DMP Ministerial Advisory Panel Report

In late March 2014, the DMP’s ministerial advisory panel announced that the State Government plans to introduce two WHS bills (one for the resources sector and one for general industry) to be passed by the end of 2014.

In its report the panel states that the Bills will be "95 per cent compliant" with the model WHS legislation but that the State Government will still exclude model provisions on union right of entry, the capacity of HSRs to direct work to cease, the reverse onus of proof in discrimination matters, and penalty levels.

It should be noted that in light of the 2014-15 State Government budget, it is unlikely that these plans will be going ahead within the next financial year.