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New WA Work Health and Safety Legislation To Commence 31 March 2022

Today, Industrial Relations Minister Bill Johnston announced that the new Work Health and Safety Regulations 2022 have been published in the Government Gazette. 

This Minister also announced that the Work and Safety Act 2020 and regulations will come into effect on 31 March 2022.

The work and commitment by unionists to getting the transition to the new Work Health and Safety Legislation right has been unprecedented.

The laws can be found on the Western Australian Legislation website at

The laws are:

  • Work Health and Safety (General) Regulations 2022
  • Work Health and Safety (Mines) Regulations 2022
  • Work Health and Safety (Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Operations) Regulations 2022
  • Petroleum (Submerged Lands) (Pipelines) Regulations 2022
  • Mines Safety and Inspection Levy Amendment Regulations 2022; and
  • Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Safety Levies Regulations 2022

There are also consequential amendments to regulations that are administered by different agencies:

  • Attorney General Regulations Amendment (Work Health and Safety) Regulations 2022
  • Commerce Regulations Amendment (Work Health and Safety) Regulations 2022
  • Environment Regulations Amendment (Work Health and Safety) Regulations 2022
  • Industrial Relations Commission Amendment Regulations 2022
  • Mines and Petroleum Regulations Amendment (Work Health and Safety) Regulations 2022
  • Radiation Safety (General) Amendment Regulations 2022
  • Salaries and Allowances Amendment Regulations 2022
  • Transport Regulations Amendment (Work Health and Safety) Regulations 2022; and
  • Western Australian Meat Industry Authority Amendment Regulations 2022.