The Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission (WHSCC) says it has zero tolerance when it comes to unauthorized access to confidential files.
Last Friday, the commission issued a statement saying an employee had accessed the files of a dozen workers over three years, with "no justifiable work purpose."
CEO Leslie Galway says she only learned of the situation a day earlier, and immediately ordered an investigation.
According to Galway, one person is involved in the privacy breach. That person has been sent home and relieved of their duties pending the results of the full investigation.
"At this point we feel the person did go into the files and didn't back out of them right away," Galway said. "Our system is set up so that if anyone does enter into a claim file, it leaves a footprint."
Galway says anyone who views a specific file without a valid business purpose at WHSCC is considered to have committed a breach.
She says this is the first incident of its kind at the commission.