Hon Bill Johnston MLA

Hon Bill Johnston MLA

Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Energy; Industrial Relations

    Recommendations on new Work Health and Safety laws released

    30/06/2018 9:00 AM
    • Ministerial Advisory Panel releases its recommendations for new WHS Bill
    • Western Australians can have their say at information sessions throughout July 

    The McGowan Government is pleased to release the recommendations for a modernised Work Health and Safety (WHS) Act for Western Australia.  


    In July 2017, Commerce and Industrial Relations Minister Bill Johnston formed a Ministerial Advisory Panel to advise on the development of a new and improved WHS Act, based on the national model WHS Act.      


    The new WHS laws will cover all workplaces in Western Australia including mines, petroleum and general workplaces, and be aligned with the legislation in other Australian jurisdictions.


    The development of the Bill will involve extensive consultation with stakeholders and the community, prior to expected introduction to State Parliament in mid-2019.


    Western Australians are encouraged to attend the Modernising Work Health and Safety laws information sessions in Joondalup, Perth, Katanning, Albany and Bunbury throughout July.


    Additional sessions will be conducted in Karratha, Port Hedland, Kalgoorlie, Geraldton, Broome and Mandurah - venues and dates to be announced shortly.


    The public consultation period closes on August 31, 2018.


    For the list of recommendations, and information session details, visit: http://www.commerce.wa.gov.au


    Comments attributed to Commerce and Industrial Relations Minister Bill Johnston:


    "I encourage the community to have their say on the modernisation of WA's Work Health and Safety laws, which is long overdue.


    "Our State's occupational, health and safety legislation is 30 years old and outdated.  


    "The new Bill will strength the national harmonisation of laws and facilitate a consistent approach of health and safety in the workplace."


    Minister's office: 6552 6700