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WA Seeks Unification

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WA Seeks Unification

WA Seeks Unification

The Western Australian (WA) Government is seeking to consolidate its state resources safety laws and have one government body regulate the laws.

The government wants mining, petroleum and Major Hazard Facilities (MHF) safety laws regulated by one Act and the Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP), or two Acts and the DMP.

Currently, six Acts cover resources safety, and WorkSafe and DMP regulate safety at MHFs, with WorkSafe regulating general work health and safety (WHS), and DMP regulating process safety.

A consultation paper discussing the government’s proposal plus other options for administering the laws has been released for public comment.

Other options in the paper include partially consolidating the laws into separate safety-specific Acts, as well as retaining the status quo of six separate Acts and two regulators.

Changing the content of the laws is not a consideration of this consultation paper.

Public comment closes on Friday, 19 December 2014.

For more details, visit the consultation paper

Published on 20 November 2014 in NSCA Safe-T-Bulletin.

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