About the 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 and the newly updated OHS Regulations that took effect on 18 June 2017.

Compliance codes made available for public comment

The following two proposed compliance codes were made available for public comment from 1 February to 28 February 2018.

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

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

Thank you to everyone that made a submission. All submissions, unless confidential, can be viewed here.

The finalised codes

Following the close of public comment, submissions are reviewed and considered and feedback incorporated where appropriate. WorkSafe provides 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 are scheduled to take effect.

The Hazardous manual handling, Facilities in construction, Confined spaces, Plant and Noise compliance codes took effect on 15 March 2018.

The Demolition and Excavation compliance codes took effect on 3 May 2018.

The Hazardous substances compliance code took effect on 12 July 2018.

It is anticipated that the Managing asbestos in workplaces, Removing asbestos in workplaces, Prevention of falls in housing construction, and Prevention of falls in general construction compliance codes will take effect in September 2018.

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.