SafeWork Australia has issued a revised version of the model
Work Health and Safety Regulations (Regulations).
The Regulations are not yet in force, but will introduce the
following key changes if they are adopted in each jurisdiction:
render all concrete immobile placing booms registrable
remove the requirement for supervisors named in Class A
asbestos removal licence applications to hold VET course
certificates in respect of non-friable asbestos
permit regulators to require high risk workers to undertake
further VET courses
relax the requirement for regulators to consider curricula and
the qualifications, knowledge and experience of persons providing
training to Work Health and Safety entry permit holders
permit certified workers to carry out high risk work whilst
they are waiting for their licence applications to be approved
enable regulators to impose conditions on high risk work
licences and to suspend or cancel a licence if they are not
allow jurisdictions to regulate work on energised electrical
equipment more flexibly
amend the competency requirements for general diving work
prescribe a new regime for the major inspection of registered
remove the registration requirement in respect of the design of
certain relocated tower and gantry cranes
the regulator's cancellation of design and plant
registrations (in some cases irrespective of whether the
registration holder has made a submission as to whether
cancellation should take place)
disapply certain asbestos register obligations in respect of
residential premises used only for residential purposes.
SafeWork Australia says that the changes are intended to address
concerns about the workability of the previous Regulations.
Further policy changes regarding Falling Objects and Roll Over
Protective Systems on earthmoving equipment and the requirements
for design verifiers, are currently before the Ministerial Council
Each of the harmonised jurisdictions (that is, Queensland, New
South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory, the Northern
Territory, South Australia and Tasmania) must consider adopting the
altered provisions, although when each will do so (and any
jurisdictional amendments they propose to make) is currently
In any event, all persons conducting a business or undertaking
in a harmonised jurisdiction should determine whether their
existing safety management systems comply with the new Regulations
and consider making any necessary revisions as soon as
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guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought
about your specific circumstances.
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