All workplace health and safety obligations upon employers and those engaging volunteers are governed under the relevant Act for each State and Territory, typically known as the Workplace Health & Safety Act.
Following a federal intervention, model legislation was drafted as a basis for state/territory review in order to harmonise the legislation across the jurisdictions to make it easier for national employers to meet their obligations across Australia. Whilst a number of States and Territories have adopted parts/all of these changes, many are still in the process of review.
Codes of Practice
In order for companies and individuals to better understand their legal obligations and assist manage the risk of falls in workplaces, each state and territory publishes a Code of Practice. Below is listed the most current series of publications available from the regulators that are specific to safe work at height.
It is recommended that employers consult with the relevant regulator website to ensure these publications are current and to also register for updates where this service might be available.
|Jurisdiction||Effective date of Publication||Status of adoption of Principles of Model Code||Link to current Code document|
|Safe Work Australia (federal)||8 Feb 2015||Issued Model Code of Practice||View|
|Northern Territory||30 Dec 2011||Has NOT adopted model code at this time||View|
|Australian Capital Territory||unknown||Has adopted model code||View|
|Queensland||1st Jan 2012||Has NOT adopted model code at this time||View|
|New South Wales||1st Apr 2016||Has adopted model code||View|
|Victoria||31 Mar 2004||Has NOT adopted model code at this time||View|
|South Australia||25 Jun 2015||Has adopted model code||View|
|Western Australia||2004||Has NOT adopted model code at this time||View|
|Tasmania||1 Oct 2016||Has adopted model code||View|