Role of the WHS regulators

The role of the WHS 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. They also:

  • give advice and information on WHS duties
  • collect, analyse and publish statistics
  • promote and support education and training
  • help duty holders, workers and representatives consult and coordinate on WHS matters
  • promote and share information, tools and initiatives, including with other regulators.

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. All jurisdictions, except Victoria, agreed to a national approach to comply with WHS laws during COVID-19.