Work health and safety (WHS) legislation in Australia aims to prevent injury and disease to persons in the workplace. Importantly, a number of Australian jurisdictions have ‘harmonised’ their legislation from 2012.

Common to all WHS legislation in Australia are the following features:

  • support for WHS in the workplace
  • provision of systems of work that are safe and without risk to health
  • prevention of injury and disease through the elimination or minimisation of risks
  • protection of the general public’s safety and health
  • workplace representation, consultation, co-operation and issue resolution
  • inspectors
  • regulations
  • enforcement

Understanding Australian WHS legislation can be difficult. This video attempts to make it easier to understand.

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