Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations

Work Health and Safety

The Work Health and Safety Act 2011 img-icn-extlink came into effect in the ACT on 1 January 2012. This Act has replaced the former Work Safety Act 2008.  The Act provides a legislative framework to secure the health, safety and wellbeing of all workers in the Territory.

A new set of supporting regulations, the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011img-icn-extlink also came into effect on 1 January 2012.

The Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations Division in the Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate is responsible for policy aspects of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 and Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011. Access Canberra (WorkSafe ACT) in responsible for ensuring compliance with these laws, including enforcement and other regulatory matters.

Work Health and Safety Act and Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011

The Work Health and Safety Act 2011 replaced the former Work Safety Act 2008 with effect from 1 January 2012. Further information can be found at the Access Canberraimg-icn-extlink website.

The Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 provides additional detail on specific work issues, such as workplace arrangements, facilities, licensing high risk work, construction, plant safety, electricity safety and performing hazardous manual tasks.

Dangerous Substances

The Dangerous Substances Act 2004img-icn-extlink provides the statutory framework for regulating the way that dangerous goods and hazardous substances are managed in the ACT. Dangerous substances include, for example, chemicals, asbestos, fireworks and other types of explosives.

The Dangerous Substances Act complements other laws that provide for regulation of work health and safety, environmental protection, handling infectious and radioactive material, control of firearms and ammunition, drugs and the transportation of dangerous goods.  Together, these laws are intended to ensure that there is a comprehensive system of regulation and control of materials and situations that could cause significant injury to people or damage to property and the environment if not properly managed.

The Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations Division in the Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate is responsible for policy aspects of the Dangerous Substances Act.  Access Canberra (WorkSafe ACT) is responsible for ensuring compliance with these laws, including enforcement and other regulatory matters.

Further specific information can be found on the Asbestos img-icn-extlink website.

ACT Work Safety Council

The Work Safety Council is established under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 to advise the Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations on work safety, workers’ compensation and dangerous substances laws, approval of Codes of Practice and Protocols, education and training and promoting safety at work.

The Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations appoints Council Members on a part time basis for up to three years.  The Council is comprised of thirteen members: four members representing workers, four members representing employers, four other members appointed by the Minister and the ACT Work Safety Commissioner.

A list of current Work Safety Council members may be obtained by the Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations Division in the Chief Minister, Treasury and Economic Development Directorate.

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Email: worksafetypolicy@act.gov.au