Workplace incidents reporting

The model Work Health and Safety (WHS) Act sets out certain types of workplace incidents that need to be notified to regulators. Only the most serious safety incidents are intended to be notifiable and they trigger requirements to preserve the incident site pending further direction from the regulator.

Notifiable incidents are:

  • the death of a person
  • a ‘serious injury or illness’, or
  • a dangerous incident arising out of work carried out by a business, undertaking or a workplace.

Notifiable incidents relate to any person—whether an employee, contractor or member of the public.

If a notifiable incident occurs the model WHS Act sets out that:

  • immediate notification of a ‘notifiable incident’ to the regulator, after becoming aware of it
  • if the regulator asks—written notification with 48 hours of the request, and
  • preservation of the incident site until an inspector arrives or directs otherwise.

For more information on notifiable incidents please contact your work health and safety regulator.

If you need to report a workplace incident contact the regulator in your jurisdiction (see table below).

Jurisdiction Regulator Telephone Website
New South Wales WorkCover NSW 13 10 50 Website not applicable for notifications
Victoria Victorian WorkCover Authority 1800 136 089 worksafe.vic.gov.au
Queensland Workplace Health and Safety Qld 1300 369 915 worksafe.qld.gov.au 
South Australia SafeWork SA 1300 365 255 safework.sa.gov.au
Western Australia WorkSafe WA 1300 307 877 worksafe.wa.gov.au
Australian Capital Territory WorkSafe ACT 02 6207 3000 worksafety.act.gov.au
Tasmania WorkSafe TAS

1300 366 322 (Within Tasmania)

03 6233 7657 (External)

worksafe.tas.gov.au
Northern Territory NT WorkSafe 1800 019 115 worksafe.nt.gov.au
Commonwealth Comcare 1300 366 979 comcare.gov.au
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