Safety Bulletin - September 2021

Western Australia – New Work Health and Safety Act to commence January 2022

The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety has announced that the new WHS Act is expected to commence in January 2022. Supporting information to assist with the transition to the new work, health and safety laws, as well as a guide which provides a general overview of the new Act have also been published. The current occupational, petroleum and mines safety legislation will continue to apply until commencement of the new laws, however businesses, organisations and workers are encouraged to familiarise themselves with their obligations.


See the Western Australia Government’s press release here


Queensland – Anti-discrimination law submissions sought

The QLD Human Rights Commission has opened submissions to the public as part of its review of anti-discrimination legislation. Submissions are welcomed from anyone who has experienced discrimination or harassment, including sexual harassment, and from those who support or work with individuals who experience discrimination. A discussion paper will also be published in November and in-person consultations will follow.

Comments close 1 March 2022.


See the Queensland Human Rights Commission’s timeline here.


Have your say and make a submission here. 


Australian Capital Territory – Industrial manslaughter penalties increased

The ACT Government has passed legislation that will transfer the industrial manslaughter offence from the Crimes Act 1900 to the Work Health and Safety Act 2011. The Work Health and Safety Amendment Act 2021 will introduce penalties of up to 20 years in prison for individuals, and fines of $16,500,000 for corporations whose disregard for workplace health and safety obligations results in the death of a worker. The changes will commence 11 November 2021.


Read the ACT Government’s media release here.


See WorkSafe ACT’s media release here.