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Ministers responsible for WHS have agreed to review the content and operation of the model WHS laws. This is part of the original plan to review the model WHS laws regularly and ensure they continue operating effectively. Safe Work Australia has appointed Marie Boland to conduct the review.

Review scope

The review is examining how the model WHS laws are operating in practice, whether they are achieving the objectives stated in the model WHS Act or if they have resulted in unintended consequences.

In particular, Marie is exploring:

  • what is working and why
  • will it continue to work in the future
  • what doesn’t work and why, and
  • what we could do to make it work.

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

Consultation process

Public consultation is now closed. Thank you to everyone who shared their views and experience.

You can read the submissions and comments published as part of this process by visiting the review page on Engage. You can also read comments made in the Review discussion forums which closed at the end of May.

This feedback will inform a report that will be provided to font WHS Ministers in early 2019.

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Independent reviewer

Marie Boland is leading 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 SafeWork SA, 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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