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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.

Download an overview to the new WHS laws

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

This information is designed to help WA organisations and their associated workforces (including volunteers) prepare for the new Work Health and Safety laws. More information will be added as it becomes available.

WHS Act and regulations


The formal title of the Act is the Work Health and Safety Act 2020. It provides a framework to protect the health, safety and welfare of workers in WA workplaces, and of other people who might be affected by the work.

The WHS Act and accompanying regulations will commence in 2022.

WHS regulations 

Extensive consultation has been carried out to develop the draft regulations, and work is still underway. Once the regulations are completed the Work Health and Safety Act and its regulations will come into force. Find out about the regulation consultation process.

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