Tougher laws. Safer workplaces.

Workplace manslaughter is now a jailable offence. If you fail to do your job, we'll do ours, and make sure you face the law.

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We're enforcing tougher laws to create safer workplaces

Putting people's lives at risk in the workplace will not be tolerated. It's every employer's responsibility to make sure their employees stay safe at work and return home every day. If you fail to do your job, we'll do ours, and make sure you face the law.

In 2019

27,000 claims

WorkSafe accepted over 27,000 claims from injured workers.

24 workplace fatalities

Tragically 24 Victorians died as a result of workplace incidents.

Countless affected

Countless the number of people affected by every workplace death.

Every employee deserves to be safe at work and return home every day

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1 July 2020

Workplace manslaughter is now a jailable offence

The Workplace Safety Legislation Amendment (Workplace Manslaughter and Other Matters) Act 2019 is now in effect, commencing 1 July 2020.

The new law is designed to strengthen workplace safety in Victoria. It aims to prevent workplace death and provide a strong deterrent for officers, organisations and employers to comply with their OHS obligations. It will see tougher penalties where a workplace death is caused by criminal negligence.

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Construction is Victoria's fifth largest industry with more than 240,000 workers.

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Tougher laws. Safer workplaces - agriculture


Victoria is Australia's largest producer with more than 29,000 businesses.

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