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Mock Trial in WHS Training


On Monday nine Central Desert Regional Council (CDRC) staff undertook a mock trial event for their final unit of Certificate IV Work Health and Safety (WHS) in the Alice Springs office. It took place in the lunchroom upstairs, with the presiding judge Rob Wallace, the trainer from Balance HR and Municipal Training that delivered the training.

In the trial one team represented NT Worksafe and the other team represented CDRC in a case study of a scenario where a contractor using a Council vehicle was injured in a roll-over on the road to Engawala. To succeed in the trial the teams had to reference legislation and prepare documents for submission.

The mock trial was the culmination of a Certificate IV in WHS that Council staff started back in November last year. The training was disrupted by COVID-19 so there were some long gaps in program delivery. Another three staff members will sit the final trial in February to get the sign off.

The verdict? Possibly guilty so the prosecution team (NT Worksafe) were the victors of the mock trial, but each staff member was a winner of the Certificate IV.

The aim of staff completing the certificate was for CDRC Managers based in Community as well as Alice Springs to be aware of their legislative responsibilities under WHS and for them to provide WHS leadership and knowledge to their teams – with the support of the CDRC People and Culture team of course!

Next year CDRC is offering Certificate IV in Local Government and have close to twenty staff enrolled. It’s great to see staff embracing training opportunities and achieving great results.