The model takes into account a company's level of compliance with the requirements of the Scheme based on a range of indicators including audit performance, the nature and prevalence of WHS incidents on work sites and meeting conditions of accreditation.

Companies that are able to demonstrate a high level of compliance over an extended period of time will be allocated a 'Low' risk rating and benefit from earned autonomy with fewer safety audits, reduced post-audit actions and a streamlined reaccreditation process.

Companies with inconsistent or poor records of compliance are allocated higher risk ratings and will be audited more frequently, may have more intensive post audit or ongoing actions to complete and are required to undergo a more extensive reaccreditation process, including a reaccreditation audit.

The OFSC does not publicly discuss or externally publish an accredited company’s risk rating. All accredited companies, regardless of their risk rating, are meeting the requirements of the Scheme, however, the OFSC works more closely with those allocated higher risk ratings to improve their level of compliance.

This risk-based model ensures resources are directed towards those accredited companies at most risk of non-compliance with the Scheme, while reducing the compliance burden of companies that consistently demonstrate compliance.