25 June 2019
As reported in March this year, an independent review of the harmonised Work Health & Safety (WHS) laws in Australia produced a series of recommendations to assist in delivering clarity, consistency and effective operation and enforcement of the laws (review). Now, Safe Work Australia is seeking public comment on those recommendations.
The Review examined the operation and effectiveness of WHS laws in all jurisdictions in Australia. In total there were 34 recommendations made by the Review ranging from broad recommendations on the role of Safe Work Australia, right down to very detailed recommendations about aligning dates for compliance with notices for production of documents, photo ID on construction industry White Cards and a suggested review of the high risk work licence classes for cranes.
In our earlier article, we noted that there were a number of recommendations that could have, if implemented, immediate practical consequences for organisations. These included:
Your feedback is needed by 5 August 2019
Safe Work Australia has stated that it is particularly interested in feedback on the recommendations that may have the greatest impact on workers, business and the community, including:
Safe Work Australia has set up a consultation page with information and details on how you can participate.
Author: Michael Selinger
Michael Selinger, Partner
T: +61 2 8083 0430
Stephen Trew, Managing Partner, Sydney
T: +61 2 8083 0439
Charles Power, Partner
T: +61 3 9321 9942
Benjamin Marshall, Partner
T: +61 3 9321 9864
Rachel Drew, Partner
T: +61 7 3135 0617
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