • Contacts
    • For local community knowledge, contact the respective council/local authority, or local police station first
    • CEPO general enquiries (08) 8901 0305

NT Government websites BushReady  and BushTel

  • Services available (who to contact) i.e. Local Councils, Accommodation, Police Station, Health Clinics, mobile phone/internet coverage, airstrip maintenance etc.
  • Names of communities i.e. correct spelling or pronunciation, official name such as Wadeye also goes under an alias as Port Keats
  • Languages that may be spoken on a community
  • Transport availability i.e. AirNorth
  • Maps of the community and SLAP maps

NT Road Report
Bureau of Meteorology
Flowcharts for Journey Management

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