Queensland's new work health and safety laws
Souce: DEIR Qld
In 2008, Workplace Relations Ministers from around Australia agreed to
nationally harmonise work health and
safety (WHS) laws. Each State and Territory will commence their work
health and safety laws, on 1 January 2012.
Queensland's new legislation
On 26 May 2011 Queensland Parliament became the first to pass the
Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (the
WHS Act 2011). The WHS Act 2011 reflects the national model WHS Act with
minor (but necessary) changes which enable it to operate within the
As the national model Act did not include recreational diving, a new
Safety in Recreational Water Activities Act
2011 (the SRWA Act) was also passed by the Queensland Parliament on 26
May 2011. Diving is a significant industry in Queensland and the SRWA Act
ensures that the strict safety standards in Queensland's diving and
snorkelling industries are maintained.
These Acts will be enacted on 1 January 2012.
These pages contain comparison tables as well as a more detailed analysis
of the differences:
For more information and for ongoing timeframes, visit
Safe Work Australia (non Queensland
period (Dec 2010 - April 2011)
The public comment period for the model Work Health and
Safety Regulations closed on 4 April 2011. Further information can be found
at Safe Work Australia website (non
Queensland Government link).
The public comment period provided an opportunity for individuals and
organisations to participate in the development of the model Work Health
and Safety Regulations and priority model Codes of Practice.
submission to the national review
In 2008, the Queensland Government made a submission to the
national review of occupational health and safety (OHS) laws.
Submission to the National OHS review
(PDF, 224 kB)