The party has promised to review and update the current laws, which were last reviewed in 2001. The aim is to make sure that the laws are up to date and fit for purpose and has said that they mean to make changes to the way WHS laws are enforced in Australia.
They have said that they want to make it easier for people to report unsafe workplaces and that they will be working with unions and businesses to improve safety standards. They have also said that they will be increasing the penalties for employers who breach the law and that they will be working to ensure that all workers are aware of their rights.
Key areas of focus will be on worker safety.
The government wants to make sure that workers are protected from risks at work, and that they have the right to refuse unsafe work. Another key area of focus will be on ensuring that employers comply with the law.
The Labor Government is also keen to address the issue of mental health in the workplace.
Recently, there have been a number of high-profile cases of workers taking their own lives due to stress and other mental health issues. The government plans to introduce a range of measures to support workers suffering from mental health problems and to prevent such tragedies from occurring in the future.
Given the safety of workers is a top priority for the government, and with a new government in office, and Labor have declared safety laws and penalty for non-compliance will increase and be enforced in Australia. To make sure that you are up to date with all the latest safety changes, it’s important to stay informed and connected with the right resources.
Source: ASSA Group