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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 (Cth) (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.

Comcare is seeking feedback from the jurisdiction on the following draft documents:

How to submit your feedback

Comments and feedback will be accepted until Sunday 29 March 2020.
It is preferred that feedback is supplied as tracked changes within the draft documents.

Submit your feedback to: WHSUndertakingConsultationFeedback@comcare.gov.au

Page last reviewed: 15 December 2019
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Date printed 12 Aug 2020