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Western Australia Minister for Commerce Simon O’Brien

NSW Falls In Line With WA On Harmonised WHS Laws

Victor P Taffa

  • Federal Government needs more considered approach to harmonisation
  • WA Government will assess impact on small business before any changes

Commerce Minister Simon O’Brien said today that he welcomed the news that New South Wales had come to a similar conclusion to that of the Western Australian Government on the timing of harmonisation of work health and safety laws.

The New South Wales Government has decided that implementation of the new national occupational safety and health laws (WHS) are not attainable on January 1, 2012 in that State.

“They now join us and Victoria in the sensible decision to wait until we have all the facts.” Mr. O’Brien said.

“This means the States covering the vast majority of Australia’s workers for WHS have had to place the process on hold.”

“I wrote to the Federal Minister for Workplace Relations Senator Chris Evans last month to inform him that WA had not been given sufficient time to analyse the full impact of the model Work Health and Safety Regulations.”

“The Federal Government did not meet the timelines it set for providing information about the new laws and their impact on WA businesses. The WA Government made the responsible decision to delay implementation to allow a reasonable time to analyse that impact.”

“The decision by the NSW Government supports WA’s stance that changes to the State’s already strong work health and safety laws should not be considered until we have properly assessed the effectiveness and potential impact of the Federal Government’s proposals.”

The NSW Government has submitted an Amendment Bill to Parliament that changes the implementation date of the model Work Health and Safety Bill from January 1, 2012 to the ‘date of proclamation’ in that State.


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