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Who are the regulators?

The Commonwealth, states and territories are responsible for making their own work health and safety (WHS) laws. Each jurisdiction has a regulator who monitors and enforces compliance with WHS laws. 

What do the regulators do? 

Under the model WHS Act the regulator has many functions and powers, including:

  • monitoring and enforcing compliance with WHS laws
  • providing advice and information on WHS duties
  • collecting, analysing and publishing statistics
  • promoting and supporting education and training on matters relating to WHS 
  • fostering cooperative consultative relationship between duty holders, their workers and representatives in relation to WHS matters, and
  • promoting and co-ordinating information sharing, including with a corresponding regulator.

Do regulators work together?

Yes. Regulators work collaboratively to set strategic priorities at both a national and local level. Regulators work together to implement national campaigns and ensure a consistent approach to compliance and enforcement across Australia. They also share information, tools and initiatives. 

National Statement of Regulatory Intent - COVID-19

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, all WHS regulators except Victoria have worked together and agreed to a National Statement of Regulatory Intent. The statement sets out the enforcement approach the regulators (excluding Victoria) will take to ensure compliance with Australian WHS laws during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Contacting your regulator 

You can find the contact details of your WHS regulator here: 

Safe Work Australia is not a regulator and does not implement or enforce WHS laws. Find out more about Safe Work Australia’s role as a national policy body.

Further information 

Regulators appoint inspectors whose functions include entering workplaces to assist the regulator to monitor and enforce compliance with WHS laws. See What powers do inspectors have to enter workplaces?.

Regulators and inspectors also have specific information gathering powers. See What powers do regulators and inspectors have to gather information?.  

See How do the regulators enforce WHS laws? and National Compliance and Enforcement Policy for information on how regulators enforce WHS laws. 

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