Tougher penalties for workplace safety offences in WA

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Tougher penalties for workplace safety offences have come into effect in Western Australia.

The penalties are consistent with the national model Work Health and Safety Act.

The new laws increase the maximum term of imprisonment from two years to five years and increase fines for body corporate.

Level 4 offences now attract a maximum $2.7 million penalty for first offenders and $3.5 million for subsequent offenders up from $500,000 and $625,000 respectively.

Level 1 penalties have increased from $50,000 to $450,000 for first offenders and from $62,500 to $570,000 for subsequent offences.

Premier Mark McGowan said the significant increases reflect the seriousness of ensuring the safety of Western Australian workers.

“All workers have the right to return home safely from work, and my Government is committed to improving workplace health and safety laws,”¬†Premier Mark McGowan said.

Acting Commerce and Industrial Relations Minister Francis Logan said he is confident the new penalties will meet community expectations and improve safety in the Western Australian workplace.

“The McGowan Government is working on modernising other workplace health and safety laws, which we hope to introduce to State Parliament next year,” Mr. Logan said.

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