Who regulates the WHS laws?

Who regulates the WHS laws?

The primary REGULATOR for the administration of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 and the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 is Workplace Health and Safety Queensland, Office of Industrial Relations.

They are also the regulators for the Electrical Safety Act 2002 and the Safety in Recreational Water Activities Act 2011. Workplace Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ) and the Electrical Safety Office (ESO) inspectors visit workplaces to respond to health and safety incidents, electrical safety incidents and to monitor and enforce compliance.

An inspector can enter a workplace with or without the consent and without prior notice to any person.


The highest penalty under either the WHS Act, SRWA Act or the ES Act is for industrial manslaughter where a PCBU, or senior officer, commits industrial manslaughter, a maximum penalty of 20 years imprisonment for an individual, or $10M for a body corporate, applies.

Infringement notices (on the spot fines) may be issued by an inspector and may be issued to an organisation, individual or both.

Fines for infringement notice offences range from $144 – $720 for individuals, and $720 – $3600 for a business.

Source: www.worksafe.qld.gov.au/

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