WHS National Information

Everyone has the right to a safe and healthy workplace.  You should be able to work in a good environment and return home safe and well at the end of every work day. 

Each state has its own Work Health and Safety Act which governs health and safety and these Act’s vary depending on which state you work in.

The main functions for WHS Acts are to ensure you are working in workplaces where your health or safety is not at risk.  The laws highlight that it is an employer’s responsibility to secure the health, safety and welfare of workers and other persons at work and to eliminate any risks.  These WHS Acts are supported by State WHS Regulations that provide in more detail how to ensure the Act is enforced.  The state may also have produced Compliance Codes that explain how to comply with certain parts of the Act.  These are the law, they are not optional and the employer has to abide by these.

Workers have the right to be consulted on any changes made in the workplace that may affect their welfare before the change is made.  Workers can initiate the formation of Designated Work Groups (DWGs) for sections of the workplace to discuss Health and Safety issues that affect certain work areas. A DWG is the area or section that you work in and is the mechanism for electing Health and Safety Representatives (HSRs).  These HSRs represent their Designated Work Group on OHS matters to the employer and management.  Under the WHS Acts HSRs have the power to enforce the law in their workplaces.  Please check out your states Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and the OHS Act to find out the powers a HSR has in your workplace.

Although each state currently has their own WHS legislation the Government is proposing a national ‘Harmonisation’ of the laws, meaning that some states may improve but others will dramatically weaken.  Laws that protect the Health and Safety of workers should not deteriorate because a National law is being created; we believe that each state should be brought up to the highest existing level of protection, not the proposed ‘watering down’ of what currently exists.  Australian unions have launched a major new campaign called 'Don't Risk Second Rate Safety' to prevent any reduction in rights and protections for workers.  Click on the following link to find out more:

Click the below link for the TCFUA's Briefing Paper in relation to the National Review into Model Occupational Health and Safety Laws

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Click here to find out more about Don’t Risk 2nd Rate Safety campaign.

Click here to find out more about Tea Room campaign.

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