Consultation with and engagement of employ
ers throughout the OHS reforms is critical to
ensuring they meet their safety objectives, ac
cording to an Australian expert .
The reforms, which have the potential to de
liver significant economic benefits by harmonis
ing disparate OHS legislation, will facilitate safer
workplaces, reduce the compliance burden and
increase workplace productivity, according to
Greg Evans, acting chief executive of Australian
Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI).
“This represents one of the most significant
OHS reforms in Australia’s history,” said Evans.
Overseeing the development of a national
model OHS act is the Safe Work Australia
Council, which met for the first time last week,
and will have a critical role to play in the reform
of Australia’s system of occupational health and
safety and harmonising legislation across Aus
tralia’s nine OHS jurisdictions.