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Contractor management

At Central Highlands Regional council, safety is our number one priority. We want everyone to go home safely at the end of each day.

Recently, we overhauled our contractor management system to encourage contract partners to meet the same high safety standards that our own employees work under.

Our Contractor Management System helps to ensure that contractors meet safety compliance requirements while assisting contractors to mobilise quickly and easily.  There are a series of legislative requirements that must be completed or undertaken by the contractor prior to commencing work with council. Please be aware that these requirements may vary between sites or activities. Site specifics and further information can be obtained from your council representative (contract owner). Please check with them prior to arrival on site.

All contractors MUST register in council’s contractor data base SITEPASS and complete the safety induction prior to commencing work with council. Information on how to register and the link to SITEPASS can be found in the ‘Documents and Links’ section below.

The contractor process requires that all documentation must be available for review by council upon request. It is mandatory that all contractors registering with council must upload their proof of identification onto their SITEPASS profile.

If you are conducting minor works for council you will be required to complete a Contractor Safety Permit in conjunction with your council representative, prior to commencing. For larger works, council’s tender engagement process applies.

Council’s hazard management process, Authority to Work is available for all contractors to use, and may assist in determining if there is a need for further risk management practices such as Safe Work Method Statements (SWMS) or a Permit to Work.

A contractor may use their own safety documentation providing it meets both legislative and council’s standards.

To assist you in meeting your workplace health & safety obligations, various resources are available below.

If you have any concerns or questions, please call us on 1300 242 686 and ask to speak with your council representative.

Assistance is also available through Work Cover Queensland who have a Small Business Program which provides free work health and safety advisory services throughout Queensland – for more information, please click on this link.

  • Documents and Links
  • Safe Work Method Statements

    A work method statement, sometimes referred to as a safe work method statement of SWMS or a safe work procedure, is a part of a workplace safety plan.

    It is primarily used in construction to describe a document that gives specific instructions on how to safely perform a work-related task or operate a piece of plant or equipment.

    Safe Work Australia and Work Cover Queensland can provide a variety of information regarding

    A SWMS MUST be provided for any of the following High Risk Construction Work which:

    • involves a risk of a person falling more than 2 m
    • is carried out on a telecommunication tower
    • involves demolition of an element of a structure that is load-bearing
    • involves demolition of an element of a structure that is related to the physical integrity of the structure
    • involves, or is likely to involve, disturbing asbestos
    • involves structural alteration or repair that requires temporary support to prevent collapse
    • is carried out in or near a confined space
    • is carried out in or near a shaft or trench deeper than 1.5 m or a tunnel
    • involves the use of explosives
    • is carried out on or near pressurised gas mains or piping
    • is carried out on or near chemical, fuel or refrigerant lines
    • is carried out on or near energised electrical installations or services
    • is carried out in an area that may have a contaminated or flammable atmosphere
    • involves tilt-up or precast concrete
    • is carried out on, in or adjacent to a road, railway, shipping lane or other traffic corridor in use by traffic other than pedestrians
    • is carried out in an area of a workplace where there is any movement of powered mobile plant
    • is carried out in areas with artificial extremes of temperature
    • is carried out in or near water or other liquid that involves a risk of drowning
    • involves diving work.


  • Permit to Work
  • Asbestos Removal Works

    Prior to Removal

    • Asbestos Removal Control Plans and Asbestos Management Plans Register
    • WHS QLD Form 65 – completed 5 days prior to work commencing
    • Fit Test Certificates
    • Licenses (Nominated Supervisors, Assessor Licence, Business Class A and Class B Licences)

    During the Work

    After Completion

    • Waste Tracking Form
    • Asbestos Clearance Certificate with supporting air monitoring results
    • Copy of all relevant documentation to be forwarded to

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