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What Business Thinks of Model WHS Laws

Australian business groups have taken opposing positions on changes to the model work health and safety (WHS) laws. Business Council of Australia (BCA) and Ai Group submissions to the Council of Australian Governments’ (COAG) review of the model WHS laws reveal conflicting views. BCA wants the model laws to align more with some elements of […]

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WA and Harmonised WHS Laws

WA and Harmonised WHS Laws

The Western Australian version of the model Work Health and Safety (WHS) Bill will be introduced into the current spring session of state parliament. This will be in the form of a Green Bill, which will be released for public comment until the end of this year. The Western Australian version of the model WHS […]

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What is Wrong With Harmonisation of WHS Laws

What is Wrong With Harmonisation of WHS Laws

Contrary to the rhetoric we hear from Model OHS Law proponents, the Model, its regulations, codes of practice and guidelines add up to an incredible amount of material to be digested. The Model OHS Laws are, in short, unknowable.

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How New OHS Laws Impact Aged Care

How New OHS Laws Impact Aged Care

The new Harmonised OHS Laws affect the aged care workforce in many ways.  Aged care operators in most states in Australia are now covered under the new Work Health and Safety Act 2011. The legislation is uniform and intended to ensure that all workers in Australia have the same standard of health and safety protection […]

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Asbestos Management

Asbestos Management

The items below in relation to asbestos management have changed as a result of the new harmonised laws. A person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) with management or control of a workplace must ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that all asbestos or asbestos containing material (ACM) is identified by a competent person. […]

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Top Five Things You Need To Know About New OHS Laws | health and safety

Top Five Things You Need To Know About New OHS Laws | health and safety

New work health and safety laws commenced in the Commonwealth, New South Wales, Queensland, the Australian Capital Territory, and the Northern Territory on 1st January 2012. Victoria, Western Australia and Tasmania have deferred the implementation of these new laws for a further 12 months and South Australian parliament have voted to adjourn the debate on the WHS Bill until 14 […]

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OH&S Harmonisation Update – TAS

OH&S Harmonisation Update – TAS

Model Work Health and Safety laws will not commence on 1 January 2012 in Tasmania. On 2 December 2011, Tasmania’s Legislative Council amended the start date of the Work Health and Safety Bill 2011 to 1 January 2013. The Bill will be returned to the House of Assembly for consideration of the change when Parliament […]

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OH&S Harmonisation Update – ACT

OH&S Harmonisation Update – ACT

In the second half of 2011, in keeping with the ACT’s commitment to the national harmonisation of health and safety laws, the Legislative Assembly passed a new Work Health and Safety Act 2011. The new Act replaces the previous Work Safety Act 2008 on 1 January 2012.  The Work Safety Act 2008 therefore ceases to […]

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OH&S Harmonisation Update – NT

OH&S Harmonisation Update – NT

The Northern Territory, in conjunction with the Commonwealth and other state and territory governments us committed to improving the work health and safety of all Australian workers and enhancing productivity by harmonising work health and safety legislation across Australia. Model legislation has been developed and all states and territories are committed to enacting the new […]

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OH&S Harmonisation Update – WA

OH&S Harmonisation Update – WA

Western Australia is one of four jurisdictions (including Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia) which will not be adopting the WHS laws from 1 January 2012. The Commonwealth has not provided sufficient time for all Western Australian businesses to come up to speed with the new requirements.  The model WHS regulations are still minus the mining […]

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