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Call for Victoria and Western Australia to harmonise OHS laws

Posted On November 29, 2013

Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations Bill Shorten recently called on Victoria and Western Australia to harmonise their OHS laws and introduce Bills based on the model Work Health and Safety Act.

Minister Shorten’s call came on the back of South Australia’s and Tasmania’s planned introduction of harmonised laws effective from 1 January 2013.

“Workers and employers in South Australia and Tasmania will join millions of other Australians already benefiting from harmonised WHS laws in other states and territories. This year marks the first time in history the majority of Australians will be covered by harmonised work health and safety arrangements,” he said.

This means 64 in every 100 working Australians will be covered by harmonised OHS laws, Minister Shorten said.

The laws will reduce red tape and deliver safer workplaces and are estimated to generate national net benefits of $250 million each year over the next 10 years, according to Minister Shorten, who added that the laws are also expected to generate productivity improvements of up to $2 billion a year over the same period.

“Our most important resource is our people – giving them certainty and greater safety at work is vitally important. With this in mind, I now call on Victoria and Western Australia to introduce their Bills, so workers in these states may also benefit from harmonised laws,” he said.

Source: sia.org.au

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