It makes amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (OHS Act), the Workplace Injury Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2013 (WIRC Act), the Accident Compensation Act 1985 (AC Act) and the Dangerous Goods Act 1985 (DG Act).
Amendments to the WIRC Act, AC Act and DG Act came into effect on Wednesday 27 September 2017, while amendments to the OHS Act will come into effect on a day to be proclaimed.
The amendments are designed to improve workplace safety by:
- strengthening compliance and enforcement tools
- ensuring penalties under health and safety laws act as a sufficient deterrent and breaches can be appropriately investigated
- ensuring that injured workers and their family member are entitled to fair and equitable compensation, and
- improving the workability of the four Acts.
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Credit: WorkSafe Victoria (06/10/2017)