Bulletin - 2019

Bulletin

Cladding Rectification Bill and levy introduced
Natural Resources and Other Legislation (GDA2020) Amendment Bill 2019 introduced
New regulator introduced as part of the Queensland mining safety and health reforms
Bill to create new penalty for dangerous goods stockpiling
Western Australia introduces new workplace safety laws and initiatives
Draft SA environmental noise guidelines for wind farms
New building licensing regulations to be developed in Victoria
Emissions reduction targets and sector pledges to be developed in Victoria
Mental health awareness campaign launched in Tasmania
Proposed changes to UPSS Regulations released in NSW
Heavy vehicle driver fatigue project report released
Industrial waste set to be electronically tracked from July 2019
Mineral industries - Regulatory Impact Statement for draft Regulations
WA - Transition to work health and safety laws progressing
Queensland - new waste management laws passed
Development of Victorian workplace manslaughter laws begun
Draft water resource plan for northern Victoria released
Queensland - Workplaces - next phase of dairy farm audits
WA - Container Deposit Scheme legislation introduced

Cladding Rectification Bill and levy introduced

The VIC Government has introduced the Building Amendment (Cladding Rectification) Bill 2019 to Parliament to allow the State to recover costs from building practitioners for rectifying combustible cladding and detail the building levy that will fund the cladding rectification program. It is estimated that the program will take five years to complete. View the media release here.

Natural Resources and Other Legislation (GDA2020) Amendment Bill 2019 introduced

The Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy has introduced the Natural Resources and Other Legislation (GDA2020) Amendment Bill 2019 into Parliament. The Bill aims to update the location information used in natural resources and transport legislation from the 1994 data currently in use, to coincide with the new location of the Earth’s crust. It is expected that the new geocentric datum GDA2020 will be adopted by 30 June 2020.

Click here for the Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy Media Statement. More information can be found here.

New regulator introduced as part of the Queensland mining safety and health reforms

The QLD Government has introduced the Resources Safety and Health Queensland Bill 2019, which will establish Resources Safety and Health Queensland (RSHQ), a new independent regulator that will be responsible for regulating safety and health in the state’s resources sector. These changes follow recommendations of the Parliamentary Select Committee into coal worker’s pneumoconiosis. More here and here.

Bill to create new penalty for dangerous goods stockpiling

The VIC Government has introduced the Dangerous Goods Amendment (Penalty Reform) Bill 2019, which would create a new offence for reckless conduct relating to dangerous goods that endangers persons. The Bill also proposes to increase some existing maximum penalties, including for endangerment of health and safety, property or the environment. Click for More.

Western Australia introduces new workplace safety laws and initiatives

The WA Government has announced it will implement multiple new improvements to workplace safety, including a new safety campaign, 24 new full time Worksafe staff, including 21 inspectors, and a new Work Health and Safety Bill which will introduce two new offences of industrial manslaughter and a significant increase in penalties. Consultation material will be released shortly. More.

Draft SA environmental noise guidelines for wind farms

The EPA has released Draft Wind Farms Environmental Noise Guidelines for public consultation, following a review conducted in mid-2018. Community, local government, other development authorities, state agencies, acoustic engineers, wind farm development proponents and other stakeholders on noise from wind farms are invited to provide feedback on the updated guidelines. Comments close September 30 2019. Have your say here.

New building licensing regulations to be developed in Victoria

The VIC Government is seeking feedback on a consultation paper relating to the recent amendments of the Building Act 1993. The proposed new regulations will provide for the licensing and registration of building contractors and licensed employees and will, among other things, help integrate the schemes. The list of priority building trades will be finalised by October 2019. View the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Plannings’ page for more.

Emissions reduction targets and sector pledges to be developed in Victoria

The VIC Government has announced it is developing emissions reduction targets for 2025 and 2030, and five-yearly sector pledges, under the Climate Change Act 2017. An Independent Expert Panel has provided a report, with recommended interim targets and indicative emissions trajectories to 2050 for public feedback. More.

