Laws and legislation
The Work Health and Safety Act 2011 provides a balanced and nationally consistent framework to secure the health and safety of workers and workplaces.
The Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 describes how to prevent or minimise a risk at your workplace.
A code of practice provides practical guidance for people who have work health and safety duties.
In order to understand the workplace health and safety requirements for diving and your obligations under the law you must understand relevant Acts, regulations and codes of practice.
Transitional provisions are included to smooth the transition to the new requirements which will require some action by business operators in order to comply.
To help business operators provide a safer workplace, they have a duty to consult with workers and other business operators.
Information about the Work Health and Safety and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2017, which was passed in Parliament on 12 October 2017.
Information about the Work Health and Safety and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2015, which commenced on 22 October 2015.
On 13 December 2018, the Governor in Council approved the Work Health and Safety and Other Legislation Amendment Regulation 2018 (the Amendment Regulation).
On 21 March 2019 the Governor in Council approved the Work Health and Safety (Amusement Devices – Public Safety) Amendment Regulation 2019 (the Amendment Regulation). The Amendment Regulation commences on 1 May 2019.
The Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 (WHS Regulation) allows the regulator to grant an exemption from compliance with any provision of the WHS Regulation.
Amendments to Work Health and Safety Regulation commenced on 9 December 2016.
- 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.
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