SA Moves Towards OHS Harmonisation

New legislation purposed with aligning South Australia’s workplace safety laws with the nation’s harmonised standards, are now being implemented.

Starting January 1, the states WHS Act 2012 took over where the Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare Act 1986 left off. This change means that SA has joined NSW, Queensland and the Australian Capital Territory in their adoption of the OHS Harmonisation laws.

SafeWork SA acting director Robin Scott reports that the new legislation will basically be aligned with existing requirements resulting in a minimal impact on businesses throughout the state.

“The new laws are consistent with the old, familiar laws but provide a new approach that clarifies everyone’s roles in workplace safety – from the employers, to the health and safety representatives, to the employee,” Scott says.
Scott commented on SA position as the only state to meet national targets of reducing injuries in 2012, as evidence of the state’s already strong safety record.
Scott the new legislation ensures consistency nationally, creating opportunities for solving safety issues and reducing injury rates for workplaces.
OHS Harmonised  laws are expected to ensure consistency in protection and national recognition of certification and training for interstate workers  in addition to reducing compliance costs for employers who throughout various states.

Despite coming to an agreement in 2009 at the Council of Australian Governments to harmonise the OHS laws,the national harmonisation of Occupational Health and Safety Laws in Australia have come to a standstill in Victoria and Western Australia .
More info on OHS Harmonisation 

Latest OHS news

Ep 26 Dr Lisa O’Brien, CEO of The Smith Family, exp...

Read more

Ep 25 Wayne Reilly shares his global experiences solving ...

Read more

Ep 24 An accident as a young electrical apprentice change...

Read more

What Is the 10559NAT Working with Asbestos Containing Mat...

Work Health and Safety Regulations cover a wide range of safety training including the ...

Read more

What Participants Say

“In over 20 years of training, this was one of the best courses I’ve ever attended.”

- Queensland Rail

“Great! The instructor made it interesting and enjoyable”

- Leighton Contractors

” We heard that AlertForce delivers one of the best courses around so the boss decided to send me to Australia from New Zealand.”

- Participant Public Course

“I liked the trainer’s positive outlook and uplifting approach towards completing the long day.”

- Visionstream

“Very competent training course. Trainer was very knowledgeable on subject.”

- Servicestream

“AlertForce provided an excellent trainer,  knowledgeable on the topic and allowed for active questioning.”

- DHS

“Informative and concise training delivered at the right pace.”

- AFMA.gov.au

“The Trainer was very engaging”

- Fair Work Commission

“Interesting, informative, relevant.”

- Airservices Australia

Payments & Security

Awards & Accreditations

Make an Enquiry: