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    Education and Industrial Relations
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Have your say on National Workplace Health and Safety laws

    Education and Industrial Relations
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Thursday, March 03, 2011

    Have your say on National Workplace Health and Safety laws

    Minister for Industrial Relations Cameron Dick today invited Queenslanders to have their say on new national workplace health and safety laws.

    “At present each state and territory has its own workplace health and safety laws, however, harmonising legislation across Australia will deliver consistent levels of safety to all Australian workers,” Mr Dick said.

    “Safe Work Australia has released draft model regulations along with priority codes of practice, an issues paper and a regulatory impact statement for public comment.

    “I encourage people to look at the material on the Safe Work Australia website and have their say.

    “The current consultation phase is an important part of getting a consistent approach across the country.

    “Changes to workplace health and safety laws will have a direct effect on employers and workers, so it is important for Queensland businesses and interested parties to make their views known."

    Mr Dick said the Bligh Government’s number one priority is ensuring workers’ protections are not reduced by any change.

    “The Bligh Government, along with other the states and territories, provided extensive input into the draft laws,” he said.

    The proposed laws will include changes for the electrical and mining industries.

    While Queensland will incorporate these changes, electrical safety, mining safety and workplace health and safety will remain separate pieces legislation.

    “The new laws are expected to commence across all jurisdictions from 1 January 2012,” Mr Dick said.

    The public comment period provides an opportunity for individuals and organisations to participate in the development of this national model work health and safety.

    The documents are available at www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au and submissions close on Monday 4 April 2011.

    More information about Workplace Health and Safety laws can be found at www.justice.qld.gov.au

    Media: Minister for Education and Industrial Relations 3227 1072