The Commonwealth, states and territories regulate and enforce WHS laws.
We created the model WHS laws in 2011.
Review of the model Work Health and Safety laws
We collect, analyse and publish data and information on work health and safety and workers' compensation.
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Key work health and safety statistics
We develop national policy and strategy about workers' compensation.
We publish a wide range of resources covering many work health and safety topics.
Read our Codes of Practice
Work, health and safety laws protect all workers in Australia, even if you are on a temporary visa. You have a right to a safe and fair workplace.
This information is for people who are new to working in Australia, and who may not be native English speakers.
SWA is not a regulator and cannot advise you about WHS issues in the workplace. If you need help please contact your state or territory work health and safety authority.
The Fair Work Ombudsman is a government office that helps bosses and workers understand rights and responsibilities at work.
Call the Fair Work Ombudsman office: 13 13 94