Preparing for the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (Qld)

During the 1990s there was recognition of the difficulties with multiple work health and safety regimes in each State and Territory. The crux of this discontent was in relation to the difficulties, for employers and employees of national organisations, in applying and adhering to distinct work health and safety regimes in each State and Territory.  In early 2000, in response to this growing movement, the Australian Safety and Compensation Council was established to “coordinate national occupational health and safety activities and promote national occupational health and safety consistency” and the Productivity Commission made a recommendation for “nationally consistent standards for occupational health and safety”.

By direction of the Workplace Relations Ministerial Council, the Inter-governmental Agreement for Regulatory and Operational Reform in Occupational Health and Safety was signed in July 2008. This led to the creation of SafeWork Australia, who was charged with creating a model work health and safety regime, for consideration and implementation in each of the States and Territories. This resulted in the Model Work Health and Safety Act (the Model Act) and the Model Work Health and Safety Regulations (the Model Regulations) being prepared, released for public comment and published in final.

This paper discusses the significant changes the Work Health Safety Act 2011 (Qld) brings, the regulations and how to prepare on a practical level for the Act. 

View the full paper here: Walk the Talk