Interactive SWMS tool

The Interactive SWMS tool is available to use here: Interactive SWMS tool (html)

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A person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) who carries out high risk construction work has additional WHS duties. These include requirements to prepare, keep, comply with and review a safe work method statement (SWMS). 

A SWMS is a document that sets out: 

  • high risk construction work activities 
  • hazards that could happen from these activities  
  • how the PCBU will control the risks 

The interactive SWMS tool provides information on how to prepare and use a SWMS in the workplace if you are a:

  • PCBU
  • person responsible for preparing and using a SWMS for high risk construction work 
  • small business that has to prepare their own SWMS, or
  • new to the construction industry.

High risk construction work:

  • Involves a risk of a person falling more than two metres
  • Is carried out on a telecommunication tower
  • Involves demolition of a load-bearing structure
  • Involves disturbing asbestos
  • Involves structural alterations or temporary load-bearing support
  • Carried out in or near a confined space
  • Carried out near a shaft, trench or tunnel
  • Involves the use of explosives
  • Carried out on or near pressurised gas pipes or mains
  • Carried out on or near chemical, fuel or refrigerant lines
  • Carried out on or near energised electrical installations or services
  • Carried out in an area that may have a contaminated or flammable atmosphere
  • Involves tilt-up or precast concrete
  • Carried out on or near traffic
  • Carried out at an area where there is movement of powered mobile plant
  • Carried out in an area in which there are artificial extremes of temperature
  • Involves risk of drowning, or
  • Involves diving work.

The information provided in the SWMS tool is based on the model WHS laws and does not guarantee compliance or provide information about WHS laws that are specific to your state or territory. Contact your local WHS regulator in your state or territory for more information about the WHS laws that apply to your workplace. Your local WHS regulator can provide practical advice, guidance, resources and tools to help you keep safe when working in high risk construction work. 

We welcome any feedback or comments you have on the interactive SWMS tool at

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