A brief overview of the key regulatory bodies and their scope is provided below.

Roles and Responsibilities

Organisation

Responsible for

Not responsible for

Office of the Federal Safety Commissioner

  • Supporting the functions of the Federal Safety Commissioner
  • Administering the Australian Government WHS Accreditation Scheme (the Scheme)
  • Auditing accredited entities to ensure compliance with Scheme requirements
  • ┬áDeveloping policy related to the implementation of the Scheme including requirements for gaining and maintaining accreditation
  • Developing National WHS policies and guidance
  • Enforcement of WHS laws
  • Undertaking investigations in relation to WHS incidents
  • Developing Codes of Practice

Safe Work Australia

  • Development of National WHS policies and guidelines in consultation with States and Territories
  • Development of a model WHS legislative framework for adoption by States and Territories
  • Develop and implement national education and communication strategies and initiatives
  • Develop guidance materials including Codes of Practice
  • Administration or policy development related to the Australian Government WHS Accreditation Scheme (the Scheme)
  • Enforcement of WHS laws
  • Undertaking investigations in relation to WHS incidents

State and Territory WHS Regulators and Comcare

(e.g. SafeWork NSW)

  • Enforcement of WHS laws including auditing organisations to verify compliance
  • Issuing notices and infringements related to non-compliance with WHS laws
  • Investigating WHS incidents on work sites
  • Prosecuting organisations for breaches of WHS legislation
  • Ensuring that accredited entities undertake Australian Government funded construction projects