The WorkSafe Legislation Amendment Bill 2017 has passed the Parliament (22/6/2017), and will amend the State Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004, Accident Compensation Act 1985, Dangerous Goods Act 1985 and Workplace Injury Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2013.
The amendments have significantly increased the penalties for Failing to notify WorkSafe of serious incidents or preserve serious incident sites, changing it to an indictable rather than just summary offences, and increasing the fines to $186,552 (1200 penalty units) for bodies corporate and to $46,638 (300 units for individuals).
The bill also created a new offence for contravening an enforceable undertaking with a maximum fine of $388,650 (2500 penalty units) for a body corporate and $77,730 (500 units) for a natural person, and ensuring proceedings relating to the initial safety breach can be reinstated or issued if an undertaking is contravened or withdrawn by consent.
It is now only an indictable offence to provide false or misleading information when complying or purportedly complying with the Act or the Regulations.
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