 

 

Mental health awareness campaign launched in Tasmania

WorkSafe TAS and the WorkCover Tasmania Board have launched a campaign for mental health in the workplace. The campaign will promote awareness around mental health hazards in the workplace and aims to destigmatise mental health conditions. More.

Proposed changes to UPSS Regulations released in NSW

The NSW EPA has released proposed amendments to the Protection of the Environment Operations (Underground Petroleum Storage Systems) Regulation 2014 (UPSS). In addition to maintaining the focus on leak prevention and management, the amendments update the Regulations to align with best industry practice while simplifying its requirements. The changes also incorporate the shared regulatory role between the EPA and councils for UPSS sites, with local councils becoming the regulatory authority for most UPSS from 1 September. More here and here.

Heavy vehicle driver fatigue project report released

The National Transport Commission and the Cooperative Research Centre for Alertness, Safety and Productivity have released the report for the heavy vehicle driver fatigue project, which includes a mental health substudy. It found that shifts exceeding 12 hours had more than a twofold increase in drowsiness events, alertness was impaired when driving at night, and that alertness was greatest for shifts beginning at 6 – 8 am. Click here to read the full report.

Industrial waste set to be electronically tracked from July 2019

The VIC Government has announced that industrial waste will be electronically monitored from July 2019 and paper transport certificates will be phased out. A new waste tracking tool will also be created in the next year, which will assist the EPA in identifying potential illegal storage of hazardous material. A new GPS electronic tracking system is expected to be finalised by March 2020 to give industry three months to transition before the Environment Protection legislation changes commence on 1 July 2020. More.

Mineral industries - Regulatory Impact Statement for draft Regulations

The Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions has released a Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) for consultation, to improve the overall quality of the proposed Mineral Resources (Sustainable Development) (Mineral Industries) Regulations 2019. The proposed Regulations will replace the 2018 Interim Regulations, which are due to sunset on 30 June 2019, and will clarify work plan and rehabilitation plan requirements. More.

WA - Transition to work health and safety laws progressing

The Commission for Occupational Safety and Health has stated that it will consider draft consultative documents, following consultation on a Work Health and Safety Bill. Three sets of WHS Regulations have been drawn up for general industry, mining and petroleum. Major hazard facilities would remain under current legislation until the new WHS laws have been in place for two years. More.

Queensland - new waste management laws passed

Amendments to the Waste Reduction and Recycling Act 2011 have passed Parliament, reintroducing a waste disposal levy for Queensland. The levy will begin on 1 July 2019 at a rate of $75 per tonne for general waste, $155 per tonne for Category 1 regulated waste and $105 per tonne for Category 2 regulated waste. More here and here.

Development of Victorian workplace manslaughter laws begun

The VIC Government has announced that work on the proposed new workplace manslaughter laws and establishment of an implementation task force have commenced. The new criminal offence is proposed to apply to employers and individuals whose negligence leads to the death of an employee or member of the public. More

Draft water resource plan for northern Victoria released

The VIC Government is seeking public feedback on a draft Water Resource Plan for northern VIC, released as part of the implementation of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan. The document outlines the region’s progress in meeting the requirements of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan using the existing water management framework. Consultation closes 18 March 2019. More.

Queensland - Workplaces - next phase of dairy farm audits

Workplace Health and Safety QLD has announced that the next phase of dairy farm audits will begin in March and will look at overall WHS compliance, including risks related to plant, electricity, chemicals, working at height, safety management systems and diseases. More

WA - Container Deposit Scheme legislation introduced

The WA Government has introduced the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Amendment (Container Deposit) Bill 2018 into Parliament, following public feedback on the consultation regulation impact statement. WA’s container deposit scheme will provide a $0.10 refund for all eligible beverage containers returned for recycling or reuse and is expected to start in early 2020. More here and here.