WorkSafe WA and Safe Work Australia
WorkSafe is a division of the Department of Commerce, the Western Australian State Government agency responsible for the administration of the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984. The principal objective of the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 is to promote and secure the safety and health of people in the workplace.
WorkSafe administers the following standards for workplace safety in Western Australia:
- The Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 and Regulations;
- Codes of Practice; and
- Other documents such as Guidance Notes and Bulletins.
Moves are underway to develop a more closely integrated set of workplace safety regulations across Australia. This process is known as “harmonisation”.
An independent statutory agency, Safe Work Australia, has been established to be responsible for improving occupational health and safety and workers’ compensation arrangements across Australia.
Safe Work Australia has published a number of national model Codes of Practice, and it is intended that they will be adopted by the regulatory authorities in each State (such as WorkSafe in Western Australia). Information about these Codes of Practice is available here.
The harmonisation of workplace safety laws across Australia is a work in progress. WorkSafe has an explanation of the current state of play on its website here.