The Australian State Parliaments
responded to the issue of workplace health and safety with the enactment of the
Work Health and Safety Act of 2011. This act provides a general framework to
address the protection of the health, safety and wellbeing of all workers
across Australia. The act also extends to the general public, so that no
citizen’s wellbeing could be put at risk because of work activities.
Under the Work Health and Safety Act
businesses are required to stay on top of incident notification, worker
consultations, issue resolution and inspector powers and functions.