Big bang scrutiny
Thousands of pages of explosives regulations are now under review in Australia.
Safe Work Australia has released the ‘Explosives Regulation in Australia: Discussion Paper and Consultation Regulation Impact Statement’. The aim is to find out what industry and other stakeholders think about the current state of explosives regulation in Australia and if changes are needed.
The discussion paper notes that each state and territory currently has its own extensive explosives regulatory system, and in 2009 more than 4000 pages of regulations governed explosives across Australia.
Pre-empting feedback from industry stakeholders wanting to see the introduction of nationally consistent regulations, Safe Work Australia also wants to know how stakeholders would like this to be achieved. The discussion paper includes suggestions, such as referring state powers to the Commonwealth, implementing national applied laws where legislation enacted in one jurisdiction is applied in others, or using a national model law.
Submissions are open until 10 September.
For more details, visit the discussion paper
Published on 13 August 2015 in the NSCA Foundation Safe-T-Bulletin enewsletter