As flagged in our update of 19 June 2015 titled State of Play -
Australian Work Health and Safety Laws, the Western Australian
government has now commenced a consultation process on the proposed
consolidated Work Health and Safety (Resources) Bill. A
Consultation Paper has been published that includes a call for
stakeholder responses to targeted questions and in relation to the
bill generally. Interested parties are invited to attend a forum on
Thursday 23 July 2015 and otherwise have until 14 August 2015 to
make written submissions.
In 2014, a Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS)
process was undertaken by Marsden Jacob Associates to consult
stakeholders on the options for the structure of resources safety
legislation and, subsequently, to decide upon recommended actions.
The Decision RIS was finalised in January 2015, recommending the
unification of safety legislation for mining, petroleum and major
hazard legislation, under one regulator, the Department of Mines
and Petroleum (DMP).
The proposed consolidated Work Health and Safety (Resources)
Bill (WHS (R) Bill) will consolidate safety
provisions from six Acts including the Mines Safety and
Inspection Act 1994 (WA).
Public consultation period commences on proposed WHS(R)
Although a formal draft of the WHS (R) Bill is still being
prepared, the WA government has now produced an indicative version
of the proposed Bill and engaged Marsden Jacob Associates to manage
the next consultation process.
Marsden Jacob Associates has prepared a Consultation Paper which
can be found, together with a copy of the proposed Bill on its
The Consultation Paper includes details of the key changes that
are included in the current proposed Bill and a series of questions
on the objectives, costs and benefits and commencement of the
Stakeholder responses to the questions and generally on the
proposed Bill can be made by email until 5.00pm (Western Australian
Standard Time) on Friday 14 August 2015.
In order to permit comments to be made in person a stakeholder
forum will be held on Thursday 23 July 2015.
Following the consultation process Marsden Jacob Associates will
prepare a report for the Minister for Mines and Petroleum and it is
anticipated that a Decision RIS on the proposed Bill will be
published on the DMP's website by November 2015.
This consultation process presents a great opportunity to have
your say on the direction and content of the work health and safety
laws applying to resources industries in WA.
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about your specific circumstances.
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