Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ) actively enforces the law, prosecuting alleged offenders under the prosecutions framework and actively drawing public attention to individuals and organisations it successfully prosecutes for breaching the legislation.
Prosecuting obligation holders aims to provide a powerful deterrent to others. It draws attention to the consequences of workplace health and safety violations and the importance of healthy, safer workplaces.
The statutory appointment of the independent Work Health and Safety Prosecutor (WHSP) and the creation of the Office of the WHSP commenced on 18 March 2019. Accordingly, certain aspects of this website relating to prosecutions will need to be updated and/or replaced as soon as possible. In the meantime, please be aware that some current content relating to prosecutions may not be entirely accurate. We apologise for any inconvenience.
Find out about the publishing of information for prosecutions and enforceable undertakings in Queensland.
View court summaries from the last five years.
WorkCover Queensland works closely with the Workers' Compensation Regulator, to identify fraud and prosecute alleged offenders under the prosecutions framework.
Guidelines providing information about the way prosecutions are conducted by Workplace Health and Safety Queensland.
How to request the Workers' Compensation Regulator to commence a prosecution if an offence has occurred.
How to request for prosecution of alleged offences under the Electrical Safety Act 2002.
Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ) actively draws public attention to individuals and organisations it successfully prosecutes for breaching the Work Health and Safety Act 2011.
The Office of Industrial Relations generally has 24 months from the date an incident comes to its notice in which to commence a prosecution.
The Office of Industrial Relations (OIR) makes information available to the public proactively where possible under the Right to Information (RTI) legislation.
- Last updated
- 24 April 2019
Codes of Practice are now an enforceable standard to manage hazards and risks
A Work Health and Safety inspector may refer to an approved code of practice when issuing an improvement or prohibition notice.