WHS Acts and Regulations
Victoria currently operates under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 and Health and Safety regulations 2007. This act displays several similarities, to the Harmonisation Laws introduced in other states in 2012, with specific differences relating to Victorian based businesses.
Western Australia current operates under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 1984, however the Western Australian government is currently planning to adopt the Harmonisation Laws, and consultation has commenced with WA based business to tailor the act and regulations to suit WA based businesses. It is anticipated that the new WHS laws with be introduced in Western Australia by mid 2016.
All other states and territories
Work Safe Australia has introduced a new WHS act and regulations (otherwise known as Harmonisation laws) in January 2012. These laws were introduced to assist national companies meet their WHS obligations with more consistency, allowing companies to take appropriate action to address any gaps in safety practices in more than just one state. These laws are now in effect within Queensland, New South Wales, ACT, Northern Territory, South Australia and Tasmania.