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The Australian Trade Commission (Austrade) has completed a court enforceable undertaking (EU) with Comcare requiring it to develop a program to review its electrical contractor management safety procedures, with the aim of developing a “best practice” program for the engagement and management of electrical contractor safety at Austrade.

The undertaking arose out of an incident that occurred on 6 August 2009 at Austrade’s Canberra office where a contractor, engaged to provide an electrical fit-out in relation an office reconfiguration, suffered an electrical shock.

The two major components of the EU were:

  • Review Austrade’s Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OHSMS) to identify changes and develop a new OHSMS, which in to be implemented within 24 months of the Undertaking Date.
  • The development and publishing of an Electrical Contractor Safety Program Guide to assist the implementation of safe systems of work which address safety issues that arise in the context of facilities management and electrical contractor management.

A copy of the undertaking is available:

A copy of Austrade’s Electrical Contractor Safety Program Guide is available at:

The guide is publicly available at no cost and free from copyright.

Page last updated: 27 May 2014