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On 11 April 2019 the Australian Government assumed a caretaker role, with an election to be held 18 May 2019.
Information on websites maintained by Comcare will be published in accordance with the Guidance on Caretaker Conventions until after the election and conclusion of the caretaker period.


Emergencies can happen anywhere, anytime as a result of human or natural causes.

Are you prepared?


  • death
  • serious injury
  • property loss


Dependant on the context and conditions, but may include for example:

  • The WHS regulations (division 4) require a PCBU to prepare, maintain and implement emergency plans. Including
    • Effective response to the emergency
    • Getting people safely out of a building
    • Provision of medical treatment
    • Notifying relevant authorities
    • Training workers in evacuation plans
    • Test evacuation plans
  • Contingency plans for alterative work if the premises are not fit to return to work in


Information sourceContents
Safe Work Australia - Code of Practice: How to Manage Work Health and Safety RisksThis code provides practical guidance for persons who have duties under the WHS Act and Regulations to manage risks to health and safety
Comlaw - Emergencies - Division 4 of the Work Health and Safety Regulations 2011Specific information relating to the management of emergencies under the WHS regulations


Information sourceWhat it contains
Comlaw - Incident notification - Part 3, Section 35 to 37 of the Work, Health and Safety Act 2011The legislative requirements for incident notification to Comcare
Comcare - Guide to incident notificationComlaw - Incident notification - Part 3, Section 35 to 37 of the Work, Health and Safety Act 201Helps you decide whether you need to notify Comcare of an injury, illness or dangerous incident under the WHS Act1
Page last updated: 14 Mar 2017