WA budget ditches harmonisation plans


WA budget ditches harmonisation plans


The Western Australian Government is unlikely to introduce harmonised WHS laws in the foreseeable future, with its new budget making no reference to the legislation, and the Attorney- General championing the successes of the current OSH Act.

The 2014-15 budget, handed down in early May, makes no mention of the model WHS Act which is particularly conspicuous - and concerning for harmonisation proponents.

The Western Australian Department of Mines and Petroleum's (DMP's) ministerial advisory made an announcement in April that the State Government was likely to introduce two mirror WHS Bills (one for the resources sector and one for general industry) to Parliament by September, and pass them by the end of the year.

But the budget didn't allocate additional funds to the DMP or WorkSafe WA for the implementation of new safety laws.

The Western Australian Government is still considering the implications of the national model legislation and its impact on workplaces in Western Australia, being that up to 97 per cent of the State's businesses could be affected by the proposed laws without experiencing measurable improvements in workplace safety.

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