WA Government announces delay to WHS Act implementation

21 December 2021 | WA


Minister Stephen Dawson MLC made a Brief Ministerial Statement in Parliament advising that the Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws will come into effect in March 2022.

WHS update 16 December 2021 Changes to work health and safety laws timeline On 15 December 2021, Minister Stephen Dawson MLC made a Brief Ministerial Statement in Parliament advising that the Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws will come into effect in March 2022. Originally scheduled for January 2022, the new laws will bring together work health and safety for general industry, mines and petroleum and geothermal operations under a single WHS Act. Draft WHS regulations Drafting the WHS regulations for all three sectors has been a very complex process.

The Government has allocated significant resources to the drafting process and now expects to have draft copies of the WHS regulations (referred to as ‘exposure drafts’) for the three sectors online and publicly available in late December on the Department’s website. Copies of the WHS Regulations exposure drafts will be available at www.dmirs.wa.gov.au/WHS

Important links

21 December 2021


Introduction to WHS laws
Find out more about WA's new work, health and safety (WHS) laws. Download copies of the WHS regulations exposure drafts here.

Main responsibilities and duties under WHS
Learn about your duties under the WHS Act.

Consultation and worker representation under WHS
Learn about consultation under WHS.

Notifications, registrations and licensing under WHS (Authorisations)
Learn more about key changes to notifications, licences, and registrations under WHS.

Regulating WHS
Learn about the roles of the department and Commissioner.

WHS publications and resources
Access all our WHS resources – including guides, videos and webinar recordings to help you prepare for the new laws.

How to stay informed
Find out how you can stay informed.