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Work health and safety 

Important: From 1 January 2012, information on this website is being reviewed and must be read in conjunction with the Work Health and Safety Act 2011.

New work health and safety (WHS) laws replaced the occupational health and safety (OHS) laws in NSW on 1 January 2012.

These new laws will provide greater consistency, certainty and clarity across Australia making it easier to understand your workplace health and safety duties. Businesses and volunteer organisations that operate over several states will be able to initiate nationwide safety policies and procedures. 

Free assistance and support services are available to help businesses with the new work health and safety changes.  These services include WorkCover safety rebates, live webinars, advisory visits, workshops, programs and events.

Information on transitional arrangements as well as the key changes for industry, businesses, workers, directors and volunteers are available from the links below.


Call 13 10 50 for more information about the new work health and safety (WHS) laws. 



A safe workplace

Information on how to make a workplace safe including consultation, committees, HSRs and workgroups.

Employers and businesses 

Information for employers and businesses on their roles and responsibilities under the work health and safety laws.

Small business

Practical advice and assistance for small business.

Assistance and support

Free services to help you with the new work health and safety (WHS) changes.

Directors and officers

Directors and officers have an obligation to exercise due diligence.

Employees and workers

Information about the role of employees and workers in work health and safety.

Volunteers and volunteer organisations

Information for volunteer associations, organisations and volunteer officers.

Young workers

Information about health and safety for young workers under 25 and their employers.

WHS Act and Regulations

General advice on the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (WHS Act)  and the WHS Regulations.

Codes of practice

A code of practice provides details on how to identify hazards and manage risks.