WA Stands Up To Canberra’s Bullying

WA Stands Up To Canberra’s Bullying

Western Australia for Commerce Minister Simon O’Brien

State Stands Up To Canberra On National OSH

Victor P Taffa

  • WA not given enough time to analyse impact of harmonised regulations

The State Government has told the Federal Government that implementation of the new national occupational safety and health laws are not attainable by January 1, 2012.

Commerce Minister Simon O’Brien has written to Federal Minister for Workplace Relations, Senator Chris Evans, to inform him Western Australia had not been given enough time to analyse the full impact of the model Work Health and Safety Regulations.

“WA has been left with an impossibly short period of time in which to analyse the impact on businesses of introducing a new set of laws, and this could have a devastating impact on our small business sector in particular.” Mr. O’Brien said.

“This is illustrated by the fact that only this morning the public comment period for the new mining regulations, due to end today, was extended by two weeks, further cutting down the time available to consider and incorporate the comments into the final set of regulations.”

“There are about 225,000 businesses in WA, about 95 % of which are small businesses with less than 20 employees. Those that operate only in WA are set to incur significant costs in implementing the new laws without the benefits purportedly associated with national legislation.” Mr. O’Brien said.

“The bottom line is that the time remaining before the proposed implementation date of January 1, 2012 is far too short to enable WA businesses to understand the new laws and to conduct training.”

“The State Government is not willing to place such an unnecessary financial and operational burden on WA businesses.”

“I have requested Senator Evans consult with all jurisdictions and delay implementation of the new laws, and I await his response.” Mr. O’Brien said.