Work Health and Safety Bill 2011

Education, Employment and Workplace Relations 
Originating house
House of Representatives 
Parliament no
Introduced with the Work Health and Safety (Transitional and Consequential Provisions) Bill 2011, the bill implements the Model Work Health and Safety Bill (the model bill) within the Commonwealth jurisdiction to form part of a system of nationally harmonised occupational health and safety laws which will apply to businesses and undertakings conducted by the Commonwealth, public authorities, and transitionally, non-Commonwealth licensees. State and territory governments, together with the Commonwealth, signed the Intergovernmental Agreement for Regulatory and Operational Reform in Occupational Health and Safety which commits the jurisdictions to implement the model laws by December 2011. 

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House of Representatives
06 Jul 2011Introduced and read a first time
06 Jul 2011Second reading moved
25 Aug 2011Second reading debate
12 Oct 2011Second reading debate
13 Oct 2011Second reading debate
13 Oct 2011Second reading agreed to
13 Oct 2011Consideration in detail debate
13 Oct 2011Third reading agreed to
31 Oct 2011Introduced and read a first time
31 Oct 2011Second reading moved
24 Nov 2011Second reading debate
24 Nov 2011Second reading agreed to
24 Nov 2011Committee of the Whole debate
24 Nov 2011Third reading agreed to

24 Nov 2011Text of bill as passed both Houses
29 Nov 2011Assent

Act no.: 137

Year: 2011

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  • Third reading: Prepared if the bill is amended by the house in which it was introduced. This version of the bill is then considered by the second house.
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Explanatory memoranda

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  • Supplementary explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains amendments proposed by the government to the bill.
  • Revised explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains the amended version (third reading) of the bill. It supersedes the explanatory memorandum.

Proposed amendments

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Schedules of amendments

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