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Victoria will soon become the fourth Australian jurisdiction (following Queensland, the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory) to introduce workplace manslaughter offences. The Workplace Safety Legislation Amendment (Workplace Manslaughter and other matters) Bill 2019 will become law in Victoria on 1 July 2020. What are these new workplace manslaughter laws in Victoria? An expansion…
We all know we need to be assessing and managing risk in the workplace. The law is extremely clear that risk assessment is one of the key responsibilities of business owners and managers. Using the guidance provided by the Code of Practice for manual handling/manual tasks relevant to your state/territory is one of the most…
Codes of Practice (safety) are issued by Australian state and federal government agencies to advise employers and employees of acceptable ways of achieving compliance with occupational health and safety legislation. They are usually designed to be used in addition to statutes and regulations but can also be incorporated into legislation. One very useful application is…
Current Australian legislation and guidance: Australia-wide legislation: the Australasian Legal Information Institute or Lawlex are good.The Federal Register of Legislation site also has State and territorial legislation. Findlaw is a general resource on legal advice, finding lawyers, legislation and case reports. Victorian laws led the way for much of Australia’s OH&S reforming legislation.This site has links to legislation, Codes and related material. New…
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