In July 2017, the State government announced the development of a modernised Work Health and Safety Act for Western Australia, based on the national model Work Health and Safety Bill. This new legislation is intended to replace three acts; the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984, Mines Safety and Inspection Act 1994, and Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Safety Levies Act 2011.
Following this announcement, the Cabinet of Western Australia established the Ministerial Advisory Panel (MAP) on Work Health and Safety (WHS) Reform to provide advice on adopting the model WHS laws in Western Australia. The MAP has now provided its advice to the Minister and prepared a report that is now available for public comment.
The Western Australian Government is now seeking your comments on the proposals to modernise Western Australia’s WHS laws. Anyone interested in contributing to the development of the new legislation is invited to comment on the recommendations. The public consultation period closes on 31 August 2018.
Information sessions are being conducted across the Perth metropolitan area and regional locations during July and August. A list of dates and times can be found here
A copy of the recommendations, together with supporting information and how you can make a submission is available on the Modernising work health and safety laws in WA webpage.