1st January 2012 will see the commencement of the model Work Health and Safety Act (WHS Act) and accompanying regulations. It is proposed that by the end of 2011, all existing state and territory OHS laws will be replaced by the WHS laws.
The harmonisation of the WHS laws will bring change and new opportunities. Business SA is currently planning education seminars to ensure all businesses are prepared and informed.
Frequently Asked Questions
What will the new legislation be called?
Once enacted in South Australia, the legislation and regulations will be called:
- The Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (SA)
- The Work Health and Safety Regulations 2011 (SA)
What happens until 1 January 2012?
In South Australia, we will continue to operate under the Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare Act 1986, Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare Regulations 2010 until 31 December 2011.
What are the main benefits of the new national work health and safety laws?
The proposed laws will ensure greater safety protection for all workers and ensure there are consistent high standards across all states and territories. The duties contained in the nationally harmonised system will ensure that all workers are provided with protection while at work, whether they are employees, contractors or labour-hire workers. Recognition of licences and training will also be consistent across all states and territories.
It will also increase labour mobility by providing recognition of licences and training across all states and territories.
How can I keep informed of the changes and education opportunities?
Business SA will have a dedicated section within our website with current information and links to other relevant websites.
Once confirmed details of changes are passed through Parliament, we will be facilitating metropolitan and regional events and seminars to ensure that all businesses are informed and prepared for this change prior to 1 January 2012.