Health and Safety Legislation

OHS LegislationOHS legislation sets out the laws about health and safety requirements affecting most workplaces, work activities and specified high risk plant or equipment. It defines the pathway forward to assist workplaces provide a safe working environment. The OHS legislation seeks to protect the health and safety of everyone at a workplace – this includes employees, contractors, visitors or people working in a voluntary capacity. It is State based legislation which means that each state is required to independently manage and administer the compliance of workplaces in their state to the OHS legislation. This administrative role is undertaken by the Regulator.

The role of the Regulator is to exercise unbiased authority and supervision over a workplace, to ensure that the OHS legislation has been implemented into the way that each business manages their operations.

Included in the table below is a link to the homepage of the OHS Regulator in each State and a link to the OHS Act / WHS Act and OHS Regulation / WHS Regulation for each State.

Links to each States Health and Safety Regulator and Legislation

State Link to Regulator  Link to State Act Link to State Regulation
 ACT WorkSafe ACT WHS Act 2011 WHS Regulation 2011
 NSW SafeWork NSW WHS Act 2011 WHS Regulation 2017
 NT WorkSafe NT WHS Act WHS Regulations
 QLD Workplace Health and Safety Queensland  WHS Act 2011 WHS Regulation 2011
 SA SafeWork SA WHS Act 2012 WHS Regulations 2012
 TAS WorkSafe Tasmania WHS Act 2012 WHS Regulations 2022
 VIC WorkSafe Victoria OHS Act 2004 OHS Regulations 2017
 WA WorkSafe Work Health and Safety Act 2020 Work Health and Safety (General) Regulations 2022
Commonwealth Comcare WHS Act 2011 WHS Regulations 2011
National Safe Work Australia N/A N/A

Need support with meeting the requirements of the Health and Safety Legislation?

If you have any questions regarding OHS Legislation, please do not hesitate to contact us. At Action OHS Consulting we want to work with you, to assist you to understand the OHS Legislation and from this proactively build a safe workplace together.