Australia: Occupational Health & Safety - What's News? - 7 February 2012

Last Updated: 11 February 2012
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Practice Notes

WHS laws now in action
The Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws commenced on 1 January and will affect you and your organisation. Comcare's WHS website includes new guidance and resources to assist you (23 January 2012) More...

CTH: Reminder: Commonwealth Work Health and Safety Act 2011
January 01 2012 marks the commencement of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (Cth) (WHS Act) for the Commonwealth jurisdiction. The WHS Act replaces the now retracted Occupational Health and Safety Act 1991 For more information, see the Work Health and Safety website.

NSW: High risk work licences
The arrangements for high risk work (HRW) licensing in NSW are substantially the same as current arrangements, although there are some administrative changes that will impact registered training organisations (RTOs) and accredited assessors ( 05 January 2011) More...

QLD: Rural Plant Code of Practice 2004: Public Comment
The Queensland Government is proposing to amend the Rural Plant Code of Practice 2004 so that, amongst other matters: quad bike and motorbike operators in Queensland workplaces are required to wear an approved and appropriate helmet. The proposed changes are now open for public comment until 31 March 2012

Queensland Safety Alerts 2012
27 Jan 2012 Safe systems of work when using vehicle lifting devices
27 Jan 2012 Non-compliant vehicle stands
27 Jan 2012 Delivery and unloading of pre-cast panels

Department of Mines
09-Jan-2012 Explosives Information Bulletin 23 v14 - Explosives Inspectorate contacts (PDF, 64 kB)
09-Jan-2012 Explosives Safety Alert 56 - Fireworks assistant burnt from low bursting shell (PDF, 59 kB)



Legislation commencing 01 January 2012

Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (Act 137/2011)
This Act commences on 1 January 2012.

Work Health and Safety (Transitional and Consequential Provisions) Act 2011 (Act 146/2011)
Schedules 1 to 4
- At the same time as the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 commences.

1/01/2012 Sections 4 and 5 - At the same time as the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 commences.

Work Health and Safety Regulations 2011 (SLI 262/2011)
Remainder 1/01/2013 Regulation 164 commences on 1 January 2013.

Regulations - NSW

Work Health and Safety Amendment (Savings) Regulation 2012 (SR 9/2012)
Amends Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 - Provides that section 155 (Powers of regulator to obtain information) of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 extends to the exercise of powers in connection with the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2000 or a regulation under that Act in relation to offences committed against the Act. Commencement 13/01/2012
Work Health and Safety Amendment (Savings) Regulation 2012 (2012-9) — published LW 13 January 2012

Commencement Dates

Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 (SR 674/2011)
Notification 16/12/2011 Published on the NSW Legislation Website, 16 December 2011
Commencement 1/01/2012 and 1/01/2013 Clause 164

Work Health and Safety Act No 10 of 2011
Assent 7/06/2011 Gazette No 59, 17 June 2011, p 4450
Commencement 1/01/2012

Work Health and Safety Legislation Amendment Act No 67 of 2011
Assent 28/11/2011 GG No 122, 9 December 2011, p 7090
Commencement 1/01/2012 Remainder


Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (Act 18/2011)
Commencement 1/01/2012 Remainder

Proclamation commencing certain provisions - Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (SL 238/2011)
Commences /01/2012 Work Health and Safety Act 2011

Work Health and Safety (Codes of Practice) Notice 2011 (SL 260/2011)
Commencement 1/01/2012 Remainder


Kone Elevators Pty Ltd v Victorian WorkCover Authority (Occupational and Business Regulation) [2011] VCAT 2272
Improvement Notice – Occupational Health and Safety Act 2005 – ss21(1) and (2)(a), s111, whether 'reasonable belief' that employer contravening a provision of the Act – expert relied upon by the respondent not qualified to inform the inspector's or the tribunal's 'reasonable belief' – improvement notice set aside More...

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