Model WHS Act comparison table now available


Safe Work Australia has published a table comparing the model Work Health and Safety (WHS) Act and the WHS Acts adopted by the harmonised jurisdictions.

The table outlines the similarities and differences between the WHS Acts. Some jurisdictions have made minor variations to their WHS Act to make it consistent with other laws and processes.

Businesses that operate in more than one jurisdiction can use the comparison table to identify how the relevant WHS Acts differ.

Most jurisdictions have implemented the model WHS Act. Western Australia has implemented the model WHS Act but it will not commence operation until regulations are finalised. The model WHS Act has not been implemented in Victoria.

The table will be updated periodically in consultation with jurisdictions, for example, to reflect any amendments to the model WHS Act or jurisdiction WHS Acts.

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Safe Work Australia, 15 December 2020