The public submission process is in its final stages and closes next Friday, 13 April 2018. Businesses, workers, unions, regulators, practitioners and anyone with an interest in the model WHS laws have one week left to share views and experiences.
Since my last update I have visited Victoria, Tasmania and New South Wales. Next week, I will meet with people in Canberra. A number of consistent themes are emerging about how the model WHS laws are working on the ground and some innovative ideas about what could change to ensure the laws are as effective as possible. Some of these relate to the consultation obligations for multiple duty holders, how we manage risks to psychological health, clarity around incident notification and how to effectively consult with workers.
I want to make sure that I gather as much evidence as possible to assess these issues and ideas. To do this, I need your help to identify relevant material like case studies, research and data. This will help me understand how things are or aren’t working in practice and strengthen the case for change where it might be needed.
If you haven’t already, I encourage you to add your thoughts and experiences to the online discussion forums or make a submission on behalf of yourself or your organisation.