Work health and safety legislation

We administer and provide advice on the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 and the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011.

If you are an employer or business (or other PCBU) you must comply with this Act to ensure the health and safety of your workers.

The WHS legislation is supported by our Compliance policy and prosecution guidelines, which supplements the National compliance and enforcement policy.

This information is general about the law only, and is not a statement of the law as it is applied to a particular problem or individual.

Seek legal advice if you need assistance on the application of the law to your situation.

Amendments to the NSW Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011

Amendments have been made to the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 to correct errors, clarify policy intent and addresses workability issues and will not create a regulatory burden for NSW businesses. 

These amendments apply mainly to high risk work, diving work, plant and major hazard facilities. NSW is also strengthening the regulation by providing penalty notices for unlicensed asbestos removal and non-notification.

The changes come into effect in NSW on 13 February 2015.

The key changes are summarised on Safe Work Australia’s website, however, NSW is retaining the current definition of ‘combustible liquid’ and is not omitting the term ‘generate’ from clause 152. Additional amendments have been made to clause 152(b) to reflect local competition arrangements.

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