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
Everyone has the right to be safe at work, including volunteers.
Volunteers do unpaid work for organisations and play a vital role in our workforce and communities across Australia. If you are a volunteer, or you engage volunteers, you may have work health and safety (WHS) duties under the model WHS laws.
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.
You can also seek information and help about volunteering from a number of volunteer peak bodies.