Codes of practice provide practical guidance for people with work health and safety duties about how to achieve the standards required under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (PDF, 1.42 MB), and about effective ways to identify and manage risks.
As part of the process for national harmonisation, Safe Work Australia has led the development of model codes of practice. Once approved at the national level, the model codes of practice must be approved in each jurisdiction before they are passed into law.
On 1 January 2012, a number of codes of practice commenced in Queensland to provide information and guidance in support of the new legislation. The Workplace Health and Safety Queensland website lists all of the current codes of practice in Queensland.
The following 12 model codes of practice have been endorsed by Safe Work Australia members and are ready for endorsement by the Ministerial Council:
The Queensland Government will be consulting key stakeholder groups on these codes of practice prior to any decision on implementation in Queensland.
The following codes of practice are currently being revised based on public feedback and may be finalised in the second half of the year:
The following model codes of practice and guides are open for public comment until 24 August 2012:
To submit a comment on these draft model work health and safety codes of practice, visit the Safe Work Australia website (non-Queensland Government link).