Last week marked the halfway point of the public submission and consultation process for the review of the model work health and safety (WHS) laws.
I have held over 30 meetings and met with approximately 130 people across Western Australia, South Australia, Queensland and the Northern Territory over the past four weeks. I am learning a lot about how the WHS laws are working in practice through my conversations with regulators, WHS and legal practitioners, businesses, unions, industry organisations, researchers and community groups. I have also been pleased to read the insightful comments coming through the discussion forums and submissions.
So far I have heard a range of common themes and challenges including:
Reflecting the views and experiences shared with me to date, I have decided to open two new discussion forums to further explore:
Having heard about the issues in these areas, I am now keen to hear your suggestions for improvement, including your rationale.
I encourage you to keep contributing to the online discussion forums or make a written submission in response to the discussion paper. Your feedback is vital to ensure my review report reflects your knowledge and experiences.