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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.

Overviews of the new WHS Act and general regulations

Overview documents provide Information on the new WHS laws coming into effect in 2022. Guidance for mines and petroleum regulations will be released at a later date.

Overview of the Act Overview of the general regulations

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.

What is a code of practice? 

A code of practice provides detailed information on how you can achieve the standards required under work health and safety (WHS) law.

Codes of practice do not replace the law, but can help you understand what you need to do to comply with specific regulations and provide a safe and healthy workplace.

What will happen to current codes of practice? 

Transition arrangements allow for codes of practice approved under the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 and Mines Safety and Inspection Act 1994 to continue being in effect if approved by the Minister. 

Codes of practice will be published on the department’s website after they are approved by the Minister.

What are interpretive guidelines? 

Interpretive guidelines describe how the WHS regulator believes key concepts in the WHS Act will operate and provide an indication of how the laws will be enforced.

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