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Work Health and Safety Bill 2011

2010-2011

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

 

As passed by both Houses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Work Health and Safety Bill 2011

 

No.      , 2011

 

 

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act relating to work health and safety, and for related purposes

   

   

   



Contents

Part 1—Preliminary                                                                                                              1

Division 1—Introduction                                                                                             1

1............ Short title............................................................................................. 1

2............ Commencement................................................................................... 1

Division 2—Object                                                                                                          2

3............ Object.................................................................................................. 2

Division 3—Interpretation                                                                                          3

Subdivision 1—Definitions                                                                                       3

4............ Definitions.......................................................................................... 3

Subdivision 2—Other important terms                                                                 9

5............ Meaning of person conducting a business or undertaking ................. 9

6............ Meaning of supply ............................................................................ 10

7............ Meaning of worker ........................................................................... 10

8............ Meaning of workplace ...................................................................... 14

9............ Examples and notes........................................................................... 14

Division 4—Application of Act                                                                               15

10.......... Act binds the Commonwealth........................................................... 15

11.......... Extraterritorial application................................................................. 15

12.......... Scope................................................................................................ 15

12A....... Act does not apply to certain vessels, structures and facilities........... 17

12B....... Duty to consult etc. where law of more than one jurisdiction applies to the same matter          18

12C....... Act not to prejudice national security................................................ 18

12D....... Act not to prejudice Australia’s defence............................................ 18

12E........ Act not to prejudice certain police operations.................................... 19

12F........ Interaction with Commonwealth criminal law................................... 20

Part 2—Health and safety duties                                                                                 21

Division 1—Introductory                                                                                          21

Subdivision 1—Principles that apply to duties                                                  21

13.......... Principles that apply to duties............................................................ 21

14.......... Duties not transferrable..................................................................... 21

15.......... Person may have more than 1 duty................................................... 21

16.......... More than 1 person can have a duty.................................................. 21

17.......... Management of risks......................................................................... 22

Subdivision 2—What is reasonably practicable                                               22

18.......... What is reasonably practicable in ensuring health and safety........... 22

Division 2—Primary duty of care                                                                        23

19.......... Primary duty of care.......................................................................... 23

Division 3—Further duties of persons conducting businesses or undertakings 25

20.......... Duty of persons conducting businesses or undertakings involving management or control of workplaces             25

21.......... Duty of persons conducting businesses or undertakings involving management or control of fixtures, fittings or plant at workplaces........................................................................................ 25

22.......... Duties of persons conducting businesses or undertakings that design plant, substances or structures     26

23.......... Duties of persons conducting businesses or undertakings that manufacture plant, substances or structures            27

24.......... Duties of persons conducting businesses or undertakings that import plant, substances or structures     29

25.......... Duties of persons conducting businesses or undertakings that supply plant, substances or structures     31

26.......... Duty of persons conducting businesses or undertakings that install, construct or commission plant or structures   32

Division 4—Duty of officers, workers and other persons                       34

27.......... Duty of officers................................................................................. 34

28.......... Duties of workers............................................................................. 35

29.......... Duties of other persons at the workplace.......................................... 36

Division 5—Offences and penalties                                                                      37

30.......... Health and safety duty....................................................................... 37

31.......... Reckless conduct—Category 1......................................................... 37

32.......... Failure to comply with health and safety duty—Category 2.............. 37

33.......... Failure to comply with health and safety duty—Category 3.............. 38

34.......... Exceptions......................................................................................... 38

Part 3—Incident notification                                                                                          40

35.......... What is a notifiable incident .............................................................. 40

36.......... What is a serious injury or illness ..................................................... 40

37.......... What is a dangerous incident ............................................................ 40

38.......... Duty to notify of notifiable incidents................................................. 41

39.......... Duty to preserve incident sites.......................................................... 42

Part 4—Authorisations                                                                                                      44

40.......... Meaning of authorised ...................................................................... 44

