|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 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.
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.