The Health and Safety Reform Bill is likely to become law late next year.
The Transport and Industrial Relations Select Committee was originally due to
report back to the House on the draft Bill in September this year, however, this
was delayed due to the General Election. The Committee has reportedly only heard
about half of the oral submissions due to be presented. The due date has
therefore been revised, and the Committee will only report back to the House in
Additional delay is expected while WorkSafe drafts detailed regulations to
support the Bill, as well as Approved Codes of Practice and other guidance
material. The regulations are being drafted in consultation with Safe Work
Australia, practitioners and industry experts and will come into force at the
same time as the principal Act. The regulations will cover the following five
- general risk and worker management
- worker participation and representation
- hazardous substances
- major hazard facilities
As a result of the delay, the Bill is not expected to pass into law any
earlier than late 2015. There is also likely to be a transitional period before
the provisions of the Act come into force, in order to allow businesses to
prepare for the changes.
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