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Safe Work Australia unveils model WHS Act comparison table

Monday 11, Jan 2021

Safe Work Australia (SWA) has released a cross-comparison table that compares the model Work Health and Safety (WHS) Act and the WHS Acts adopted by the harmonised jurisdictions. The table outlines the similarities and differences between the WHS Acts, as some states have made minor variations to their WHS Act to make it consistent with other laws and processes.

The comparison table can help businesses that operate in more than one jurisdiction determine how the relevant WHS Acts differ. Most jurisdictions have implemented the model WHS Act; Western Australia has implemented the model WHS Act but will not commence operation until regulations are finalised. The model WHS Act has not been implemented in Victoria.

SWA will update the table periodically in consultation with jurisdictions, to reflect any amendments to the model WHS Act or jurisdiction WHS Acts.

The model WHS Act cross-comparison table can be downloaded here, via the SWA website.

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