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Workplace health and safety laws

The purpose of laws and legislative instruments in workplace health and safety in Queensland is to enable protection of health, safety and welfare of all workers.

Laws and legislation

Acts and Regulations passed by the Queensland Parliament in relation to workplace health and safety.


Definitions of terms used within Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ).


Work health and safety (WHS) and Electrical Safety (ES) laws require a person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) to ensure the health and safety of their workers while at work.

Due diligence

Officers of corporations and unincorporated bodies, like clubs and associations, need to exercise due diligence to ensure they meet work health and safety and electrical safety obligations.


Check the penalties for workplace health and safety breaches, including information on categories of offences, on-the-spot fines, and failure to pay fines.

Right of entry

The rights and duties of work health and safety entry permit holders to enter workplaces regarding work health and safety matters.

Consultation, representation and participation

There is a requirement for duty holders to consult, cooperate and coordinate activities with others who have a duty in relation to the same matter; and to consult with workers who carry out work for the business or undertaking.

Specific obligations

Responsibilities and obligations exist for different industries and type of organisation to ensure Workplace health and safety laws in Queensland are followed.

Work health and safety at public events and in the natural environment

Safety at public events is the responsibility of the individual or group conducting the event. Many public events are commercial enterprises, such as speedway racing, professionally run sporting events, animal races and music festivals, and involve inherent risks outside those usually encountered through work.

Last updated
02 July 2018

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.


Updated work safety codes of practice enforceable from 1 July 2018

Lend Lease reaps benefit of helping motivated injured workers recover at work

Property and infrastructure group, Lend Lease is giving injured workers a new lease on life and rehabilitating them back to work sooner through WorkCover Queensland's Recover at Work host employment program.


Lend Lease and Recover at Work