WorkSafe lays charges over serious swim injury to Ballarat student

The Department of Education and Training (DET) and a private swim centre operator have each been charged by WorkSafe following an incident involving a Ballarat student in 2016.

DET faces one charge of breaching the Occupational Health and Safety Act in that it failed to ensure that students were not exposed to risks to their health and safety arising out of a school-sanctioned swimming program.

De Kort Enterprises Pty Ltd, trading as Swim and Survival Academy, faces one charge of breaching the OHS Act in that it failed to ensure the swimming centre was safe and without health risks.

The charges follow an investigation into an incident in November 2016, in which a primary school student was seriously injured during swimming lessons.

The charges were filed in the Melbourne Magistrates Court yesterday.