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Independent review finds model Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws are operating as intended.

Safe Work Australia has announced that the review of the model WHS laws is complete and the report is currently available on the Safe Work Australia website.

“I commend the review report to WHS ministers for their consideration. On behalf of Safe Work Australia, I extend my thanks to Marie Boland for undertaking this important work and engaging widely with the community to understand how the model WHS laws are working in practice,” said Safe Work Australia Chair Ms Diane Smith-Gander.

“Safe Work Australia is committed to ensuring the model WHS laws are as effective as possible to keep Australian workers healthy and safe and will continue to conduct regular reviews,” said Ms Smith-Gander.

The report includes 34 recommendations to enhance the WHS framework. Key recommendations relate to the model WHS Regulations and Codes of Practice, including making regulations on psychological health, higher penalties and other measures to strengthen the compliance and enforcement framework and enhance deterrence, and clarifying requirements for meaningful WHS consultation, representation and participation to improve safety outcomes.

The review report is with WHS ministers for consideration at http://www. safeworkaustralia.gov.au/doc/review-model-whs-laws-final-report

More information can be found at http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/law-and-regulation/model-whs-laws/review-model-whs-laws

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