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Work Health and Safety and Other Legislation Amendment Regulation 2018

On 13 December 2018, the Governor in Council approved the Work Health and Safety and Other Legislation Amendment Regulation 2018 (the Amendment Regulation).

The Amendment Regulation amends the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 (WHS Regulation) and the Electrical Safety Regulation 2013 (ES Regulation) to give effect to a number of minor changes. A summary of the amendments are outlined below.

Changes to the ES Regulation

The Amendment Regulation modifies the educational requirements of a “qualified business person” (QBP) and raises the experience requirements of a “qualified technical person” (QTP) from one year to two years under the ES Regulation.
The changes are effective from 1 January 2019.

Changes to the WHS Regulation

The Amendment Regulation also makes the following changes under the WHS Regulation:

  • reducing the time period for Health and Safety Representative (HSR) training to occur from six months to three months after election, with provision for a longer period if the training course is not reasonably available within three months. The changes are effective from 1 February 2019.
  • delaying commencement of provisions enabling five-yearly plan item registrations, by retaining annual plant registrations for a further two years to 2021.
  • making explicit that the Regulator can cancel the registration of a design or item of plant for non-compliance with a condition of registration. The changes are effective from 1 January 2019.
  • enabling the sharing of information with other agencies that is necessary for those agencies to administer or enforce their legislation, namely the Biosecurity Act 2014, Exhibited Animals Act 2015, Labour Hire Licensing Act 2017, Planning Act 2016 and Professional Engineers Act 2002A copy of the Regulation as approved and explanatory notes is available on the Queensland Legislation website at
Last updated
12 September 2019

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