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WHS in Western Australia is Changing

Published November 02, 2021 (last updated November 16, 2021) Author: Employsure

The face of health and safety at work will change throughout Western Australia following the state government’s announcement that the new work health and safety (WHS) legislation will come into force in January 2022, once they finalise the WHS regulations.

What Does it Mean for Business Owners?

Any business or undertaking that operates in any capacity within Western Australia, will be impacted.

The new changes will include, but not limited to:

  • new roles
  • new terminology that introduces broader duties for duty holders
  • new and/or additional duties on designers, manufacturers, importers and suppliers of plant or structures
  • a redefined workplace that effectively increases the breadth and depth of the laws
  • additional powers and functions for health and safety representatives
  • increased enforcement tools and penalties but with greater governance over decisions made by the inspector and regulator
  • the new offence of industrial manslaughter as a strong deterrent effect and to accord with community expectations
  • enforceable undertakings as an alternative to prosecution
  • prohibition on insurance and indemnity arrangements covering penalties
  • a specific duty for providers of work health and safety services to ensure those services do not pose a risk to persons at the workplace.

What’s Next?

Employsure recognises that such changes will impact greatly on our clients. They will need to be fully aware of their new responsibilities to help ensure ongoing compliance. Some will be ready and waiting, whilst others will need additional support as they move to adapt to the new upcoming changes – Will you be ready?

In the meantime, continue to comply with your current obligations under the current health and safety laws.

Webinar for Employsure Clients

To help you better understand the change, we’re hosting a free, live webinar hosted by our workplace health and safety (WHS) expert Larry Drewsen, who has over 40 years’ of experience working in WHS. 

This webinar will cover: 

  • What’s changing 
  • Why this change is important to you 
  • Why businesses outside of WA may be impacted by this change 
  • Your general responsibilities and obligations under this legislation change 

This is an opportunity for you to ask questions if you’re interested in finding out more about the WHS laws.  

This webinar will take place on Tuesday 23 November at 10am WA time* and will go for approximately 45 minutes. 

Need More Advice?

Employsure is one of Western Australia’s largest WHS advisers. We can help your business, whether it is based in Western Australia or interstate, understand and implement these changes.

Call Us For Free Initial Advice

Our team can help give you free initial advice on any WHS or workplace relations topic.

About Employsure

Employsure is one of Australia’s largest workplace relations advisers to small- and medium-businesses, with over 30,000 clients in ANZ. We take the complexity out of workplace legislation to help small business employers protect their business and their people.

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