Tougher laws. Safer workplaces.

From July, workplace manslaughter will be 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 ensure 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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From July, workplace manslaughter will be a jailable offence

The Workplace Safety Legislation Amendment (Workplace Manslaughter and Other Matters) Act 2019 (the WSLA Act) received Royal Assent in November 2019 and is expected to come into effect by 1 July this year. 

The new law is designed to strengthen workplace safety in Victoria. It will see tougher penalties for negligently causing a workplace death, including fines of up to $16.5 million for duty holders and up to 20 years in jail for individuals.

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Resources to help reduce health and safety risks in your workplace

Tougher laws. Safer workplaces - construction site

Construction

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

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Manufacturing

Victoria is home to over 13,000 manufacturers employing around 280,000 people.

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Tougher laws. Safer workplaces - agriculture

Agriculture

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

Info for farmers and forestry workers