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Safe Work Australia seeking feedback on Model WHS laws

Feedback is sought on Model WHS Laws
Safe Work Australia is seeking feedback on model WHS Laws

Safe Work Australia has invited feedback on the recommendations of the review of the model WHS laws

The model WHS laws were reviewed in 2018. The Review of the model WHS laws: Final report was released on February 2019 and includes 34 recommendations.

A Consultation Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) on these recommendations is open until 5 August. Submissions can be made online.

Safe Work Australia welcomes feedback and comments from all stakeholders who may be impacted by the recommendations.


We are particularly interested in feedback on the review recommendations that may have the greatest impact on workers, business and the community, including:

  • introducing regulations dealing with psychosocial health
  • new arrangements for health and safety representatives (HSR) and work groups in small businesses
  • clarifying workplace entry of HSR assistants and WHS entry permit holders
  • providing HSRs with choice of training course
  • providing a process for resolving disputes about WHS issues
  • including gross negligence as an element of the Category 1 offence, and
  • introducing an industrial manslaughter offence.

Safe Work Australia has set up a consultation page with information and details on how you can participate. You can also download the Model WHS Laws review here

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