Australia: Work health and safety codes of practice revoked and remade as separate instruments

In brief - Businesses' safety procedures should reflect updated codes

On 1 April 2016, the 23 codes of practice made under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (Cth) were revoked and remade as separate instruments. As the codes are admissible in court proceedings as evidence of whether or not a duty or obligation under the WHS Act has been complied with, businesses would be wise to ensure that their safety management systems are up to date with these codes.

Minor revisions to seventeen of Safe Work Australia's codes of practice

The codes of practice, developed by Safe Work Australia, are practical guides to achieving the standards required under the WHS Act. The following is a list of the 23 codes:

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