Health and safety legislation in Australia: Complexity for training remains
Faculty of Business and Law
School of Business
This paper presents the findings from a study that examined the impact of the National Occupational Health and Safety Strategy 2002-2012 and the harmonisation of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 on Australian training design, delivery and outcomes. There has been a comparative reduction in work related injuries, fatalities and disease, and positive changes in safety culture towards improved national targets, attributed to both training and structural changes. However, there remains no empirical evidence that supports this link. The study identified an increased uptake of safety training, including high-risk licensing and the inclusion of health and safety modules within many TAFE and universities courses. Industry practitioners called for more formal qualified safety professionals but voiced their frustration and limited understanding of recent legislative changes that are complicating training re-design.