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The Ministerial Advisory Panel (MAP) has decided on its procedures, and will meet fortnightly to develop drafting instructions for a modernised Work Health and Safety (WHS) Act in Western Australia.   The National Model WHS Act, of 2016, developed by Safe Work Australia, will be considered in detail and developed for eventual drafting of the new Western Australian WHS Act. The components of the Model WHS Act to be considered at each MAP meeting are listed below.

Proposed agenda topics for discussion

13 October 2017

  1. The Model Act Part 1 – Preliminary 
    Subdivision 2 - Other Important Terms
    s. 7, 8 and 9 (pp.10-12 incl. Jurisdictional note 7 p.197)
  2. The Model Act Part 3 – Incident Notification (p.35-39)
  3. The Model Act Part 4 – Authorisations (pp.40-43)
  4. The Model Act Part 5 – Consultation, representation and participation 
    s. 46-82 (pp. 44-72)

27 October 2017

Items deferred from previous meeting

  1. The Model Act Part 3 – Incident notification
    s. 36 What is a serious injury or illness (p.35)

For General Consideration

  1. The Model Act Part 5 – Consultation, representation and Participation 
    Section 57-103 (pp. 25-81) 
  2. The Model Act Part 6 – Discriminatory, coercive and misleading conduct 
    (p. 82-92) 
  3. The Model Act Part 7 – Workplace entry by WHS entry permit holders 
    (p.93-112) 
  4. The Model Act Part 8 – The regulator 
    (p.113-116)

10 November 2017

Items deferred from previous meeting

  1. The Model Act Part 3 – Incident notification 
    s. 36 What is a serious injury or illness - Additional clause (d) regarding notification (p.35)
  2. The Model Act Part 5 – Consultation, representation and participation 
    s. 70 General obligations of person conducting business or undertaking - (1) (g) “a person assisting… to have access” (p.62) 
  3. The Model Act Part 5 – Consultation, representation and participation 
    s. 76 Constitution of committee – Additional clause after (4)

For General Consideration

  1. The Model Act Part 5 – Consultation, representation and participation 
    s. 79-103 (pp. 70-81)
  2. The Model Act Part 6 – Discriminatory, coercive and misleading conduct (p. 82-92)
  3. The Model Act Part 7 – Workplace entry by WHS entry permit holders (p.93-112)
  4. The Model Act Part 8 – The regulator (p.113-116)

24 November 2017

Items deferred from previous meeting

  1. The Model Act Part 3 – Incident notification
    s. 36 What is a serious injury or illness
    Additional clause (d) regarding notification if 10 or more days off work (p.35)
  2. The Model Act Part 5 – Consultation, representation and participation
    s. 70 General obligations of person conducting business or undertaking 
    (1) (g) “a person assisting… to have access” (p.62) 
  3. The Model Act Part 5 – Consultation, representation and participation
    s.79 Duties of person conducting business or undertaking
    (2) Additional clarification (p.70)
  4. The Model Act Part 5 – Consultation, representation and participation
    s. 84 Right of worker to cease unsafe work
    s. 85 Health and safety representative may direct that unsafe work cease (p.73)

For General Consideration

  1. The Model Act Part 6 – Discriminatory, coercive and misleading conduct
    (p. 82-92)
  2. The Model Act Part 7 – Workplace entry by WHS entry permit holders 
    (p.93-112)
  3. The Model Act Part 8 – The regulator
    (p.113-116)

6 December 2017

Items deferred from previous meeting

  1. The Model Act (2011) Part 7 – Workplace entry by WHS entry permit holders 
    s. 117 Entry to inquire into suspected contraventions (Model Act (2011) p.94)

For General Consideration

  1. The Model Act (2016) Part 7 – Workplace entry by WHS entry permit holders
    s. 124 – 151 (p.98-112)
  2. The Model Act (2016) Part 8 – The regulator 
    (p.113-116)
  3. The Model Act (2016) Part 9 – Securing compliance
    (p.117-137)

2 February 2018

Items deferred from previous meeting

  1. The Model Act (2011) Part 7 – Workplace entry by WHS entry permit holders
    s. 117 Entry to inquire into suspected contraventions
  2. The Model Act (2011) Part 7 – Workplace entry by WHS entry permit holders
    s. 119 Notice of entry
  3. The Model Act (2016) Part 8 – The regulator 
    Division 2 Powers of regulator to obtain information (p.114)
    Proposed new provision to follow s.155
  4. The Model Act (2016) Part 9 – Securing compliance
    s. 160 (f) (p.119) – research to be provided 
  5. The Model Act (2016) Part 9 – Securing compliance 
    s. 165 (f) (p.121) - Proposed new provision
  6. The Model Act (2016) Part 9 – Securing compliance 
    s. 171(p.125) –amended section proposed 
  7. The Model Act (2016) Part 9 – Securing compliance 
    s. 172 (p.126) –amended section proposed

For General Consideration

  1. The Model Act (2016) Part 9 – Securing compliance 
    Sections 175-190 (p.128-137) 
  2. The Model Act (2016) Part 7 – Workplace entry by WHS entry permit holders   
    Sections 141-151 (p. 105-112)

16 February 2018

For General Consideration

  1. The Model Act Part 7 - Workplace entry by WHS entry permit holders 
    s. 116-140 (p.93-105)
    Review and amend previously agreed provisions to insert relevant State law and and authorising authority.
  2. The Model Act Part 7 - Workplace entry by WHS entry permit holders
    Division 6 – Dealing with disputes
    s.141-143 (p.105-107)
  3. The Model Act Part 7 - Workplace entry by WHS entry permit holders  
    Division 7 - Prohibitions, Division 8 - General
    s.144-151 (p.107-112)
  4. The Model Act  Part 12 – Review of Decisions
    Division 1 reviewable decisions
    s. 223 (p.152-156)

2 March 2018

Items deferred from previous meeting

  1. The Model Act (2016) Part 5 – Consultation, representation and participation 
    s. 89 Request to regulator to appoint inspector to assist 
  2. The Model Act (2016) Part 11 – Enforceable undertakings 
    s. 215(p.147) The designated court 
  3. The Model Act (2016) Part 11 – Enforceable undertakings 
    s. 216 (2) (p.148) WHS undertaking for Category 2 offence where a fatality has occurred 
  4. The Model Act (2016) Part 12 – Review of decisions 
    s. 223 (p. 152-157) Inclusion of unions 
  5. The Model Act (2016) Part 12 – Review of decisions 
    s. 229 (p. 160) Application for external review 
  6. The Model Act (2016) Part 13 – Legal proceedings 
    s. 231 (p. 161-163) Procedure if prosecution is not brought 

For General Consideration

  1. The Model Act (2016) Part 7 – Workplace entry by WHS entry permit holders
    s. 141 – 151 (p.105-112)
  2. The Model Act (2016) Part 13 – Legal proceedings 
    s. 230-267 (p. 161-179)
  3. The Model Act (2016) Part 14 – General 
    s. 268-276 (p. 180-187) 
  4. The Model Act (2016) Part 1 – Preliminary Division 3 Interpretation – Subdivision 1 – Definitions
    s. 4 (p. 3-8)

 

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