Responsibilities of volunteers and volunteer organisations at the workplace

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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.

How does the WHS Act describe volunteers and volunteer organisations? 

The WHS Act describes a volunteer as a person who acts on a voluntary basis regardless of whether they receive out of pocket expenses. 
Under the WHS Act, a volunteer association is a group of volunteers working together for one or more community purposes—whether registered or not—that does not employ anyone to carry out work for the association.

Duties of volunteers 

Volunteers that owe duties under the WHS laws cannot be prosecuted except in relation to their worker’s duty. 

Where can I get more information? 

Refer to Safe Work Australia’s online content for volunteer organisations and volunteers for more information.

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