WorkSafe Victoria inspectors: How inspectors support and enforce health and safety at work

How WorkSafe inspectors monitor and enforce occupational health and safety (OHS) laws in workplaces.
Last updated

Apr 2012

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7 pages

Changes to inspector powers – infringements

The Occupational Health and Safety Amendment (Infringements and Miscellaneous Matters) Regulations 2021 came into effect on 31 July 2021.

This information has not yet been updated to reflect the changes introduced by these regulations.

Infringement notices scheme

As of 31 July 2021, WorkSafe inspectors will be able to issue infringement notices to persons who commit any of the infringeable offences prescribed in the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2017.

What it contains

WorkSafe is the key regulator of Victoria's occupational health and safety (OHS) laws. This guide outlines the role, powers and activities of WorkSafe inspectors to enforce these laws. It explains:

  • what WorkSafe inspectors do
  • what happens during a workplace inspection
  • the powers of a WorkSafe inspector
  • WorkSafe inspectors' legal obligations
  • what happens when an inspector identifies an OHS issue in a workplace