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Category: Legislation

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OHS Budget Boost in ACT

Worksafe ACT has announced a  $5.7 million budget injection to increase the safety regulator’s reach across residential, commercial and civil construction in the territory. Workplace Safety Minister Simon Corbell said budget deliberations had included clear support from all government members to improve safety standards across the city and this would be done through a compliance […]

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WHS Harmonisation Laws Update

 South Australia and Tasmania have now enacted the WHS Act and WHS Regulations in their jurisdictions on 1 January 2013 joining the Commonwealth, New South Wales, Queensland, the Australian Capital Territory, and the Northern Territory. So how are the remaining states doing?

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WA in Fall Protection Swoop

Western Australian roofing contractors have been put on notice: ensure you use fall protection systems, or face fines. In May 2011, a WorkSafe WA inspector observed a self-employed roofing contractor working on a roof at a construction site in Mandurah. He had been engaged by a roofing company to fit all the roofing material, including […]

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Hospitality Operator Fined $20,000

A Launceston hotel owner has been hit with $20,000 in fines after being convicted on workplace safety breaches. Kemoh Tamba, a Liberian refugee, suffered a fractured skull after falling three metres on to a concrete floor at Waratah on York in 2012.

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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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National Model for Workplace Rehab

Safety Concepts has been alerted to the news that the federal government intends to use Comcare to develop a national model for workplace rehabilitation. “Work-related injury and illness has been estimated to cost the nation more than $60 billion every year,” said federal Workplace Relations Minister Bill Shorten in a recent media statement.

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First Aid Not Coming First

  Most Australian workplaces do not have correct first aid equipment and only 13% of Australian workplaces comply with Safe Work Australia’s new code of practice on first aid, according to research by St John Ambulance. But this is only the tip of the iceberg for the crisis in Australian occupational health and safety, which […]

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Duty of Care on Rostered Day Off

Does duty of care extend to workers on rostered days off? A recent court judgement in Queensland makes the case that workers on rostered days off are covered if they are injured in the course of their employment.

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Who is an Officer under New OHS Laws?

New Harmonised OHS laws have been introduced in Australia from January 2012. The laws bring with them certain new definitions. One is the term – “Officer”.  So – how do you know if you are an Officer in the eyes of the new OHS Act? Under the new Harmonised OHS Act an Officer is a senior […]

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What is a PCBU?

Under the new Harmonised OHS laws being slowly adopted by each state is a new definition called a Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking or PCBU. From January 2012 in most states (SA in 2013) the PCBU has the primary duty of care. The reason behind this is to reflect the fact that anyone who […]