New Demolition and Excavation compliance codes now available

The new codes include:

  • Demolition (previously the Code of Practice - Demolition, 1991)
  • Excavation (previously the Code of Practice - Safety precautions in trenching operations, 1988)

Copies of the codes are available for download below. They are also available for viewing from all WorkSafe offices.

Contact the WorkSafe Advisory Service on 1800 136 089, Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 5:00pm, with any questions about the new codes.

What has changed?

The new compliance codes have been updated to reflect the OHS Regulations 2017 and to reflect modern work practices.

A response to public comment for each code is available on this page below.

Compliance codes review

With the new OHS Regulations 2017 in effect, the compliance codes that align with the regulations were also under review. In consultation with stakeholders, WorkSafe has updated the codes. All codes were also provided for public comment in 2017. Find out more about the compliance codes review.


Compliance codes:
Compliance code: Demolition [PDF, 919.5kB]
Compliance code: Excavation [PDF, 6.1MB]

Response to comment:
Compliance code: Demolition - response to public comment [PDF, 1.9MB]
Compliance code: Excavation - response to public comment [PDF, 557.8kB]

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