Nine specialist construction inspectors were among the graduates; the first of 40 to be recruited over four years as part of a government commitment to ensure safety during Victoria’s infrastructure boom.
WorkSafe inspectors are on the frontline of keeping workers safe and healthy at work and made 48,652 workplace inspections in the 2018/19 financial year.
The new recruits were chosen from a pool of 1100 applicants and come from a variety of backgrounds including emergency services, construction, mining, and the military.
Six graduates were chosen internally and transferred from other WorkSafe teams.
The successful applicants have completed a rigorous three month training and induction program that included classroom based learning, scenario and simulation training and field placements to prepare them for their new role.
Member for Lara John Eren joined WorkSafe Chief Executive Colin Radford to congratulate the graduates and officially welcome them into the inspectorate.
Mr Radford said WorkSafe inspectors had a unique and important role to play when it came to keeping Victoria’s 272,000 workplaces safe.
“Inspectors have an obligation to enforce the law and ensure employers who do the wrong thing are held to account,” Mr Radford said.
“They also provide advice on how to reduce risks to health and safety in a wide range of industries and workplaces.
“WorkSafe must continue to recruit inspectors from a diverse range of backgrounds to ensure we have the skills, knowledge and expertise to keep all Victorian workers safe.
“I thank all of our graduates for their commitment to ensuring more workers go home to their loved ones safely each day.”