Workplace Health and Safety

As a business owner, you must meet the WHS requirements set out in relevant Acts, regulations, codes of practices and other instruments in your State or territory. Businesses can be prosecuted criminally for failures to meet these obligations, and individuals with personal obligations (such as directors) can be subject to gaol terms. Obligations include to provide, so far as is practicable, a safe workplace, safe systems of work and obligations to consult with other duty holders about safety. Ensure your WHS policies are up to date, company with applicable codes of practice, and adequately address all relevant risks is key.

In QLD the following sources of obligations apply for employers.

  • Act: Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (Qld)
  • Regulation: Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 (Qld)
  • Codes: Qld Codes of Practice
  • These are enforced by the regulator Workplace Health and Safety Queensland

In NSW the following sources of obligations apply for employers.

  • Act: Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (NSW)
  • Regulation: Work Health and Safety Regulation 2017 (NSW)
  • Codes: NSW Codes of Practice
  • These are enforced by the regulator SafeWork NSW

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