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Harmonisation of WHS laws

In 2008, Workplace Relations Ministers from around Australia agreed to nationally harmonise work health and safety (WHS) laws. Safe Work Australia is currently developing national model WHS laws, which the Commonwealth and each State and Territory will implement by the end of 2011.

The Work Health and Safety Bill 2011 imposes a specific duty on officers of corporations and unincorporated bodies to exercise due diligence to ensure that the corporation, club or association meets its work health and safety obligations.

This is different to the situation existing under the Workplace Health and Safety Act 1995, where corporate officers are deemed to be liable for health and safety offences committed by their corporation unless they can show that they exercised proper diligence to ensure that the corporation complied with the Act or that they were not in a position to influence the conduct of the corporation regarding the offence under the Act.

See our free guide - 'OHS Harmonisation -Your Questions Answered'.

For more information contact Everything OHS

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