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Occupational Health and Safety Legislation

WorkCover is responsible for enforcing the following laws concerning occupational health and safety and workers compensation:


Occupational Health and Safety Act 2000

Dangerous Goods Act 1975

Workplace Injury Management and Workers Compensation Act 1998

Workers Compensation Act 1987


Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2001

Dangerous Goods (General) Regulations 1999

Dangerous Goods (Gas Installations) Regulation 1998

Workers Compensation (General) Regulation 1995

Workplace Injury Management and Workers Compensation Regulation 2002

These Regulations are supported by a number of Codes of Practice and other guidance material.

These laws:
  • set out the legal obligations of employers, employees, designers, manufacturers and suppliers in relation to OHS and workers compensation;
  • set out WorkCover's function and responsibilities;
  • describe the legislative objectives and outcomes and set maximum penalties for non-compliance; and
  • assign WorkCover and its Inspectors various powers to administer and enforce the law.

For more information refer to the Law and Policy section of WorkCover website.