The Australian Council of Trade Unions has confirmed ahead of its triennial congress that it will continue its fight for industrial manslaughter to be an offence under OHS laws or other appropriate legislations.
The ACTU says that these charges should be laid if death, illness, disease or serious harm is the result of reckless or negligent conduct by another person.
Meanwhile, the Victorian Treasurer has expressed during his 2012-13 budget speech that Victoria will not sign up to the current proposal for harmonised work health and safety legislation.
“It offers little benefit for Victoria to offset the $3.4 billion of estimated costs, the majority of which falls on small business. Victoria will continue to work towards best practice legislation,” said Kim Wells.
On the federal budget front, it is noted that the Office of the Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate will commence 1 June 2012. It will replace the Australian Building and Construction Commissioner (ABCC).
“The staff, assets, liabilities and departmental appropriations of the ABCC will transfer to the Office of the Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate,” the 2102-13 federal budget paper says.
The Office of the Fair Work Building Industry Inspectorate will receive a funding allocation of $124.8 million over five years from 2011-12.