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Safe Work Australia has released a draft amended version of the
Model Construction Work Code of Practice (Code)
for public comment, with submissions due by close of business on 2
The original Code was finalised and issued by Safe Work
Australia in July 2012, but to date, it has only been adopted in
South Australia, Tasmania, the ACT and the NT, where it commenced
operation from 1 January 2013. Whilst this means that the Code
currently has no application in Queensland, NSW, Victoria and
Western Australia, it provides businesses in the commercial and
residential construction industry in those regions where the Code
has been adopted with practical guidance about how to comply with
their statutory work health and safety obligations. The Code
addresses issues such as Safe Work Method Statements (SWMS), WHS
Management Plans for construction projects and workplace
The proposed amendments
The focus of the draft amendments to the Code is to provide
greater practical guidance to businesses in the housing
construction sector. Key amendments include:
practical examples throughout the Code specifically tailored to
the housing construction sector
revised definitions of terms used throughout the Code, such as
"housing construction work", "builder" and
a revised SWMS template that clarifies its use as specifically
for "high risk construction work"
a template work health and safety management plan.
How do you make submissions?
A coversheet, response form and information on how to lodge your
submissions can be accessed
All submissions must be lodged with the Safe Work Australia by
5pm on Wednesday, 2 October 2013.
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