Bulletin - September 2018

Bulletin

Environment Protection Amendment Bill 2018 passed
ACT - Work Health and Safety Amendment Bill 2018

Environment Protection Amendment Bill 2018 passed

The VIC Government has passed the Environment Protection Amendment Bill 2018, which will focus the state’s environment protection laws on preventative rather than responsive action to pollution. The Bill introduces a new criminally enforceable ‘general environmental duty’, significantly increases maximum penalties, and boosts the EPA’s powers through the introduction of various measures. The changes will commence on 1 July 2020. View the Amendment Act here. More information available here and here.

ACT - Work Health and Safety Amendment Bill 2018

The ACT Government has announced that improvements to the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 will come into effect from 1 January 2019, in response to research into the construction industry’s safety culture. The changes will include mandatory measures for major construction projects, including consultation with workers and unions when establishing work groups, the election and training of health and safety representatives, and the election of health and safety committees and training for its members. More here and here.