Safe Work Australia is currently developing a model Code of Practice for stevedoring to support the harmonised work health and safety laws. Development is being undertaken through a tripartite working group which includes representatives from stevedoring companies, stevedoring workers and regulators. It is intended that the model Code of Practice will replace the national guidance material published by Safe Work Australia in October 2009.
The national guidance material is based on the Victorian Waterfront Project Guidance released in May 2008 and comprises three booklets:
- Working Safely on the Waterfront
- Working Safely with General Cargo - Steel Products
- Working Safely with Containers
As part of the development of this model Code of Practice Safe Work Australia has reviewed the national guidance material. The Issues Paper: Review of the National Guidance Material for Working Safely on the Waterfront was released for public comment on Friday 13 July 2012 and closed Friday 10 August 2012.