Release type: Media Release


One Step Closer to Historic OHS Reforms


Senator the Hon Chris Evans
Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations

Minister for Workplace Relations, Senator Chris Evans, has welcomed the introduction of the NSW government OHS legislation based on the model OHS Act.

The NSW Government today announced that it will be the first state Government in Australia to pass the nationally harmonised laws.

The harmonisation of OHS reforms will increase profitability and productivity for businesses and better protect the lives and health of Australians.

“The Federal Labor Government came to office with a commitment to work in partnership with the states and territories to harmonise OHS laws within five years,” Senator Evans said.

“New South Wales joins South Australia as the first states to put the legislation before their Parliaments.

“The NSW Government’s action demonstrates that we remain firmly on track to achieve this historic outcome.

Senator Evans said the new harmonised occupational health and safety laws will come into effect next year.

“One framework will replace 10 separate pieces of legislation and more than 400 OHS regulations and codes of practice currently in operation across Australia,” Senator Evans said.

“This will mean safe and healthy workplaces while employers will benefit from a major reduction in the complexity and red tape caused by the current multiplicity of different OHS systems.”

An Access Economic report has estimated that harmonising OHS laws will save businesses $179 million per annum and will improve safety standards for workers.