Changes to work health and safety laws timeline

On 15 December 2021, Minister Stephen Dawson MLC made a Brief Ministerial Statement in Parliament advising that the Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws will come into effect in March 2022. Originally scheduled for January 2022, the new laws will bring together work health and safety for general industry, mines and petroleum and geothermal operations under a single WHS Act.

Draft WHS regulations

Drafting the WHS regulations for all three sectors has been a very complex process. The Government has allocated significant resources to the drafting process and now expects to have draft copies of the WHS regulations (referred to as ‘exposure drafts’) for the three sectors online and publicly available in late December on the Department’s website.

Copies of the WHS Regulations exposure drafts will be available at

WHS information update sessions

Throughout January and February 2022, the Department will hold a series of WHS Laws - Information Update sessions in the metropolitan and regional areas. Where possible, the sessions will be live streamed and recorded.

Planning and preparation for the information update sessions is still in progress. 

Stay informed 

The best way to be informed about when the WHS Regulations drafts are available and when registrations open for the WHS information update sessions is to subscribe to the WorkSafe email newsletter and follow WorkSafe on LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter.

Department News
16 Dec 2021

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