Workplace Health and Safety Queensland, Department of Justice and Attorney-General (WHSQ)
WHSQ is responsible for improving workplace health and safety in Queensland and helping reduce the risk of workers being killed or injured on the job.
It is WHSQ role to:
- enforce workplace health and safety laws
- investigate workplace fatalities and serious injuries
- prosecute breaches of legislation, and
- educate employees and employers on their legal obligations.
WHSQ also provides policy advice on workers' compensation matters.
The Queensland Government has determined that separate legislation will be maintained for electrical safety and mining safety—see contact details below.
Q-COMP is an independent statutory authority, established on 1 July 2003 under the Workers' Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2003 to oversee Queensland's workers' compensation scheme.
WorkCover Queensland is a statutory body which provides and manages workers’ compensation insurance for Queensland employers and their workers. WorkCover Queensland is self-funding and operates as an independent, commercial enterprise even though they are owned by the Queensland Government.
WorkCover Queensland is the main provider of workers’ compensation insurance in Queensland.
Queensland Government - Department of Natural Resources and Mines
The Department of Natural Resources and Mines provides support for the safety and health of all Queensland miners and people working in allied industries. The department administers associated regulations and recognised standards, guidelines and codes of practice related to mining and petroleum.
Phone: 13 74 68
Electrical Safety Office (ESO) - Department of Justice and Attorney General
The ESO has a primary responsibility for delivery of electrical safety services in Queensland. The ESO develops and enforces standards for electrical safety, and promotes strategies for improved electrical safety performance across the community. The office facilitates socially responsible and safe electrical industry practices.
Phone: 1300 650 662 – electrical safety enquiries
Phone: 1300 362 320 – electrical licensing enquiries