Government WHS resources

The federal and state governments provide advice and resources to help growers understand and meet their Workplace, Health and Safety (WHS) obligations:

Safe Work Australia is an Australian government statutory body established in 2008 to develop national policy relating to WHS and workers’ compensation.

Safe Work Australia is jointly funded by the Commonwealth, state and territory governments through an Intergovernmental Agreement. It performs its functions in accordance with its Corporate plan and Operational plan, which are agreed to annually by Ministers for Work Health and Safety.

They are an inclusive, tripartite body—they work in partnership with governments, employers and employees—to drive national policy development on WHS and workers’ compensation matters. Safe Work Australia works to:

  • develop and evaluate national policy and strategies
  • develop and evaluate the model WHS legislative framework
  • undertake research, and collect, analyse and report data.

As a national policy body, Safe Work Australia does not regulate WHS laws. The Commonwealth, states and territories retain responsibility for regulating and enforcing WHS laws in their jurisdictions.

Visit Safe Work Australia is the official home of:

  • Workplace Health and Safety Queensland
  • Electrical Safety Office
  • Workers' Compensation Regulatory Services
  • WorkCover Queensland.

Their shared purpose is to provide information and services for work health and safety and workers' compensation in Queensland.

Workplace Health and Safety Queensland, the Electrical Safety Office and Workers' Compensation Regulatory Services are part of the Office of Industrial Relations (OIR).

OIR and WorkCover Queensland both report to Queensland's Minister for Industrial Relations.

Visit WorkSafe QLD

NT WorkSafe is a division under the Department of Attorney-General and Justice responsible for assisting businesses and workers understand their obligations under work health and safety, dangerous goods, electrical safety, and rehabilitation and workers compensation in the Northern Territory.

NT WorkSafe officers are available to provide advice and information to assist in making workplaces safe.​

Visit NT WorkSafe

WorkSafe is working with employers, employees and employee representatives to set up and maintain systems of work so that employees are not exposed to hazards.

As an employer, you have a responsibility to provide a high standard of safety and health at your workplace.

Many workplaces have hazards that place workers at risk of injury or harm to health. Managing safety and health is as much a part of running your business as finances, taxes, licences, employing staff and production.

WorkSafe provides tools and resources to help you to create a safe environment in your workplace.

Visit WorkSafe WA

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