National Compliance and Enforcement Policy

The National Compliance and Enforcement Policy sets out the approach work health and safety regulators will take to compliance and enforcement under the model WHS Act and Regulations. Australian Work Health and Safety regulators are committed to adopting the National Compliance and Enforcement Policy.

The Intergovernmental Agreement for Regulatory and Operational reform in Occupational Health and Safety, and the Safe Work Australia Act 2008 provides for harmonised work health and safety laws to be complemented by a nationally consistent approach to compliance and enforcement. Safe Work Australia has responsibility for the development of policy to ensure a nationally consistent approach is taken to compliance and enforcement. A draft National Compliance and Enforcement Policy was developed and endorsed by the Heads of Workplace Safety Authorities and referred to Safe Work Australia to progress.

The National Compliance and Enforcement Policy was endorsed by Safe Work Australia Members on 29 July 2011 and by the Workplace Relations Ministers’ Council on 10 August 2011.

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