Health and safety in the workplace



You have the right to work in a safe and healthy workplace. All employees must follow their employer’s health and safety procedures.

If you have been injured at work, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation.

States and territories have primary responsibility for Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws (also called Occupational Health and Safety). These laws set out the duties of employers, government agencies and others responsible for work health and safety.

If you feel your workplace is unsafe, contact the relevant regulator or the health and safety representative at your work (if any). You may also wish to contact your union.

State and Territory safety regulators are:

Some industries, such as mining and oil and gas, have separate safety regulators. For a full list of regulators, including workers’ compensation regulators, go to www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/sites/swa/about/who-we-work-with/regulators/pages/whs-regulators

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