Work Health and Safety (WHS) in Australia refers to the system of laws, regulations, and practices aimed at ensuring the health, safety, and welfare of workers in the workplace. WHS is a crucial aspect of employment in Australia and is regulated at both the federal and state/territory levels.
At the federal level, the primary legislation governing work health and safety is the Work Health and Safety Act 2011. This act establishes a nationally harmonised framework for WHS in Australia. It sets out the general duties of employers, employees, and other duty holders, and provides the legal framework for the management of workplace health and safety risks.
Each state and territory in Australia also has its own WHS legislation that is based on the national framework but may have some variations. These state-specific laws are referred to as the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Acts or WHS Acts. For example, in…
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