Work Health and Safety Act 2011

Work Health and Safety Act 2011 is designed to provide for a balanced and nationally consistent framework to secure the health and safety of workers and workplaces by:

(a) protecting workers and other persons against harm to their health, safety and welfare through the elimination or minimisation of risks arising from work; and
(b) providing for fair and effective workplace representation, consultation, co‑operation and issue resolution in relation to work health and safety; and
(c) encouraging unions and employer organisations to take a constructive role in promoting improvements in work health and safety practices, and assisting persons conducting businesses or undertakings and workers to achieve a healthier and safer working environment; and
(d) promoting the provision of advice, information, education and training in relation to work health and safety; and
(e) securing compliance with this Act through effective and appropriate compliance and enforcement measures; and
(f) ensuring appropriate scrutiny and review of actions taken by persons exercising powers and performing functions under this Act; and
(g) providing a framework for continuous improvement and progressively higher standards of work health and safety; and
(h) maintaining and strengthening the national harmonisation of laws relating to work health and safety and to facilitate a consistent national approach to work health and safety in this jurisdiction.

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