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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.

The WHS Act provides for the establishment of the:

  • WorkSafe Commissioner 
  • Chief Inspector of Mines
  • Chief Inspector Petroleum Safety 
  • Work Health and Safety Commission (WHSC) 
  • Mining and Petroleum Advisory Committee (MAPAC) 
  • Work Health and Safety Tribunal.

Work Health and Safety Commission

The Work Health and Safety Commission is the statutory body advising on work health and safety. It consists of members representing PCBUs, workers, government and experts in work health and safety matters. 

Once the WHS legislation is proclaimed, the Commission for Occupational Safety and Health will be re-established as the Work Health and Safety Commission. 
The functions of the WHSC are outlined in section 18 of the WHS Act.

Mining and Petroleum Advisory Committee

The Mining and Petroleum Advisory Committee (MAPAC) is a statutory body advising on matters relating to work health and safety in the mining and petroleum industries. 

Once the WHS legislation is proclaimed, the Mining Industry Advisory Committee will be re-established as the Mining and Petroleum Advisory Committee. 

The functions of this committee may be outlined in the coming regulations, and may include assisting and providing advice to the Minister and/or the Commission in relation to work health and safety in mining and petroleum industries.

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