SBDC e-news – July 2016 Work health and safety

Work health and safety laws under review – have your say

In 2008, Australian Governments agreed to harmonise work health and safety (WHS) laws across the country. The laws consisted of model regulations and model codes of practice. With the exception of Victoria and Western Australia, every State and Territory, and the Commonwealth, has since implemented a version of the model WHS laws.

While the laws provide the overarching duties for workplace participants, the regulations provide detailed requirements for specific hazards and safe systems of work.

In 2015, the Department of Commerce – WorkSafe Division announced it would be undertaking a review of the model WHS regulations for adoption in WA.

The key principles of the review were to identify where changes could be made to make them more suitable for the WA working environment, increase flexibility and keep the burden of compliance at an acceptable level.

A discussion paper providing a summary of recommended amendments has now been released for public consultation.

All Western Australians with an interest in work health and safety matters are invited to make submissions on any of the recommendations provided in the discussion paper - or any other matters concerning the WHS regulations.

To assist the submission process, templates have been designed and interested parties are encouraged to use one of the templates in their submission.

The closing date for submissions is 31 August 2016

Visit Department of Commerce for the templates and/or more information on how to make a submission.