41.......... Requirements for authorisation of workplaces.................................. 44

42.......... Requirements for authorisation of plant or substance........................ 44

43.......... Requirements for authorisation of work............................................ 45

44.......... Requirements for prescribed qualifications or experience................. 45

45.......... Requirement to comply with conditions of authorisation.................. 46

Part 5—Consultation, representation and participation                               47

Division 1—Consultation, co-operation and co-ordination between duty holders            47

46.......... Duty to consult with other duty holders............................................ 47

Division 2—Consultation with workers                                                             48

47.......... Duty to consult workers.................................................................... 48

48.......... Nature of consultation....................................................................... 48

49.......... When consultation is required........................................................... 49

Division 3—Health and safety representatives                                              50

Subdivision 1—Request for election of health and safety representatives 50

50.......... Request for election of health and safety representative.................... 50

Subdivision 2—Determination of work groups                                                 50

51.......... Determination of work groups.......................................................... 50

52.......... Negotiations for agreement for work group...................................... 50

53.......... Notice to workers.............................................................................. 51

54.......... Failure of negotiations....................................................................... 52

Subdivision 3—Multiple-business work groups                                                 53

55.......... Determination of work groups of multiple businesses...................... 53

56.......... Negotiation of agreement for work groups of multiple businesses... 53

57.......... Notice to workers.............................................................................. 54

58.......... Withdrawal from negotiations or agreement involving multiple businesses             55

59.......... Effect of Subdivision on other arrangements.................................... 55

Subdivision 4—Election of health and safety representatives                       55

60.......... Eligibility to be elected...................................................................... 55

61.......... Procedure for election of health and safety representatives............... 56

62.......... Eligibility to vote............................................................................... 56

63.......... When election not required................................................................ 56

64.......... Term of office of health and safety representative............................. 57

65.......... Disqualification of health and safety representatives......................... 57

66.......... Immunity of health and safety representatives................................... 58

67.......... Deputy health and safety representatives........................................... 58

Subdivision 5—Powers and functions of health and safety representatives 59

68.......... Powers and functions of health and safety representatives................ 59

69.......... Powers and functions generally limited to the particular work group 60

Subdivision 6—Obligations of person conducting business or undertaking to health and safety representatives                                                                                                          61

70.......... General obligations of person conducting business or undertaking.. 61

71.......... Exceptions from obligations under section 70(1).............................. 63

72.......... Obligation to train health and safety representatives.......................... 64

73.......... Obligation to share costs if multiple businesses or undertakings...... 65

74.......... List of health and safety representatives............................................ 65

Division 4—Health and safety committees                                                      67

75.......... Health and safety committees............................................................ 67

76.......... Constitution of committee................................................................. 67

77.......... Functions of committee..................................................................... 68

78.......... Meetings of committee...................................................................... 68

79.......... Duties of person conducting business or undertaking....................... 68

Division 5—Issue resolution                                                                                     70

80.......... Parties to an issue.............................................................................. 70

81.......... Resolution of health and safety issues............................................... 70

82.......... Referral of issue to regulator for resolution by inspector.................. 71

Division 6—Right to cease or direct cessation of unsafe work             72

83.......... Definition of cease work under this Division .................................... 72

84.......... Right of worker to cease unsafe work............................................... 72

85.......... Health and safety representative may direct that unsafe work cease.. 72

86.......... Worker to notify if ceases work........................................................ 73

87.......... Alternative work............................................................................... 73

88.......... Continuity of engagement of worker................................................. 74

89.......... Request to regulator to appoint inspector to assist............................. 74

Division 7—Provisional improvement notices                                               75

90.......... Provisional improvement notices...................................................... 75

91.......... Provisional improvement notice to be in writing............................... 75

92.......... Contents of provisional improvement notice..................................... 76

93.......... Provisional improvement notice may give directions to remedy contravention         76

94.......... Minor changes to provisional improvement notice............................ 76

95.......... Issue of provisional improvement notice........................................... 77

