Cth: Delayed Start to Model Regulations

Reported by Admin | 28 Nov, 2011

The Federal Government has announced a delayed start to the model WHS Regulations, with provisos. Companies forced to make “significant changes” to comply with national occupational health and safety laws will have an extra 12 months to comply, after Victoria and Western Australia said they would not reach the January 2012 deadline due to delays …

NSW: Government delays implementation of WHS Laws

Reported by Admin | 27 Oct, 2011

The NSW Government has submitted an Amendment Bill to Parliament that changes the implementation date of the model Work Health and Safety Bill from January 1, 2012 to the ‘date of proclamation’ in that State. In doing so, NSW follows WA and Victoria in delaying the harmonisation of work health and safety laws.  The NSW Government …

Cth: New Legislation for Confidential Safety Reporting

Reported by Admin | 16 Oct, 2011

New draft regulations for confidential safety-reporting in the transport industry have been released for public comment. The scheme covers rail, aviation and maritime industries. Existing confidential reporting (REPCON) regulations do not cover the rail industry. The scheme protects the identity of people reporting safety concerns. “In this environment, the reporter may feel more confident about coming …

NSW: NSW Minerals Council Calls for Uniform Mining Regulations

Reported by Admin | 26 Jul, 2011

The mining industry’s three-day Occupational Health and Safety conference kicked-off yesterday in the Hunter Valley. Speaking at the conference, Nikki Williams, Chief Executive of the New South Wales Minerals Council has warned against each Australian state developing its own mining regulations, saying it will put the health and safety of workers at risk. Under the new …

Cth: Legislative Changes to Maritime Law

Reported by Admin | 21 Jul, 2011

From January 2013, the way commercial vessel safety in Australia is regulated and operated will change in three ways: A proposed Maritime Safety (National Law) Act will apply to operations of the domestic commercial vessel fleet; Domestic commercial vessel safety will be regulated under one national law – a National System for Commercial Vessel Safety …

VIC: New Dangerous Goods Regulations

Reported by Admin | 19 Jul, 2011

Effective as of 26 June 2011, the Dangerous Goods (Explosives) Regulations 2011 replaced the Dangerous Goods (Explosives) Regulations 2000. WorkSafe Victoria has released a fact sheet outlining the legislative changes. There is a 12 month transition period that means any activity under the 2000 Regulations will remain lawful for 12 months after the new regulations …

Cth: New Mining Legislation Released by Safe Work Australia

Reported by Admin | 15 Jul, 2011

Today, Safe Work Australia released model safety and health legislation for Australia’s mining industry. The draft legislation is open to public comment. The safety watchdog, in conjunction with the National Mine Safety Framework (NMSF), have released draft model Work Health and Safety Regulations, model Codes of Practice and an Issues Paper. The NMSF is an initiative of …

Cth: Draft OHS Laws Introduced into Federal Parliament

Reported by Admin | 07 Jul, 2011

The federal Government introduced the Commonwealth Work Health and Safety (WHS) Bill into parliament’s lower house last week. Once the Commonwealth Bill passes federal parliament it will form part of the nationally harmonised occupational health and safety laws. The introduction of the Commonwealth WHS Bill follows the introduction and passing of WHS Bills in other states …

ACT: New OHS Legislation Tabled in Parliament

Reported by Admin | 28 Jun, 2011

On 23 June 2011, the ACT Minister for Industrial Relations introduced the Work Health and Safety Bill 2011 into the ACT’s Legislative Assembly. The proposed legislation would totally replace the Work Safety Act 2008 with effect from 1 January 2012. The Bill has been developed under the Inter- Governmental Agreement for Regulatory and Operational Reform …

NSW: New OH&S Laws do not Apply Retrospectively

Reported by Admin | 14 Jun, 2011

In spite of changes to OH&S legislation in New South Wales last month, many companies will face charges under the state’s old laws. There were 67 cases before the Industrial Relations Commission when the Coalition’s workplace reforms passed parliament in May. Those companies had been charged under Labor’s former occupational health and safety laws, where employers are …

