Australia: New COVID-19 notification requirements for Victorian employers

The Victorian Government has responded to the second surge in Covid-19 cases, by expanding the existing notification duty on employers to now require notification to WorkSafe of cases of COVID-19 among their employees and contractors. Under the expanded definition of a notifiable incident, Victorian employers that become aware that an employee or an independent contractor … Read more

Australia: Summary of changes to the Coal Mining Safety and Health Act 1999 (Qld)

This article outlines the implications of the Mineral and Energy Resources and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2020 (Qld) (the Bill) on the Coal Mining Safety and Health Act 1999 (Qld) (CMSH Act). The Bill was passed with amendment on 20 May 2020. The Bill has: Introduced an industrial manslaughter offence; Clarified the appointment requirement for statutory … Read more

Australia: COVID-19 – This week in Employment (1 May 2020)

This week saw the introduction of the COVIDSafe application, which is designed to speed up the process of contacting people who have been potentially exposed to COVID-19. Further guidance has been released in relation to the JobKeeper legislation and by SafeWork Australia regarding work health and safety considerations. More information regarding these developments in the … Read more

Australia: Employment related implications of coronavirus (COVID-19) planning

Employers are making decisions about adapting the way their workforces operate in the context of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. These are plainly circumstances without parallel or precedent, and so many businesses are relying on fundamental principles of risk management and business continuity planning, and attempting to apply them in this rapidly developing situation. The purpose … Read more

Australia: Safety Update – COVID-19

Following the outbreak of novel coronavirus, we recommend that businesses take steps to ensure that they manage associated risks to the health and safety of workers, both at home and abroad. Workplace Health and Safety laws in Australia generally require that persons conducting a business or undertaking (‘PCBUs’) eliminate, or if that’s not reasonably practicable, … Read more

Australia: Industrial Manslaughter and major change to statutory appointments for mining in Queensland

The Mineral and Energy Resources and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2020 (Bill) was introduced to Queensland Parliament on 4 February 2020 . The policy objective of the Bill relates to the Queensland Government’s priority to strengthen the safety culture in the resources sector through the introduction of industrial manslaughter offence provisions and requiring that persons … Read more