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Injured Workers – Will Claims Cost You Less?

WorkCover New South Wales (WorkCover NSW) has announced the most significant workers compensation premium changes for medium and large employers in New South Wales since the commencement of the current workers compensation...more

5/27/2015  /  Australia , Premiums

New WA Work Health & Safety Bill and OFSC Dispenses with Requirement for AS 4801 Accreditation

The Western Australian (WA) Government has introduced its long awaited Work Health and Safety Bill 2014 (Bill) and is currently seeking public feedback on the draft legislation. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch...more

New South Wales Supreme Court Clarifies Inspectors' Powers Under Sections 155 and 171 of the WHS Act

The recent decision of Hunter Quarries Pty Ltd v New South Wales (Hunter Quarries Decision), as provided welcome clarification regarding the operation of an inspector's powers under sections 155 and 171 of the Work Health and...more

Come Again Another Day? Changes to Union Right of Entry

Queensland Government legislates to scrap WHS permit holders' power to issue stop work orders and Federal Government introduces Fair Work Act Amendment Bill to parliament - In the ever changing landscape of industrial...more

4/29/2014  /  Australia , Right of Access , Unions

The Impact of New Heavy Vehicle Regulations in the Road Transport Industry

With the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) beginning in February 2014 and the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal's first Road Safety Remuneration Order (RSRO) commencing in early May 2014, this year promises to be challenging...more

4/3/2014  /  Roads , Trucking Industry

SafeWork Australia Releases Amended Work Health and Safety Regulations

SafeWork Australia has issued a revised version of the model Work Health and Safety Regulations (Regulations). The Regulations are not yet in force, but will introduce the following key changes if they are adopted in...more

2/14/2014  /  Australia , Workplace Safety

District Court has Jurisdiction to Hear OHS Matters

The New South Wales Court of Appeal (Court of Appeal) and the New South Wales Parliament have confirmed that the District Court has jurisdiction to hear prosecutions brought under the previous occupational health and safety...more

12/2/2013  /  Australia , Jurisdiction

Bill to Recommence WHS Prosecutions Goes Before NSW Parliament

A Bill enabling WorkCover to revive work health and safety prosecutions commenced by solicitors and to vest jurisdiction in the District and Local Courts to hear Work Health and Safety (WHS) matters has been introduced into...more

10/18/2013  /  Australia , Safety Laws

Safe Work Australia Releases Draft WHS Code of Practice for Construction Work

On 30 August 2013, Safe Work Australia released a revised draft model Work Health and Safety Code of Practice for Construction Work (Code) after it was determined that the original draft Code needed to provide a greater level...more

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