QLD: Proposed Change to Licensing for Asbestos Removal

Reported by Admin | 07 Jun, 2011

Under the current Workplace Health and Safety Regulation 2008 (QLD) there are two types of licences relating to asbestos removal work. An ‘A’ class licence, which is held by a business, covers all asbestos removal work, that is, both friable and bonded (or non-friable) asbestos. A ‘B’ class licence, which is held by an individual, covers …

QLD: OHS Harmonisation Laws Passed

Reported by Admin | 29 May, 2011

The Work Health and Safety Bill 2011 passed through the Queensland Parliament on Thursday. The Bligh government has become the first state in Australia to pass the Work Health and Safety Bill as part of the three year national reform agenda. NSW followed suit on Friday, with the Upper House of that state also passing workplace …

NSW: Amended OH&S Bill is Passed

Reported by Admin | 29 May, 2011

Employers will no longer have to prove their innocence when facing a workplace safety hearing under new workplace safety laws passed on Friday in NSW. However, under the amendments, the unions’ right to prosecute employers in certain cases has been retained. The NSW upper house passed the workplace safety laws after the Shooters and Fishers …

WA: Parliament Debates OH&S Legislation

Reported by Admin | 08 Apr, 2011

Western Australia’s Parliament yesterday debated whether to amend the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Criminal Code to include Industrial Manslaughter. The consequence of the legislative amendment, according to the Greens MP Alison Xamon, is that senior managers could face manslaughter charges if an employee dies as a result of their negligence or recklessness. Ms Xamon …

SA: New Workplace Safety Bill Tabled

Reported by Admin | 07 Apr, 2011

A new workplace safety bill will be introduced into the South Australian Parliament today. As a result, South Australia will become the first state to formally begin the process of harmonising Australia’s workplace safety laws. Industrial Relations Minister, Bernard Finnigan said the Work Health and Safety Bill 2011 was an important moment in the history of …

VIC: New Plan to Imprison Workplace Bullies

Reported by Admin | 01 Nov, 2010

Tougher laws may be in place for Victorian workplace bullies, which includes imprisonment, if the Brumby Government retains power. Premier John Brumby said a review by the Victorian Law Reform Commission was important to ensure victims’ rights were protected. “Bullying is an insidious crime, which can have the most damaging ramifications for individuals,” he said. …

QLD: Update on National Harmonisation of OHS Laws

Reported by Admin | 22 Oct, 2010

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ) has affirmed its commitment for the harmonisation Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) laws, stating that it will continue working with other jurisdictions over the coming year. Workplace Relations Ministers from around Australia had come to a consensus in 2008 to nationally harmonise OHS laws. Currently, Safe Work Australia is …

ACT: Bridge Collapse May Lead to Regulatory Changes

Reported by Admin | 18 Oct, 2010

New regulations may be in the horizon for the construction industry as a result of a bridge collapse in August, ACT Work Safe says. 18 workers were injured when a bridge over the Barton Highway crashed during a concrete pour. Federal Assistant Treasurer Bill Shorten says they are looking to improve the current safety regulations. …

TAS: Asbestos Compensation Proposal Released for Public Comment

Reported by Admin | 18 Oct, 2010

The Tasmanian Government is proposing a new scheme to compensate asbestos victims. The details of the proposal have been released to the public for comment, People who developed diseases due to asbestos exposure in the workplace could be eligible under the compensation scheme. They would be eligible for up to half a million dollars, to …

VIC: Work Safe Week Seminars Announced

Reported by Admin | 22 Sep, 2010

Work Safe Victoria is gearing up to celebrate its 18th annual Work Safe Week on October. WorkSafe is preparing a series of talks for the state’s premier safety event, which will be held from Monday 25 to Friday 29 October. The safety watchdog is going to discuss a wide range of safety topics at venues …