In 2018, Safe Work Australia appointed an independent expert to lead the review into the model work health and safety (WHS) laws. The purpose of the 2018 review was to ensure that the laws are operating effectively.

The model WHS laws were developed in 2011 by Safe Work Australia in consultation with the Commonwealth, states and territories, following calls for a harmonised approach to WHS. The model WHS laws are made up of a model WHS Act, model WHS Regulations and model codes of practice.

During 2018, the review consisted of consultations in every capital city and two regional centres to meet with safety regulators, businesses, workers, unions, industry organisations, health and safety representatives, health and safety and legal practitioners, academics and community organisations.

Safe Work Australia has now released the Final Report – it can be accessed, along with further information on the Review and next steps, via the Safe Work Australia website here.

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