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.