New Work Health and Safety Laws

​The Northern Territory, in conjunction with the Commonwealth and other state and territory governments is committed to improving the work health and safety of all Australian workers and enhancing productivity by harmonising work health and safety legislation across Australia.

Model legislation has been developed and all states and territories are committed to enacting the new legislation by the end of 2011.

The model legislation has been called the Model Work Health and Safety (WHS) Act and was endorsed by the Workplace Relations Ministers' Council on Friday 11 December 2009.

The Model Work Health and Safety (WHS) Regulations were endorsed in principle by the Workplace Relations Ministers' Council on Tuesday 10 August 2011 and all Ministers have been advised to implement the Model Work Health and Safety Regulations by 1 January 2012.

Implementation in the Northern Territory

The Work Health and Safety (National Uniform Legislation) Act 2011 was introduced into the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly on Thursday 27 October 2011 and was passed on Thursday 1 December 2011. The new laws will commence on 1 January 2012.

NT WorkSafe will continue to regulate work health and safety in the Northern Territory, as the model legislation will not create a national Work Health and Safety Regulator.

Bulletins have been developed to provide information on some key points under the Work Health and Safety (National Uniform Legislation) Act 2011.

Links to other information on the model legislation can be found on the Resources page.