Safe Work Australia
Safe Work Australia (SWA) is the national policy body responsible for developing and evaluating the model work health and safety (WHS) laws. SWA members are the federal, state and territory governments, unions and industry. All three work together to reduce fatalities, injury and disease in the workplace. The Australian Chamber is a member of SWA representing industry.
This gives our chamber and industry association members a unique opportunity to review SWA information and draft legislation before it is enacted. It also means our members are involved in other WHS initiatives, such as Australian Strategy 2012-2022.
Governments are responsible for regulating and enforcing WHS laws in their jurisdictions. Each jurisdiction has its own variations and jurisdictional requirements, but most have adopted the model framework. Western Australia is still considering public comment on a draft bill and Victoria is reviewing its legislation.
The model WHS legislation package comprises a model WHS act, supported by model WHS regulations, and model codes of practice. This package was developed by SWA members, including the Australian Chamber.
The Australian Chamber and its members help Australian businesses navigate the model WHS laws and WHS legislation around Australia. Our members provide support services, courses and help lines and can assist with compliance. Contact the Australian Chamber for referrals and assistance.
Practical information is more valuable than red tape, and employer associations are a trusted source for information and support. Together with SWA, the Australian Chamber produced this video, WHS Small Business and Responsive Regulation: