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Victorian OH&S Legislation Change

Victorian OH&S Legislation Change (Last Updated On: October 5, 2017)

Victorian workplaces have been impacted with yet another change to workplace health and safety legislation following the WorkSafe Legislation Amendment Bill 2017 passing through Parliament. While some of the changes are minor, there are some aspects which employers should be across.

Changes include:

  • failing to notify WorkSafe of an incident or failing to preserve an incident site may result in fines of up to $38,000 for individuals and $190,000 for corporations
  • the amount of time to prosecute serious offences is extended giving WorkSafe more time to penalise a business owner
  • new penalties can be applied where an enforceable undertaking (EU) has been breached
  • a new compensation entitlement of up to $5,000 for family members to travel to visit an injured worker in hospital or attend a funeral
  • notices issued by WorkSafe inspectors can now be served by email

The changes will have a different level of impact on every workplace, but employers of every industry should ensure they notify WorkSafe in a timely manner if there is an incident in the workplace.

For advice on what a notifiable incident is, or how to report one, as well as how to manage safety in the workplace employers should contact Employsure on 1300 651 415.

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