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To proactively promote good work safety and hygiene practices with an aim to prevent injury and disease within the South Australian mining and quarrying sector.

Strategic Plan

Strategic Plan 2015 - 2017

Annual Reports

04-05 Annual Report

05-06 Annual Report

06-07 Annual Report

07-08 Annual Report

08-09 Annual Report

09-10 Annual Report

10-11 Annual Report

11-12 Annual Report

12-13 Annual Report

13-14 Annual Report

14-15 Annual Report

15-16 Annual Report



About the Committee

The Mining and Quarrying Occupational Health and Safety Committee ('MAQOHSC') aims to promote high occupational health and safety standards to prevent injury and disease in the mining and quarrying industry within South Australia.

The Committee was established under the Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare Act, 1986 and continues existence under the Work Health & Safety Act 2012 (SA). Its principal function is to administer expenditure from the Mining and Quarrying Industries Fund.

Mining and Quarrying Industries Fund

The fund was originally set up in 1941 under the Workmen's Compensation (Silicosis) Scheme and was administered by the Silicosis Committee. Interest on the investments is now used to fund MAQOHSC's initiatives that minimise injury and disease and promote improved occupational health and safety practices in the SA mining and quarrying industries.


The Act provides that the Committee may utilise the fund for the following purposes:

  • To promote and support practices and procedures designed to protect workers from
  • To support education in occupational health and safety in the mining and
    quarrying industries.
  • To initiate or support research and studies into occupational health and safety that
    could benefit workers in the industries.
  • To promote and support people or organisations working to prevent, alleviate, or
    treat the kinds of disabilities suffered by workers in the industries.
  • To support any other kind of activity that could directly or indirectly improve
    occupational health and safety or assist rehabilitation of disabled workers in those industries.

Strategic directions

  • Achieve an effective working relationship between the Committee and industry partners (employers, employees, unions, government agencies and professionals) to achieve best occupational health and safety practice.
  • Identify existing and emerging trends regarding the WHS needs of the industries.
  • Develop and implement practical occupational health, safety and welfare initiatives.
  • Ensure that funds are administered efficiently and that effective performance measures are set.
  • Develop consistent WHS and safety data standards that meets industry objectives and support the National Mine Safety Framework.

Our priority issues

  • developing safety culture
  • safe machine guarding
  • safe design of fixed and mobile plant
  • controlled manual handling activities
  • airborne dust (particularly silicosis) control 
  • high noise and accompanying vibration
  • develop effective WHS systems for control of contractors / contract labour
  • elimination of diseases with a long latency (e.g. silicosis)
  • setting-up effective health surveillance
  • ensuring all are 'fit for work'