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Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ) actively enforces the law. This includes using enforceable undertakings as a compliance and enforcement tool. Historically, WHSQ also prosecuted alleged offenders and actively drew public attention to individuals and organisations it successfully prosecuted for breaching the legislation.

Commencing 18 March 2019, prosecutions are the responsibility of the independent Office of the Work Health and Safety Prosecutor (OWHSP). The establishment of the OWHSP, headed by an independent prosecutor, was recommended in the 2017 Best Practice Review of WHSQ.

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.

Publishing policy

Find out about the publishing of information for enforceable undertaking and historical prosecutions in Queensland. For information on prosecutions commenced from 18 March 2019, visit

Court summaries

View historical court summaries from the final years of WHSQ prosecutions (2015-2019). For court summaries on prosecutions conducted by the independent OWHSP since its commencement on 18 March 2019, visit

Workers' compensation prosecutions

WorkCover Queensland works closely with the Workers' Compensation Regulator, to identify fraud and prosecute alleged offenders under the prosecutions framework.

Access to your information

The Office of Industrial Relations (OIR) makes information available to the public proactively where possible under the Right to Information (RTI) legislation.

Last updated
06 April 2020

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