New OHS Regulations 2017
The new Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2017 (OHS Regulations) and Equipment (Public Safety) Regulations 2017 (EPS Regulations) will commence on 18 June 2017. You can access both the current and future Regulations via the Victorian Legislation and Parliamentary Documents website. The new OHS Regulations 2017 and EPS Regulations 2017 are available on the Victorian Statute Book tab.
With the new OHS Regulations 2017 due to commence in June, the compliance codes that align with the regulations are now under review. In consultation with stakeholders, WorkSafe has updated the codes, and eight proposed codes are available for public comment from Monday 1 May to Friday 9 June. Find out more about public comment on the compliance codes.
Information about the new OHS and EPS Regulations 2017 will be presented at the the 2017 WorkSafe Victoria Breakfast Series, being held in regional centres throughout Victoria. Find out more about event details and registration.
OHS Regulations changes
The new OHS Regulations 2017 are mainly the same. However, if you are in a workplace where asbestos is present; are a manufacturer or an importing supplier of hazardous substances or agricultural and veterinary chemicals; work in construction; or operate a mine or major hazard facility, you need to become aware of the changes. In most cases, compliance is required by 18 June 2017.
Most importantly, the new OHS Regulations 2017 maintain Victoria's already high safety standards. In some high risk areas, like asbestos removal work, they improve standards. The changes also deliver significant savings to Victorian businesses in the areas of high risk work licensing and record keeping for designers and manufacturers of plant.
For some changes, transitional arrangements apply to allow duty and licence holders time to become compliant with the updated regulatory requirements.
If you are affected by the changes, WorkSafe has prepared a range of information and support resources to help you identify what to do to stay compliant when the changes take effect on 18 June 2017, available through the links below.
The Regulations have been renumbered with consecutive numbers, in line with the Office of the Chief Parliamentary Counsel's guidance on the preparation of statutory rules. Reconciliation tables are available through the links below to help you quickly compare the numbering between the 2007 Regulations and the 2017 Regulations.
A range of information and support resources for the new OHS and EPS Regulations 2017 are available on this page.
For further information contact the WorkSafe Victoria Advisory Service on 1800 136 089 or at email@example.com.
Submissions and feedback
Feedback and engagement from our stakeholders has played a vital part in making sure the OHS Regulations 2017 and EPS Regulations 2017 are streamlined and modernised to better reflect current Victorian work practices.
In 2016 the proposed new OHS and EPS Regulations 2017 were made available for public comment and 61 submissions were received. WorkSafe considered and responded to all submissions before finalising the Regulations.
All of the submissions, including WorkSafe's response, are available in the 'Proposed Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2017 and Equipment (Public Safety) Regulations 2017 - Response to public comment' through the link below.
- Summary of changes – Occupational Health and Safety Regulations [PDF, 240 kB]
- Summary of changes – Equipment (Public Safety) Regulations [PDF, 333 kB]
- Reconciliation Table – Occupational Health and Safety Regulations [PDF, 758 kB]
- Reconciliation Table – Equipment (Public Safety) Regulations [PDF, 374 kB]
- FAQs – OHS and EPS Regulations 2017 [PDF, 212 kB]
- Fees – OHS and EPS Regulations 2017 [PDF, 86 kB]
- Proposed Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2017 and Equipment (Public Safety) Regulations 2017 - Response to public comment [PDF, 538 kB ]