Work health and safety laws

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Understanding WA work, health and safety (WHS) laws

Find out more about WA's new work, health and safety (WHS) laws and what you need to know.

Download an overview to the new WHS Act

The Overview of Western Australia’s Work Health and Safety Act 2020 provides information on the new WHS laws that come into effect in 2022.

Download the overview

Modernising WHS laws in WA

WA’s work health and safety (WHS) laws are being modernised to be more consistent with the rest of Australia. The new laws are largely based on the national model Work Health and Safety Act.Changes to the laws also mean that there will only be one Act for workplace safety and health across most WA industries.

The Act will be supported by three sets of industry specific regulations to suit WA’s unique conditions.

When do the new WHS laws come into effect?

WA’s work health and safety legislation is not expected to come into force until January 2022. This means that the current occupational, mines safety and petroleum safety legislation still applies.

Guiding you through WHS laws

Find out more about the key concepts of WHS, how it compares to current legislation and what duty holders can do to prepare for WA’s new WHS laws.

Message from Minister for Industrial Relations

The Hon Stephen Dawson, Minister for Industrial Relations provides an overview of Western Australia’s new work health and safety laws, which come into effect in January 2022.

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