Who is an officer? information sheet

The role and influence a person has in a business determines if they are an ‘officer’ under WHS laws. This is different for each person and each business.


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An officer is generally someone who:

  • makes, or participates in making, significant decisions that affect the whole, or a substantial part, of the business, or
  • has the capacity to significantly affect the business’ financial standing.

This information sheet will help you to learn whether you may be an ‘officer’ under WHS laws.

More information is available on the Officer duties web page

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Model Work Health and Safety Laws
Officer duty