Hon Bill Johnston MLA

Hon Bill Johnston MLA

Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Energy; Corrective Services; Industrial Relations

    Work Health and Safety Bill to be debated today

    18/02/2020 6:35 AM
    • Work Health and Safety Bill to be debated in Parliament today
    • Industrial manslaughter provisions featured in the Bill 

    The McGowan Government's Work Health and Safety (WHS) Bill will be debated in the Legislative Assembly today.


    To strengthen Western Australia's workplace safety laws, the WHS Bill will better protect workers, modernise safety laws and hold those responsible for any workplace deaths.


    The new legislation includes industrial manslaughter provisions carrying a maximum penalty of 20 years' imprisonment for an individual and a fine of $10 million for a body corporate.


    The new laws will make it illegal for insurance companies to indemnify entities against monetary penalties imposed under workplace health and safety laws.


    Additionally, the Bill will ensure there's an increased focus on mental health and wellbeing.


    Comments attributed to Industrial Relations Minister Bill Johnston:


    "The health and safety of workers is a priority for the McGowan Government, and I urge the Opposition Leader to do the right thing and support this very important Bill.


    "Our community has high expectations that every worker has the right to come home safely after a day at work, it's unacceptable to think otherwise.


    "Introducing industrial manslaughter laws will have a strong deterrence in this legislation and completely accords with community expectations.


    "The improved legislation, based on the national model Work Health and Safety Act, will help reduce costs for industry."


    Minister's office - 6552 6700