Browsing: WHS Harmonisation (NSW)


WHS Bill increases penalties and bans insurance in NSW

NSW has jumped the gun on the other harmonised jurisdictions by introducing a WHS Amendment Bill that increases fines through a penalty unit system, prohibits insurance against safety fines and facilitates work-related manslaughter prosecutions.


Model WHS amendments hinted in consultation review

The model WHS laws could be amended to increase the focus on psychological health, with the public consultation process for the ongoing review of the laws identifying widespread concerns over this issue and the absence of a "notification trigger" for psychological injuries.


WHS Bill introduces new powers and police exemptions

NSW is amending its mirror WHS Act to include extraterritorial powers and other recommendations from last year's statutory review, and to exempt police officers from prosecution for WHS breaches committed while dealing with armed offenders.


Reckless cost-saving ends in first category 1 conviction

A company's failure to follow its own safety management plans, and its desire to save costs on tradespeople and engineers, led to a horror bathroom fatality and the first conviction for reckless conduct under Australia's harmonised WHS regime.


Breaking news: First category 1 prosecution finalised

A mining company has been fined $900,000 from a maximum $3 million in the first finalised prosecution for reckless conduct under Australia's harmonised WHS laws.


37 questions posed for national WHS review

Safe Work Australia has launched the public consultation process for the review of the model WHS laws, posing 37 questions for discussion and pointing to the reasons why industrial manslaughter provisions weren't included in the Act.


WHS amendments coming to NSW

The harmonised WHS Act in NSW is being amended to include new penalty notice offences to crackdown on high recidivism rates, and to give safety regulators extraterritorial powers.


NSW reviewing pre-WHS Codes and union prosecutions

NSW WHS stakeholders are being asked to comment on whether to retain union-initiated safety prosecutions, and on the utility of the State's 20 pre-harmonisation Codes of Practice, as part of a mandatory statutory review.

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