National harmonisation of work health and safety laws

The Victorian Government has confirmed that Victoria will not adopt the national model workplace health and safety laws in their current form.

The Government supports the principle of national harmonisation and continues to work towards best practice legislation.

WorkSafe continues to enforce Victoria's existing occupational health and safety laws and regulations.

This means that Victoria’s workplaces need to refer to Victoria’s codes and guidance materials for information about how to comply with Victoria’s occupational health and safety laws.

Victorian codes and guidance materials are specifically designed to inform duty holders as to how they can comply with Victorian occupational health and safety legislation. National Workplace Health and Safety codes and guidance materials have no legal status in Victoria. They are designed to support the national model laws and are not designed to support Victorian occupational health and safety laws.

For more information about Victoria’s OHS compliance framework, click here.

For more information about the national model work health and safety laws, visit the Safe Work Australia website.

For details of the Victorian Government’s position on national harmonisation, refer to the following media releases of 14 September 2011 , 28 September 2011 and 12 April 2012.

Improving the model Work Health and Safety laws

On 2 May 2014, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreed that all governments would investigate ways to improve the model Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws with a particular focus on reducing red tape.

Safe Work Australia has asked its members to consult with stakeholders on the matters raised in the Issues Paper and Consultation Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) which can be found here.

If you would like to comment, please provide your comments to Angela Jolic at by COB Friday 1 August 2014 .