Legislation

Council is committed to providing a safe and healthy working environment for all workers and other persons and aims to achieve continued compliance with the requirements of the Work Health and Safety (WHS) Act 2011 and WHS Regulations 2017, approved Codes of Practice and Australian Standards.

All workplaces in New South Wales are bound by the following legislation:

It is important to understand that workplace health and safety allows us to achieve a safer workplace.

The Work Health and Safety Act 2011 provides a framework to protect the health, safety and welfare of all workers at work. It also protects the health and safety of all other people who might be affected by the work. 

All workers are protected by the WHS Act, including:

  • employees
  • contractors
  • subcontractors
  • an employee of a contractor or subcontractor
  • outworkers
  • apprentices and trainees
  • work experience students 
  • volunteers
  • employers who perform work. 

The Work Health and Safety Regulation 2017 supports the Act and provides more detail on how to prevent or minimise a risk at your workplace. If a risk at your workplace is not covered by the regulation or a code of practice then you must:

  • choose an appropriate way to manage exposure to the risk
  • eliminate or minimise risks so far as is reasonably practicable.

Codes of Practice provide detailed practical guidance for people who have work health and safety duties and apply to anyone who has a duty of care in the circumstances described in the code. In most cases, following an approved code of practice would achieve compliance with the health and safety duties in the Act.  Like regulations, codes of practice deal with particular issues and do not cover all hazards or risk. Duty holders must consider all risks associated with work, not only those that are regulated.

These codes give guidance on:

  • how to achieve the standards required under the Act
  • effective ways to identify and manage risks.

 

National Heavy Vehicle Regulator

Council and its contractors are required by law to comply with the National Heavy Vehicle Regulations. The following links on the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator website will assist contractors to understand their responsibilities within the chain of responsibility.

Chain of responsibility
Fatigue management
Codes of practice

Other Websites