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Exceptions and exemptions


You do not have to comply with the specific duties in the prevention of falls part of the OHS regulations 2017 if a task is being done on parts of a building or structure, such as stairs, fixed ladders, ramps and balconies, provided:

  • they comply with Australian Standard for the design, construction and installation of fixed platforms, walkways, stairways and ladders (AS 1657)
  • they comply with the Victorian Building Regulations 2006
  • they are being used for their proper purpose.


Certain types of work, such as stunt work, sporting activities and performance are not covered by the regulations.

Requirements for emergency services employees

There are some slight differences in the legal requirements covering emergency service employees and law enforcement officers.

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