Browsing: WHS legislation, regulations, standards and codes (ACT)


WHS amendments to control deadly substance

WHS reforms targeting the multiple subsectors in Canberra that deal with the hazardous substance silica will start taking effect from this month, under a two-tranche strategy announced today.


WHS manslaughter Bill increases fines by 1,000%

The maximum fine for industrial manslaughter in the ACT will jump from less than $2 million to $16.5 million, under a new Bill that transfers the offence from the Crimes Act to the WHS Act, and expands the coverage of the laws.


Industrial death principles; Legislative changes; and more

  • Endorsed industrial death principles released by SWA;
  • Dangerous goods and environmental duties amended in Vic; and
  • Labour-hire scheme with WHS clauses starts in ACT tomorrow.

WHS reforms announced for Workers' Memorial Day

The ACT Government has confirmed plans to transfer the offence of industrial manslaughter from the Crimes Act to its WHS laws, in a move that is likely to increase the maximum fine by millions of dollars.


WHS clauses and PCBU guidance amended

Safe Work Australia has updated the model WHS Regulations and its guidance on the meaning of "person conducting a business or undertaking", while WHS provisions have been amended in NSW and South Australia, and the ACT has established a public register for reporting infringements by WHS licensees.


New WHS right of entry and filming powers commence

WHS entry permit holders are permitted, from today, to photograph or film suspected safety contraventions at ACT workplaces, under a Bill that also adopts $500,000 "prohibited asbestos" fines and amends workers' compensation laws.


COVID-19 recovery toolkit; WHS phone campaign; more

  • NSW's COVID-19 work recovery tool guided by 100 years of crises;
  • SA employers should expect COVID call from a WHS inspector;
  • Vic workers told to keep working at home; and
  • Start date for ACT's labour-hire licensing scheme confirmed.

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