96.......... Health and safety representative may cancel notice........................... 77

97.......... Display of provisional improvement notice....................................... 77

98.......... Formal irregularities or defects in notice........................................... 77

99.......... Offence to contravene a provisional improvement notice.................. 78

100........ Request for review of provisional improvement notice..................... 78

101........ Regulator to appoint inspector to review notice................................. 78

102........ Decision of inspector on review of provisional improvement notice. 79

Division 8—Part not to apply to prisoners                                                      80

103........ Part does not apply to prisoners........................................................ 80

Part 6—Discriminatory, coercive and misleading conduct                          81

Division 1—Prohibition of discriminatory, coercive or misleading conduct       81

104........ Prohibition of discriminatory conduct............................................... 81

105........ What is discriminatory conduct ........................................................ 81

106........ What is a prohibited reason .............................................................. 82

107........ Prohibition of requesting, instructing, inducing, encouraging, authorising or assisting discriminatory conduct       83

108........ Prohibition of coercion or inducement.............................................. 84

109........ Misrepresentation.............................................................................. 85

Division 2—Criminal proceedings in relation to discriminatory conduct             86

110........ Proof of discriminatory conduct........................................................ 86

111........ Order for compensation or reinstatement.......................................... 86

Division 3—Civil proceedings in relation to discriminatory or coercive conduct            87

112........ Civil proceedings in relation to engaging in or inducing discriminatory or coercive conduct   87

113........ Procedure for civil actions for discriminatory conduct...................... 88

Division 4—General                                                                                                     89

114........ General provisions relating to orders................................................ 89

115........ Prohibition of multiple actions.......................................................... 89

Part 7—Workplace entry by WHS entry permit holders                             90

Division 1—Introductory                                                                                          90

116........ Definitions........................................................................................ 90

Division 2—Entry to inquire into suspected contraventions                  91

117........ Entry to inquire into suspected contraventions.................................. 91

118........ Rights that may be exercised while at workplace.............................. 91

119........ Notice of entry.................................................................................. 92

120........ Entry to inspect employee records or information held by another person               93

Division 3—Entry to consult and advise workers                                        94

121........ Entry to consult and advise workers................................................. 94

122........ Notice of entry.................................................................................. 94

Division 4—Requirements for WHS entry permit holders                     95

123........ Contravening WHS entry permit conditions..................................... 95

124........ WHS entry permit holder must also hold permit under other law..... 95

125........ WHS entry permit to be available for inspection............................... 95

126........ When right may be exercised............................................................ 95

127........ Where the right may be exercised...................................................... 96

128........ Work health and safety requirements................................................ 96

129........ Residential premises.......................................................................... 96

130........ WHS entry permit holder not required to disclose names of workers 96

Division 5—WHS entry permits                                                                            98

131........ Application for WHS entry permit.................................................... 98

132........ Consideration of application.............................................................. 98

133........ Eligibility criteria............................................................................... 98

134........ Issue of WHS entry permit............................................................... 98

135........ Conditions on WHS entry permit...................................................... 99

136........ Term of WHS entry permit............................................................... 99

137........ Expiry of WHS entry permit............................................................. 99

138........ Application to revoke WHS entry permit.......................................... 99

139........ Authorising authority must permit WHS entry permit holder to show cause           100

140........ Determination of application........................................................... 101

Division 6—Dealing with disputes                                                                       102

141........ Application for assistance of inspector to resolve dispute............... 102

142........ Authorising authority may deal with a dispute about a right of entry under this Act                102

143........ Contravening order made to deal with dispute................................ 103

Division 7—Prohibitions                                                                                          104

144........ Person must not refuse or delay entry of WHS entry permit holder 104

145........ Person must not hinder or obstruct WHS entry permit holder........ 104

146........ WHS entry permit holder must not delay, hinder or obstruct any person or disrupt work at workplace  104

147........ Misrepresentations about things authorised by this Part................. 105

