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Ministers responsible for WHS have agreed to review the content and operation of the model WHS laws. This is the first opportunity since the laws were implemented to explore how the model WHS laws are working in practice and is part of the original plan to review the model WHS laws regularly and ensure they continue operating effectively.

Previous reviews have focused on identifying unnecessary regulatory burden rather than a broader examination of the operation of the model WHS laws.

Review scope

An extensive consultation process will explore:

  • whether the model WHS laws are achieving their original objectives
  • whether the model WHS laws have resulted in any unintended consequences, and
  • key concepts that were new or significantly different for most jurisdictions, including the duties framework, penalty and enforcement measures and consultation, representation and issue resolution provisions.

The review terms of reference have been set by WHS ministers.


You will have a chance to have your say. Public consultation will begin in 2018 and more information about how to get involved will be available soon.

Independent reviewer

Marie Boland will lead the review and brings a wealth of experience in WHS policy and regulation.

Marie was the Executive Director of SafeWork SA from 2015 to 2017. Before this time, she held various senior positions at SafeWorkSA, including playing a key role in implementing the model WHS Act and Regulations in South Australia and being actively involved in the policy and legislative work surrounding South Australia’s referral of industrial relations powers to the Commonwealth.

Since leaving SafeWork SA, Marie has set up a workplace relations consultancy. Over the last eight months, she has undertaken work for the Public Service Association of South Australia and been employed by the Commonwealth Department of Employment to produce a report into the WHS and workers’ compensation issues arising from the gig economy. She was also appointed Presiding Officer of the South Australian Construction Industry Long Service Leave Board on 1 July 2017 for a five-year term.

Marie has a Master of Arts (History) and a law degree from the University of Adelaide. She was admitted as a practitioner of the Supreme Court of South Australia in 2007.

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