Model Work Health and Safety Regulations

 

The model Work Health and Safety (WHS) Regulations set out more detailed requirements to support the duties in the Model Work Health and Safety (WHS) Act. They are model provisions only. To be legally binding they need to be enacted or passed by Parliament in each jurisdiction.

 

Work health and safety laws are state, territory and Commonwealth-based laws.

Information about jurisdictions that have enacted the model WHS laws can be found here.

History

The model WHS Regulations were developed from a three-staged process as outlined in the Intergovernmental Agreement for Regulatory and Operational Reform in OHS, including a comprehensive public comment process.

The model WHS Regulations were finalised in November 2011 and revised to incorporate technical amendments in January 2014.

Explanatory Statement for the model Work Health and Safety (WHS) Regulations

The Explanatory Statement accompanies the model WHS Regulations and was first published in November 2011. It explains how individual provisions are intended to work.

Guide to the model Work Health and Safety (WHS) Regulations

The Guide to the model Work Health and Safety (WHS) Regulations provides a broad, plain-english overview of the model WHS Regulations.

National exemption framework

Safe Work Australia’s National exemption framework encourages a nationally consistent approach to granting exemptions under WHS laws, wherever possible.

The framework guides the granting, refusal, amendment or cancellation of exemptions by regulators.

The package contains:

Applications for an exemption must be made to the regulator in your jurisdiction. For more information about specific application processes contact the regulator in your jurisdiction.

 

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