The WA Government has announced today the development of a modernised Work Health and Safety Bill for Western Australia.
This Bill will replace three acts, the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984, Mines Safety and Inspection Act 1994; and Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Safety Levies Act 2011.
The Bill aims to improve consistency with the rest of Australia and provide the primary legislation for workplace safety and health across all Western Australia industries. It will be supported by several industry-specific regulations to suit WA’s unique conditions, allowing the resources sector to continue to use a risk-based approach.
Petroleum and major hazard facility industries will continue to operate under a safety case approach.
The Government’s single Act approach has been adopted following collaboration between the former departments of Commerce and Mines and Petroleum, which is now the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety.
“The safety and health of workers is a high priority of the McGowan Government,” said Mines and Petroleum and Commerce and Industrial Minister Bill Johnston.
“Occupational, healthy and safety legislation in WA is 30 years old and is out of date.
“This is why we’re taking action – the new Bill is an important step in updating and improving the regulation of workplace health and safety.”
An extensive consultation with stakeholders and community will be done prior to introduction to State Parliament.