WHS Harmonisation Update- August 2012


WHS Harmonisation Update- August 2012

Commonwealth 1st January 2013
New South Wales 1st January 2012
Australian Capital Territory 1st January 2012
Queensland 1st January 2012
Northern Territory 1st January 2012
Tasmania 1st January 2013
South Australia Currently before state parliament. Subject to the passage of the Bill through parliament, the laws are due to commence on 1st January 2013.
Western Australia The Western Australian Government has issued budgeted for introduction and has a public discussion paper on the propose legislation.
Victoria Not yet introduced into state parliament. No date set

Model Work Health and Safety laws commencement dates:

Transitional arrangements
Transitional arrangements under the Act and Regulations in each jurisdiction will allow duty holders a period of time to make necessary adjustments in order to comply with any new requirements.

Model Codes of Practice
Model Codes of Practice are based on existing codes and guidance available in most jurisdictions. Existing jurisdictional codes will remain in force until a replacement model Code of Practice is approved.

State Website
Commonwealth http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au
ACT http://www.worksafe.act.gov.au/page/view/2798#Overview
NSW http://www.workcover.nsw.gov.au/lawpolicy/codesofPractice/Pages/default.aspx
NT http://www.worksafe.nt.gov.au/Legislation/New%20Work%20Health%20and%20Safety%20Laws/Page s/Transitional-Arrangements.
QLD http://www.deir.qld.gov.au/workplace/law/whslaws/index.htm
TAS http://worksafe.tas.gov.au/model_whs_act/implementation_process
SA http://www.safework.sa.gov.au/whs/

New National Laws

Queensland has passed national legislation for Heavy Vehicles and the Commonwealth has passed national legislation for Maritime Safety (Domestic Commercial Vessel). As the other jurisdictions introduce mirror laws on these two bills it is expected that safety standards will improve and confusion around requirements when crossing state and territory borders will be eliminated.

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