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.

For further information visit WorkSafe WA
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
Western Australia Work Health and Safety Bill 2014 (PDF)

The Minister for Commerce has tabled the Bill in parliament and announced the opening of a public comment period for this draft legislation.

Public comment is open until 30 January 2015

Victoria Not yet introduced The Victorian Government announced it would delay harmonisation. For further information visit WorkSafe Victoria
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