Amendments

The following amendments have been made to the Work Health and Safety (National Uniform Legislation) Act 2011 and Regulations since commencement on 1 January 2012.

  • Amendments have been made to the Work Health and Safety (National Uniform Legislation) Regulations 2011, more specifically the regulations dealing with Lead and Diving.

    Diving regulation changes

    Amendments have been made to clarify the requirements for training for general diving work and correct drafting errors that have contributed to ambiguity around the required competencies.

    References to Australian Standards for diving have been amended to:

    • remove reference to AS/NZS 4005.2:2000 – Training and certification of recreational divers; and
    • replace references to AS/NZS 2299.1:2007 – Occupational diving operations – Standard operational practice with the 2015 version.

    The diving regulation amendments are in effect from 21 August 2019.

    A full description of these changes can be found in the Information bulletin - Amendments to the diving work regulations.

    Lead regulation changes

    The following amendments have been made to the regulations dealing with Lead:

    • the definition of lead risk work is changed;
    • there is a reduction in blood lead levels that trigger increased frequency of biological monitoring;
    • there is a reduction in the blood lead levels that trigger immediate removal of workers from carrying out lead risk work;
    • there is a reduction in the blood lead levels that allow a worker to be returned to carrying out lead risk work after removal.

    A transition period is in place and the lead regulation amendments do not come into effect until 1 July 2021.

    A full description of these changes can be found in the Information bulletin - Amendments to blood lead removal levels.

  • During September and October 2015, a public consultation period was open for discussion of the possible amendments. As well as seeking written feedback, there were public information and feedback sessions held in Darwin and Alice Springs.

    A summary of the feedback has been developed. A copy of this summary will be sent to the people and organisations that contributed to the discussion.

    The Northern Territory Government considered the feedback and decided to progress amendments to three areas of the Work Health and Safety (National Uniform Legislation) Regulations 2011. The amendments will commence on 4 April 2016 and will:

    • increase the construction project trigger point value to $500,000
    • make the regulator the sole issuer of construction induction cards in the Northern Territory
    • allow licence and permit holders to notify matters to the regulator via phone, email, mail or in person.

Related Forms and Resources

Reports
Final report - 2014 review of the NT workers' compensation scheme
Northern Territory Government response - 2014 review of the NT workers' compensation scheme