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 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: Alan Edwards

Alan Edwards was appointed Federal Safety Commissioner for the building and construction industry in February 2013.

Since he returned to the Australian Public Service in 2005, Mr Edwards has managed the implementation of multi-billion dollar infrastructure programs across the child care, schooling and vocational training sectors. Prior to his appointment as Federal Safety Commissioner, Mr Edwards was Branch Manager, Infrastructure Program Delivery, in the Department of Education.

Before 2005, Mr Edwards spent a number of years as Director of his own consultancy company, which undertook a wide range of projects related to the motor trades industries for both public and private sector clients.

Alan Edwards’ early career was also in the public sector. He started as a graduate recruit in the Commonwealth Department of Finance in 1985. After leaving the Department of Finance in 1993, he went on to work in several departments undertaking a diverse range of senior roles including Director of an arts agency and overseeing a $600 million asset sale.

Photo of Federal Safety Commissioner Alan Edwards

Federal Safety Commissioner Alan Edwards