Tag: "Australia"


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 […]


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 […]


New OHS Laws Approved in South Australia

A full 10 months after most other states adopted the Harmonised OHS Laws the new legislation was finally passed by the South Australian Parliament on Thursday night. But not everyone is happy with some calling the new laws too harsh and unnecessary.


The Invisible Army

Marissa Deeble from WorkSafe’s Prevention Strategy Division focuses on the safety of workers who perform cleaning tasks. Have you ever thought about the safety of the workers who clean your workshop or office and why are they referred to as the invisible army? Often we focus on the workers who perform ‘high risk’ tasks such […]


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 […]


OH&S Harmonisation Update – SA

South Australian Parliament voted to adjourn debate on the Work Health and Safety (WHS) Bill until 14 February 2012. Accordingly the new WHS legislation will not begin in SA on 1 January 2012 as previously planned. SA Government has every confidence that the nationally harmonised legislation will be approved by Parliament when it resumes in […]


OHS Harmonisation Update – VIC

National harmonisation The Victorian Government has confirmed its support to the principle of harmonisation subject to a satisfactory assessment of the impact and benefits to Victoria.  The Government has initiated a supplementary Victorian specific assessment looking at the impact of the proposed laws on Victoria.  It has stated that this will take several months, and […]


Update On National OHS Laws

The public comment period for the draft model Work Health and Safety Regulations and 12 draft model Codes of Practice closed on 4 April 2011 and Safe Work Australia is currently reviewing over 1300 submissions made across Australia. Issues raised in these submissions are being considered by jurisdictions and employer and union representatives, with plans […]


National OHS Laws Are Coming

National OHS laws are being introduced on 1st January 2012 that will combine all state occupational health and safety legislation across Australia. This will affect all Australian workplaces – yours included. If you’re at all unsure about how this huge change to Australia’s OHS legislation will affect you and your business read on. In 2008, […]


Workplace Bullying and the Work Health and Safety Act 2012

by Bernie Althofer AFAIM, Managing Director of EGL I Assessments Pty Ltd

The OHS harmonization process will revolutionise how individuals and organisations approach workplace bullying …