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.

Supporting Information 

  • WHS Regulators’ contact information
  • Laws and regulations