About compliance codes review

Compliance codes (codes) provide duty holders with practical guidance on how to comply with their legal requirements under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (OHS Act) and Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2017 (OHS Regulations). While the guidance provided in a compliance code (code) is not mandatory, a duty holder who complies with a code will – to the extent it deals with their duties or obligations under the OHS Regulations – be considered to have complied with those duties or obligations.

WorkSafe Victoria (WorkSafe), in consultation with stakeholders, reviewed and updated the following now out dated codes of practice, compliance codes, and guidance to form the 12 proposed codes. The codes and guidance were reviewed to ensure they reflected modern work practices and hazards, and the duties in the OHS Act 2004 and the newly updated OHS Regulations that took effect on 18 June 2017.

Compliance codes open for public comment

The following eight proposed codes were made available for public comment from 1 May to 9 June 2017.

  • Hazardous Manual Handling Compliance Code
  • Hazardous Substances Compliance Code
  • Plant Compliance Code
  • Confined Spaces Compliance Code
  • Demolition Compliance Code
  • Excavation Compliance Code
  • Facilities in Construction Compliance Code
  • Noise Compliance Code

The following two proposed codes were made available for public comment from 8 November to 6 December 2017.

  • Managing Asbestos in Workplaces Compliance Code
  • Removing Asbestos in Workplaces Compliance Code

The proposed Prevention of Falls in Housing Construction Compliance Code and Prevention of Falls in General Construction Compliance Code are expected to be made available for public comment in early 2018.

The finalised codes

Following the close of public comment, submissions will be reviewed and considered and feedback incorporated where appropriate. WorkSafe will provide the finalised codes to the Minister for Finance, Robin Scott MP, for approval in his role as Minister responsible for the OHS Act.

Once approved, the compliance codes will be scheduled to take effect.

Frequently asked questions

If you’d like more detailed information about compliance codes and the review, you can read our frequently asked questions or email us at ohsregsreform@worksafe.vic.gov.au.