148........ Unauthorised use or disclosure of information or documents......... 105

Division 8—General                                                                                                   107

149........ Return of WHS entry permits......................................................... 107

150........ Union to provide information to authorising authority.................... 107

151........ Register of WHS entry permit holders............................................ 108

Part 8—The regulator                                                                                                      109

Division 1—Functions of regulator                                                                    109

152........ Functions of regulator..................................................................... 109

153........ Powers of regulator......................................................................... 109

154........ Delegation by regulator................................................................... 110

Division 2—Powers of regulator to obtain information                         111

155........ Powers of regulator to obtain information....................................... 111

Part 9—Securing compliance                                                                                       113

Division 1—Appointment of inspectors                                                           113

156........ Appointment of inspectors.............................................................. 113

157........ Identity cards................................................................................... 113

158........ Accountability of inspectors............................................................ 113

159........ Suspension and ending of appointment of inspectors..................... 114

Division 2—Functions and powers of inspectors                                        115

160........ Functions and powers of inspectors................................................ 115

161........ Conditions on inspectors’ compliance powers................................ 115

162........ Inspectors subject to regulator’s directions..................................... 115

Division 3—Powers relating to entry                                                                116

Subdivision 1—General powers of entry                                                          116

163........ Powers of entry............................................................................... 116

164........ Notification of entry........................................................................ 116

165........ General powers on entry................................................................. 117

165A..... Powers relating to electronic equipment.......................................... 118

165B..... Expert assistance to operate electronic equipment........................... 119

166........ Persons assisting inspectors............................................................ 120

Subdivision 2—Search warrants                                                                         120

167........ Search warrants............................................................................... 120

168........ Announcement before entry on warrant.......................................... 121

169........ Copy of warrant to be given to person with management or control of place           122

Subdivision 3—Limitation on entry powers                                                     122

170........ Places used for residential purposes................................................ 122

Subdivision 4—Specific powers on entry                                                          122

171........ Power to require production of documents and answers to questions 122

172........ Abrogation of privilege against self-incrimination.......................... 123

173........ Warning to be given........................................................................ 124

174........ Powers to copy and retain documents............................................. 124

175........ Power to seize evidence etc............................................................. 125

176........ Inspector’s power to seize dangerous workplaces and things......... 125

177........ Powers supporting seizure.............................................................. 126

178........ Receipt for seized things................................................................. 127

179........ Forfeiture of seized things............................................................... 127

180........ Return of seized things.................................................................... 129

181........ Access to seized things................................................................... 129

Division 4—Damage and compensation                                                          130

182........ Damage etc. to be minimised........................................................... 130

183........ Inspector to give notice of damage.................................................. 130

184........ Compensation................................................................................. 130

Division 5—Other matters                                                                                     132

185........ Power to require name and address................................................. 132

186........ Inspector may take affidavits........................................................... 132

187........ Attendance of inspector at coronial inquests................................... 133

Division 6—Offences in relation to inspectors                                             134

188........ Offence to hinder or obstruct inspector........................................... 134

189........ Offence to impersonate inspector.................................................... 134

190........ Offence to assault, threaten or intimidate inspector......................... 134

Part 10—Enforcement measures                                                                               135

Division 1—Improvement notices                                                                      135

191........ Issue of improvement notices.......................................................... 135

192........ Contents of improvement notices.................................................... 135

193........ Compliance with improvement notice............................................. 136

194........ Extension of time for compliance with improvement notices.......... 136

Division 2—Prohibition notices                                                                            137

195........ Power to issue prohibition notice.................................................... 137

196........ Contents of prohibition notice......................................................... 137

197........ Compliance with prohibition notice................................................. 138

Division 3—Non-disturbance notices                                                                139

198........ Issue of non-disturbance notice....................................................... 139

199........ Contents of non-disturbance notice................................................. 139

200........ Compliance with non-disturbance notice......................................... 140

201........ Issue of subsequent notices............................................................. 140

