Role of the regulator

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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.

Who is the regulator under the WHS Act? 

The WorkSafe Commissioner is the regulator under the WHS Act. The Commissioner will be responsible to the Minister for Industrial Relations for the administration of:

  • the WHS Act, and 
  • any other laws relating to work health and safety administered by the Minister. 

Functions of the Regulator 

The regulator has a broad range of functions, including:

  • monitoring and enforcing compliance with the WHS Act (and regulations)
  • providing advice and information on work health and safety to duty holders and the community
  • collecting, analysing and publishing statistics relating to work health and safety
  • fostering a cooperative, consultative relationship between duty holders and the people to whom they owe work health and safety duties, and their representatives
  • promoting and supporting education and training on matters relating to work health and safety
  • engaging in, promoting and coordinating the sharing of information to achieve the object of the WHS Act, including the sharing of information with other work health and safety regulators
  • conducting and defending legal proceedings under the WHS Act.

Looking for more information? 

Visit the WorkSafe Commissioner’s profile on www.wa.gov.au.

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