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Work Health and Safety

The purpose of the Work Health and Safety laws (WHS laws) is to protect the health, safety and welfare of employees, volunteers and other persons who are at, or come in to contact with a workplace.

Different laws exist in each state and territory. New South Wales, South Australia, Queensland, the Northern Territory and Tasmania have ‘harmonised’ their WHS laws by enacting similar legislation, based on an agreed ‘model’ WHS Act. This means that in most states and territories and at the Commonwealth level, WHS laws impose similar obligations.

To download the Not-for-profit Law guide to Work Health and Safety Laws for community organisations, click here.

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