National harmonisation of work health and safety laws
The Victorian Government has indicated that it will not be adopting the Model WHS Regulations where doing so will result in a reduction in safety standards. In the course of the review of the OHS Regulations 2007, consideration has been given to aligning with parts of the Model WHS Regulations where doing so would improve safety outcomes.
Victorian workplaces should refer to WorkSafe's codes and guidance materials for information about how to comply with Victoria's occupational health and safety laws.
Victorian codes and guidance materials are specifically designed to inform duty holders as to how they can comply with Victorian occupational health and safety laws. Model Work Health and Safety codes and guidance materials are designed to support the national model laws and are not designed to support Victorian occupational health and safety laws. In some situations, they may provide useful guidance.
For more information about the national model work health and safety laws, visit the Safe Work Australia website.