Western Australia’s Work Health and Safety Act 2020

A date has been set for the introduction of the new Western Australian WHS Laws. In March 2022, the McGowan Government announced WA’s new Work, Health and Safety (WHS) laws will commence on Thursday 31st March 2022.

This is an Australian first, bringing together most Western Australian workplaces under one Act. The formal title of the Act is the Work Health and Safety Act 2020. It provides a framework to protect the health, safety and welfare of workers in WA workplaces, and of other people who might be affected by the work.

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What does this mean for you?

Ensure your business is across the new changes and has an implementation and preparation process in place for the new regulations. To cater for Western Australia’s unique working conditions, three sets of regulations have been developed covering;

  • General Workplaces
  • Mining
  • Petroleum

Copies of the regulations are now available online [click here]

In addition, WorkSafe has released three documents to provide information on the principles and framework for the regulatory approach that will be taken under the new Work Health and Safety Act (WHS Act 2020) implementation. These include;



For more information about the Work Health and Safety Act and Regulations, please refer to the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety website [click here]

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