Jurisdictional progress on the model work health and safety laws
The table below shows each jurisdiction’s progress in implementing the new laws. Where a jurisdiction has already enacted the WHS Act and the WHS Regulations the links provided will take you to these documents.
For information on the work health and safety laws in your jurisdiction please contact your work health and safety regulator.
|Jurisdiction||Legislation||Introduction to Parliament||Date Passed||Date Implementation|
|Commonwealth||Work Health and Safety Act 2011||6 July 2011||24 November 2011||1 January 2012|
|Commonwealth||Work Health and Safety Regulations 2011||Made 7 December 2011||Registered 14 December 2011||1 January 2012|
|Australian Capital Territory||Work Health and Safety Act 2011||23 June 2011||20 September 2011||1 January 2012|
|Australian Capital Territory||Work Health and Safety Regulations 2011||19 December 2011||1 January 2012|
|New South Wales||Work Health and Safety Act 2011||5 May 2011||27 May 2011||1 January 2012. Laws relating to officers' due diligence duties took effect in June 2011|
|New South Wales||Work Health and Safety Regulations 2011||16 December 2011||1 January 2012|
|Northern Territory||Work Health and Safety (National Uniform Legislation) Act 2011||27 October 2011||1 December 2011||1 January 2012|
|Northern Territory||Work Health and Safety (National Uniform Legislation) Regulations||30 December 2011||1 January 2012|
|Queensland||Work Health and Safety Act 2011||10 May 2011||26 May 2011||1 January 2012|
|Queensland||Work Health and Safety Regulations 2011||Approved on 24 November 2011||29 November 2011||1 January 2012|
|South Australia||Work Health and Safety Act 2012||19 May 2011||1 November 2012||1 January 2013|
|South Australia||Work Health and Safety Regulations 2012||31 December 2012||1 January 2013|
|Tasmania||Work Health and Safety Act 2012||18 October 2011||13 March 2012||1 January 2013|
|Tasmania||Work Health and Safety Regulations 2012||3 December 2012||1 January 2013|
|Victoria||Not yet introduced||The Victorian Government announced it would delay harmonisation. For further information visit WorkSafe Victoria|
|Western Australia||Not yet introduced|
WorkSafe WA recently released a Regulation Impact Statement on the model WHS Regulations compiled by Marsden Jacob Associates in 2012.
The WA Minister for Commerce also announced that a Western Australian version of the model WHS bill would be introduced into State Parliament and released for a consultation period of three months in the near future.For further information visit WorkSafe WA