Nationally Consistent WHS Laws Background

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Consult Australia WHS submissions

In April 2008, the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, the Hon Julia Gillard MP, announced a national review into model Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) Laws.

The review will be conducted by an advisory panel who were asked to report to the Workplace Relations Ministers’ Council on the optimal structure and content of a model WHS Act that is capable of being adopted in all jurisdictions.

The aim of harmonising WHS laws is to cut red tape, boost business efficiency and provide greater certainty and protections for all workplace parties. It also aims to reduce the incidence of workplace death, injury and disease right across Australia.

Please find below a list of Consult Australia submissions based on the national review into model OHS Laws.


Consult Australia recommends that by developing and implementing a model WHS Act that is adoped in all jurisdictions it will:

  • Help workplace productivity, participation and efficiency;
  • Reduce compliance red-tape;
  • Provide greater shared protections for all stakeholders; and
  • Harmonise designer specific duties of care.


Consult Australia is currently participating in the National Review into Model Workplace Health and Safety Laws. The Review aims to:

  • Propose and design the optimal structure and content of a model WHS Act;
  • Develop Nationally consistent regulations, codes of practices and industry guidelines; and
  • Deliver improved workplace health and safety performance and safer working environments.


Consult Australia continues constructive engagement with all events of government, the National Review Panel, industry and our members through the WHS Roundtable as we work towards the development of nationally consistent legislation.

While working towards a nationally consistent approach to WHS, Consult Australia continues to respond to the regular governmental reviews of WHS legislation in each state and territory.

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