Harmonised jurisdictions

Harmonised work health and safety (WHS) legislation came into effect on 1 January 2012 in the Commonwealth, NSW, Qld, the ACT and NT. Under WHS laws, a person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) must consult, so far as is reasonably practicable, with workers likely to be affected by a health or safety matter. Note that the definitions of 'PCBU' and 'worker' are broader than 'employers' and 'employees'. Employers as well as others such as principal contractors and franchisees are all PCBUs. Similarly, the term 'workers' is not limited to employees, but includes others who carry out work in any capacity for the PCBU, such as contractors, sub-contractors and their employees, labour hire workers, volunteers, and work experience students.

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