The McGowan Government’s Work Health and Safety (WHS) Bill will be debated in the Legislative Assembly today.
To strengthen Western Australia’s workplace safety laws, the WHS Bill will better protect workers, modernise safety laws and hold those responsible for any workplace deaths.
The new legislation includes industrial manslaughter provisions carrying a maximum penalty of 20 years’ imprisonment for an individual and a fine of $10 million for a body corporate.
The new laws will make it illegal for insurance companies to indemnify entities against monetary penalties imposed under workplace health and safety laws.
Additionally, the Bill will ensure there’s an increased focus on mental health and wellbeing.
As stated by Industrial Relations Minister Bill Johnston:
“The health and safety of workers is a priority for the McGowan Government, and I urge the Opposition Leader to do the right thing and support this very important Bill.
“Our community has high expectations that every worker has the right to come home safely after a day at work, it’s unacceptable to think otherwise.
“Introducing industrial manslaughter laws will have a strong deterrence in this legislation and completely accords with community expectations.
“The improved legislation, based on the national model Work Health and Safety Act, will help reduce costs for industry.”