Public comment - Proposed amendments to Work Health and Safety

​​Northern Territory businesses and workers are encouraged to have their say on proposed amendments to the Work Health and Safety legislation with the public comment period starting today.

Proposed amendments have been drafted based on feedback given during the national review of the Work Health and Safety legislation in 2014.

Executive Director, NT WorkSafe, Stephen Gelding said that as part of the national review, a NT specific paper was also released seeking feedback on a number of issues identified in the Northern Territory since the commencement of the harmonised legislation in 2012.

“With the implementation of any new legislation, it is good practice to have a review after a few years to make sure there are no unintended consequences,” said Mr Gelding.

“Workplace safety should be the priority for every business and worker but we need to make sure that the cost of complying with the laws hasn’t increased without any tangible health and safety benefits.

“Our aim is to improve the NT’s Work Health and Safety legislation so that Territory businesses and workers can get on with their work, while still complying with a legislative framework that ensures the safety of all Territorians."

The public comment period is open until Monday 26 October 2015. Information on the key amendments, including a discussion paper and draft legislation is available on Workplace safety laws.

Peter Chan
0401 114 569