Safe Work Australia calls for public comment on model work health and safety (WHS) laws


Safe Work Australia welcomes public comment on model work health and safety (WHS) laws.

Independent reviewer, Marie Boland leads the public consultation process, recently released a discussion paper and calls for submissions from businesses, workers, regulators and anyone with an interest in the model WHS laws.

“We want to hear your thoughts on the model WHS laws – what is working, what doesn’t work, and whether the laws have resulted in any unintended consequences,” she said.

“The discussion paper poses a number of questions about key parts of the laws we are particularly keen to explore, including the duties framework, penalties regime, the compliance and enforcement scheme, and consultation, participation and issue resolution provisions.”

Safe Work Australia’s Chair, Diane Smith-Gander also invited interested stakeholders to share their views.

“Work health and safety is something that affects all workers. No matter what industry you work in or what part you play in your workplace, I encourage you to have a voice,” said Ms. Smith-Gander.

“Your experiences and insights are invaluable to the review process. Safe Work Australia is committed to ensuring the model WHS laws are as effective as possible to keep Australian workers healthy and safe.”

Safe Work Australia is the national policy body tasked to develop and evaluate the model WHS laws. The model WHS laws have been implemented in all Australian jurisdictions except Victoria and Western Australia.

The review is part of the original plan to review the model WHS laws regularly to ensure they continue operating effectively.

Written submissions can be made until Friday 13 April 2018.

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