Heather Ridout, the chief executive of AiG, said, “We urge all parties to recognise the importance of harmonisation in workplace safety laws and support the Bill.?
Queensland and New South Wales have passed harmonised laws ready to start from 1 January, 2012. The Commonwealth Government?s introduction of the legislation occurs just as the Australian Capital Territory and South Australia currently have the same bill before their parliaments.
According to the Ai Group, the harmonisation of the work health and safety laws presents the best opportunity to overcome the complexity of nine different OHS legal systems and standards. It will go a long way ?to easing the pain of companies who have employees in different States. It has also brought co-operation between State safety regulators and is important in efficient safety administration?.
Source: Ai Group