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Codes of Practice under the WHS Act

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A Code of Practice is a practical guide, approved under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011.

About the Codes of Practice

Each Code covers an issue or situation and:

  • offers ways to identify and manage risks
  • sets out how to achieve the standards required under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 and Work Health and Safety Regulations 2011.

An approved Code of Practice is admissible in court proceedings. Courts may:

  • regard an approved Code as evidence of what is known about a hazard, a risk, a risk assessment or control
  • rely on a Code to determine what is reasonably practicable in the circumstances.

Following the Code can be helpful if you have a related duty of care and need to comply with health and safety duties.

View the Codes of Practice

The following Codes of Practice are approved under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011:

Page last reviewed: 08 October 2020

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Date printed 19 May 2024