Ministers responsible for WHS asked Safe Work Australia to review the content and operation of the model WHS laws in 2018. This was part of the original plan to review the model WHS laws regularly and ensure they continue operating effectively. Safe Work Australia appointed Marie Boland to conduct the review.
In particular, Ms Boland explored:
- 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.
Public consultation for the review was conducted during 2018.
The consultation summary provides a summary of the views and experiences shared during the consultation meetings, in discussion forums and in written submissions.
Submissions and contributions to the discussion forums are available on our engage page.
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Marie Boland was appointed to lead the review based on her wealth of experience in WHS policy and regulation.
Ms Boland 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, Ms Boland has set up a workplace relations consultancy, undertaking work for the Public Service Association of South Australia and 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.
Ms Boland 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.