Division 4—General requirements applying to notices                           141

202........ Application of Division................................................................... 141

203........ Notice to be in writing..................................................................... 141

204........ Directions in notices........................................................................ 141

205........ Recommendations in notice............................................................. 141

206........ Changes to notice by inspector........................................................ 141

207........ Regulator may vary or cancel notice................................................ 142

208........ Formal irregularities or defects in notice......................................... 142

209........ Issue and giving of notice............................................................... 142

210........ Display of notice............................................................................. 143

Division 5—Remedial action                                                                                 144

211........ When regulator may carry out action............................................... 144

212........ Power of the regulator to take other remedial action........................ 144

213........ Costs of remedial or other action..................................................... 144

Division 6—Injunctions                                                                                            145

214........ Application of Division................................................................... 145

215........ Injunctions for noncompliance with notices.................................... 145

Part 11—Enforceable undertakings                                                                        146

216........ Regulator may accept WHS undertakings....................................... 146

217........ Notice of decision and reasons for decision.................................... 146

218........ When a WHS undertaking is enforceable........................................ 146

219........ Compliance with WHS undertaking................................................ 146

220........ Contravention of WHS undertaking................................................ 147

221........ Withdrawal or variation of WHS undertaking................................. 147

222........ Proceeding for alleged contravention.............................................. 148

Part 12—Review of decisions                                                                                       149

Division 1—Reviewable decisions                                                                       149

223........ Which decisions are reviewable...................................................... 149

Division 2—Internal review                                                                                   154

224........ Application for internal review........................................................ 154

225........ Internal reviewer............................................................................. 154

226........ Decision of internal reviewer.......................................................... 154

227........ Decision on internal review............................................................. 155

228........ Stays of reviewable decisions on internal review............................ 155

Division 3—External review                                                                                  157

229........ Application for external review....................................................... 157

Part 13—Legal proceedings                                                                                          158

Division 1—General matters                                                                                 158

230........ Prosecutions.................................................................................... 158

231........ Procedure if prosecution is not brought.......................................... 158

232........ Limitation period for prosecutions.................................................. 160

233........ Multiple contraventions of health and safety duty provision........... 161

Division 2—Sentencing for offences                                                                  162

234........ Application of this Division............................................................ 162

235........ Orders generally.............................................................................. 162

236........ Adverse publicity orders................................................................. 162

237........ Orders for restoration...................................................................... 163

238........ Work health and safety project orders............................................. 163

239........ Release on the giving of a court-ordered WHS undertaking........... 164

240........ Injunctions...................................................................................... 164

241........ Training orders................................................................................ 165

242........ Offence to fail to comply with order............................................... 165

Division 3—Infringement notices                                                                        166

243........ Infringement notices........................................................................ 166

243A..... Matters to be included in an infringement notice............................. 166

243B..... Extension of time to pay amount..................................................... 168

243C..... Withdrawal of an infringement notice............................................. 168

243D..... Effect of payment of amount........................................................... 170

243E...... Effect of this Division..................................................................... 170

Division 4—Offences by bodies corporate                                                     172

244........ Imputing conduct to bodies corporate............................................. 172

Division 5—The Commonwealth                                                                        173

245........ Offences and the Commonwealth................................................... 173

246........ WHS civil penalty provisions and the Commonwealth................... 173

247........ Officers........................................................................................... 174

248........ Responsible agency for the Commonwealth................................... 174

Division 6—Public authorities                                                                               176

249........ Application to public authorities that are bodies corporate.............. 176

250........ Proceedings against public authorities............................................. 176

251........ Imputing conduct to public authorities............................................ 176

252........ Officer of public authority............................................................... 176

253........ Proceedings against successors to public authorities....................... 177

Division 7—WHS civil penalty provisions                                                      178

254........ When is a provision a WHS civil penalty provision........................ 178

255........ Proceedings for contravention of WHS civil penalty provision...... 178

256........ Involvement in contravention treated in same way as actual contravention               178

