Australia's Attorneys-General have agreed to work towards the harmonisation of human rights and anti-discrimination legislation, and progress other recommendations aimed at tackling workplace s-xual harassment and improving safety.
NSW's WHS regulations are being amended to mandate PPE and safety induction training for gig economy riders, but the State Government has been accused of shielding "Silicon Valley behemoths" and blaming workers for a string of fatalities.
Higher level safety controls for inappropriate or unreasonable workplace behaviour include adjusting staff levels for peak periods and setting achievable targets, according to a draft Code of Practice from Western Australia. Meanwhile, a regulator has issued alerts on lightning strikes and autonomous vehicles.
Victoria has announced its average workers' comp premium rate for 2021-22, set aside $550 million for injury support and prevention initiatives, and released a draft Compliance Code on the provision of safe workplace facilities, including toilets, lighting and amenities for employees without fixed worksites.
Australia's first WHS Code of Practice on eliminating and minimising psychosocial risks has taken effect in NSW, and will, according to the State Government, remove the "guesswork" from tackling the issue. NSW has also launched its work safety awards for 2021.
Australia's WHS ministers have agreed to amend the model WHS Regulations to prescribe control measures for psychological risks, and significantly increase safety penalties, but proposed industrial manslaughter laws were voted down at their meeting yesterday.