The Federal Safety Commissioner

Established in 2005, the Federal Safety Commissioner works with industry and government stakeholders towards achieving the highest possible occupational health and safety standards on Australian building and construction projects.
The key functions of the FSC (and the office) include:
  • promoting sustainable WHS cultural change in the building and construction industry;
  • developing and administering the Work Health and Safety Accreditation Scheme; and
  • identifying and progressing initiatives to improve WHS performance. 
Delegation by Federal Safety Commissioner
The FSC has the power under the Building and Construction Industry (Improving Productivity) Act 2016 to delegate some or all of his powers and functions.
The Office of the Federal Safety Commissioner
The Office of the Federal Safety Commissioner (OFSC) is part of the Department of Jobs and Small Business. The OFSC aims to promote and improve WHS in the Australian building and construction industry, by providing administrative support to the functions of the Federal Safety Commissioner.
Federal Safety Commissioner Biography: Grant Lovelock
Grant Lovelock was appointed as the Federal Safety Commissioner in February 2018.
Grant joined the Department of Jobs and Small Business (then Department of Employment) in July 2017, leading building and construction policy functions.
Prior to joining the Department Grant worked extensively in skills and vocational training policy at the Federal level in both the education and industry portfolios. Most recently in senior executive roles leading national policy and funding reform, particularly in relation to the Government’s annual investment of over $1.0 billion to support apprenticeships, trade training pathways and industry workforce training delivery. This included management of policy for the Australian Apprenticeship Incentives Programme, Industry Skills Fund and Australian Apprenticeships Support Services.
As a senior executive in Office for the Arts, Grant led delivery of a number of policy and funding activities, including oversight of governance reforms to the Australian Government’s 12 statutory arts organisations and delivery of the annual Prime Minister’s Literary Awards programme. In addition, Grant managed an annual budget of over $35 million for projects and organisations to support the protection, participation and celebration of Indigenous culture through languages and arts and quadrennial funding arrangements to support regional and community arts participation for artists and audiences.
Grant has worked across the main stables of public administration, including strategy and policy design, funding and program delivery and governance. This includes senior executive roles in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Department of Regional Australia, Arts and Sport, the Attorney-General’s Department, the Department of Industry and the Department of Education and Training. Prior to joining the Australian Public Service Grant held roles in frontline education delivery and administration with the ACT Government, predominantly working with students with learning barriers in classroom settings.