257........ Contravening a civil penalty provision is not an offence................. 179

258........ Civil proceeding rules and procedure to apply................................ 179

259........ Proceeding for a contravention of a WHS civil penalty provision... 179

260........ Proceeding may be brought by the regulator or an inspector........... 179

261........ Limitation period for WHS civil penalty proceedings..................... 180

262........ Recovery of a monetary penalty...................................................... 180

263........ Civil double jeopardy...................................................................... 180

264........ Criminal proceedings during civil proceedings............................... 180

265........ Criminal proceedings after civil proceedings................................... 180

266........ Evidence given in proceedings for contravention of WHS civil penalty provision not admissible in criminal proceedings........................................................................................................ 181

Division 8—Civil liability not affected by this Act                                     182

267........ Civil liability not affected by this Act.............................................. 182

Part 14—General                                                                                                                 183

Division 1—General provisions                                                                           183

268........ Offence to give false or misleading information.............................. 183

269........ Act does not affect legal professional privilege............................... 183

270........ Immunity from liability................................................................... 183

271........ Confidentiality of information......................................................... 183

272........ No contracting out........................................................................... 185

273........ Person not to levy workers............................................................. 185

273A..... Conferral of jurisdiction.................................................................. 185

273B..... Application of the Legislative Instruments Act 2003 ....................... 187

Division 2—Codes of practice                                                                               188

274........ Approved codes of practice............................................................. 188

275........ Use of codes of practice in proceedings.......................................... 189

Division 3—Regulation-making powers                                                          189

276........ Regulation-making powers............................................................. 189

Schedule 1—Application of Act to dangerous goods and high risk plant              191

Schedule 2—The regulator and local tripartite consultation arrangements and other local arrangements                                                                    192

Part 1—Preliminary                                                                                                          192

1............ Definitions...................................................................................... 192

Part 2—The Commission                                                                                               193

2............ Functions........................................................................................ 193

Part 3—Comcare                                                                                                                 194

3............ Annual reports................................................................................ 194

Part 4—Other persons                                                                                                     195

4............ Annual reports................................................................................ 195

Schedule 3—Regulation-making powers                                           196

1............ Duties.............................................................................................. 196

2............ Incidents.......................................................................................... 196

3............ Plant, substances or structures........................................................ 196

4............ Protection and welfare of workers.................................................. 197

5............ Hazards and risks............................................................................ 197

6............ Records and notices........................................................................ 197

7............ Authorisations................................................................................. 197

8............ Work groups................................................................................... 198

9............ Health and safety committees and health and safety representatives 198

10.......... Issue resolution............................................................................... 198

11.......... WHS entry permits......................................................................... 199

12.......... Identity cards................................................................................... 199

13.......... Forfeiture........................................................................................ 199

14.......... Review of decisions........................................................................ 199

 



A Bill for an Act relating to work health and safety, and for related purposes

The Parliament of Australia enacts:



Schedule 1 Application of Act to dangerous goods and high risk plant

 

   

Note:       In some jurisdictions, Schedule 1 of the corresponding WHS law applies that law to work health and safety issues arising from the storage and handling of dangerous goods and the operation or use of high risk plant. This is not the case under this Act.



Schedule 2 The regulator and local tripartite consultation arrangements and other local arrangements

Schedule 3 Regulation-making powers

   

   

1   Duties

            1.1  Matters relating to the way in which duties imposed by this Act are to be performed.

            1.2  Matters relating to the regulation or prohibition of specified activities or a specified class of activities:

                     (a)  at workplaces or a specified class of workplaces; or

                     (b)  by a specified class of persons on whom duties or obligations are imposed by this Act;

to eliminate or minimise risks to health and safety.

            1.3  Imposing duties on persons in relation to any matter provided for under the regulations.

2   Incidents

                   Matters relating to incidents at workplaces including:

                     (a)  regulating or requiring the taking of any action to avoid an incident at a workplace or in the course of conducting a business or undertaking; and

                     (b)  regulating, requiring or prohibiting the taking of any action in the event of an incident at a workplace or in the conduct of a business or undertaking.

