Safe Work Australia has developed a model Code of Practice for stevedoring to support the model work health and safety (WHS) laws. The model Code provides up-to-date, practical guidance to assist stevedoring businesses to achieve the standards of health and safety required under the model WHS laws. Development of the model Code of Practice was undertaken through a tripartite advisory group.

To have legal effect in a jurisdiction, the model Code of Practice must be approved as a code of practice in that jurisdiction. To determine if this model Code of Practice has been approved as a code of practice in a particular jurisdiction, check with the relevant regulator.

The model Code of Practice replaces national guidance material published by Safe Work Australia in October 2009:

  • Working safely on the waterfront
  • Working safely with general cargo - steel products
  • Working safely with containers

Copies of these guides are available on request.


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