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Comcare is seeking your feedback on guidance for Work Health and Safety (WHS) undertakings (News)

02 March 2020

We need feedback on guidelines for giving a WHS undertaking under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011.

Comcare has drafted guidelines that outline the purpose, acceptance process and procedure for giving a WHS undertaking under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (WHS Act).

A WHS undertaking is a legally binding written commitment given by a person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) to implement effective health and safety initiatives that are designed to deliver tangible benefits for workers, industry and the community.

A WHS undertaking that is accepted by Comcare can operate as an alternative to a court-imposed sanction for an alleged contravention.

Comcare has prepared a draft guide to WHS Undertakings which explains how to apply for a WHS undertaking using the prescribed WHS Undertaking Template.

The guide outlines what factors Comcare considers before accepting a WHS undertaking, and explains what to expect when:

  • a WHS undertaking is accepted
  • a WHS undertaking is not accepted, and
  • a person fails to comply with the terms of a WHS undertaking.

Feedback is now closed.

Page last reviewed: 15 December 2019
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Date printed 18 Oct 2021