3   Plant, substances or structures

                   Matters relating to plant, substances or structures, including:

                     (a)  regulating the storage and handling of plant, substances and structures; and

                     (b)  regulating or requiring:

                              (i)  the examination, testing, labelling, maintenance or repair of plant and structures; or

                             (ii)  the examination, testing, analysis or labelling of any substance.

4   Protection and welfare of workers

                   Matters relating to the protection and welfare of workers including:

                     (a)  regulating or requiring the provision and use of protective clothing or equipment, or rescue equipment, in specified circumstances; and

                     (b)  regulating or requiring the provision of specified facilities for the welfare of workers at the workplace; and

                     (c)  matters relating to health and safety in relation to accommodation provided to workers.

5   Hazards and risks

                   Matters relating to hazards and risks including:

                     (a)  the prescribing of standards relating to the use of or exposure to any physical, biological, chemical or psychological hazard; and

                     (b)  matters relating to safety cases, safety management plans and safety management systems (however described); and

                     (c)  matters relating to measures to control risks.

6   Records and notices

            6.1  The keeping and availability of records of health and safety representatives and deputy health and safety representatives.

            6.2  The keeping of records in relation to incidents.

            6.3  The keeping of records of specified activities, matters or things to be kept by specified persons.

            6.4  The giving of notice of or information about specified activities, matters or things to the regulator, an inspector or other specified person.

7   Authorisations

            7.1  Matters relating to authorisations (including licences, registrations and permits) and qualifications, and experience for the purposes of Part 4 or the regulations including providing for:

                     (a)  applications for the grant, issue, renewal, variation, suspension and cancellation of authorisations, including the minimum age to be eligible for an authorisation; and

                     (b)  the evidence and information to be provided in relation to applications including the provision of statutory declarations; and

                     (c)  exemptions; and

                     (d)  variations of authorisations by the regulator whether on application or otherwise; and

                     (e)  authorisation of persons as trainers and assessors; and

                      (f)  examination of applicants for authorisations; and

                     (g)  conditions of authorisations; and

                     (h)  fees for applications for the grant, issue, renewal and variation of authorisations.

            7.2  The recognition of authorisations under corresponding WHS laws and exceptions to recognition.

            7.3  The sharing of information with corresponding regulators relating to the grant, issue, renewal, variation, suspension or cancellation of authorisations.

8   Work groups

                   Matters relating to work groups and variation of work groups and agreements or variations of agreements relating to the determination of work groups.

9   Health and safety committees and health and safety representatives

                   Matters relating to health and safety committees and health and safety representatives.

10   Issue resolution

                   Matters relating to issue resolution including:

                     (a)  the minimum requirements for an agreed procedure for resolving an issue; and

                     (b)  the requirements for a default issue resolution procedure where there is no agreed procedure.

11   WHS entry permits

                   Matters relating to WHS entry permits, including providing for:

                     (a)  eligibility for WHS entry permits; and

                     (b)  procedures for applications for WHS entry permits and objections to applications for WHS entry permits; and

                     (c)  conditions of WHS entry permits; and

                     (d)  the form of WHS entry permits; and

                     (e)  requirements for training; and

                      (f)  records of WHS entry permits.

12   Identity cards

                   Matters relating to identity cards.

13   Forfeiture

                   Matters relating to:

                     (a)  costs of forfeiture and disposal of forfeited things; and

                     (b)  disposal of seized things and forfeited things.

14   Review of decisions

                   Matters relating to the review of decisions under the regulations including:

                     (a)  prescribing decisions as reviewable decisions for the purposes of Part 12 or for the purposes of the regulations; and

                     (b)  prescribing procedures for internal and external review of decisions under the regulations; and

                     (c)  conferring jurisdiction on Fair Work Australia to conduct reviews under the regulations.



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