Law and regulation

Safe Work Australia is a national policy body responsible for the development and evaluation of the model WHS laws (the model laws), which are comprised of:

The model laws have been developed for implementation by all jurisdictions (that is the Commonwealth, states and territories), however they do not apply in a jurisdiction unless the jurisdiction has separately taken action to implement the laws as their own WHS laws.

The model laws have been implemented in all jurisdictions except Victoria.

Each jurisdiction has a WHS regulator that:

  • enforces WHS laws
  • inspects workplaces
  • gives advice.