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The WHS Act

On 1 January 2012, the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 and the Work Health and Safety Regulations 2011 took effect and replaced:

  • the Occupational Health and Safety Act 1991
  • the Occupational Health and Safety (Safety Standards) Regulations 1994
  • the Occupational Health and Safety (Safety Arrangements) Regulations 1991.

In addition, new Codes of Practice replaced the Occupational Health and Safety Code of Practice 2008, although some of the old codes were preserved.

Comcare is progressively replacing its publications to reflect the new laws. We expect these to be completed soon.

Please be aware that there may be some references on our website and in our publications to the old ‘occupational health and safety’ legislation.

Our new work health and safety publications will be easily identifiable but if you have difficulty locating these, or have any questions about the content of older publications, please call us on 1300 366 979.

The Act

The Regulations

Codes of Practice

Page last updated: 18 Sep 2014