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QLD: Work Health and Safety Act 2011 review underway

The following article is a news item provided for the benefit of the Workplace Health and Safety profession. Its content does not necessarily reflect the views of the Australian Institute of Health & Safety.
Date: 
Monday, 5 September, 2022 - 12:15
Category: 
Policy & legislation
Location: 
Queensland

The Queensland Government recently announced a five-yearly review of the Work Health Safety Act to examine the overall effectiveness of the key components of the Act in achieving its objectives.

These include considering and reporting on any need for amendments to ensure:

  • provisions relating to health and safety representatives are effective and operating as intended
  • workers are appropriately represented and assisted in the workplace for the purpose of health and safety matters
  • the effectiveness of the legislative framework for review and stay provisions with enforcement notices under the WHS Act
  • provisions relating to the issue and dispute resolution are effective and operating as intended.

The review will also consider any other matters relating to the WHS Act’s overall effectiveness and performance in ensuring a balanced framework to secure the health and safety of workers and workplaces and consider whether any legislative or administrative amendments are required.

The review is led by Craig Allen, former Deputy Director General of the Office of Industrial Relations; Charles Massy, a barrister specialising in industrial relations and employment; and Deirdre Swan, former Deputy President of the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission.

“The three reviewers are eminently qualified and bring a mix of regulatory, practical, and legal perspectives to this important review,” said Queensland Minister for Industrial Relations Grace Grace.

“The reviewers will be assisted by leading academics in work health and safety regulation.

“The review will also have a strong focus on consultation with stakeholders including industry groups, employers, registered industrial organisations, the legal profession, academics, and government agencies.”

Input is also sought on any other matters relating to the WHS Act’s overall effectiveness and performance in ensuring a balanced framework to secure the health and safety of workers and workplaces and whether any legislative or administrative amendments are required.

The consultation closes on Friday 23 September 2022 and submissions can be sent to WHSActReview@oir.qld.gov.au.