Category: Minister for Workplace Safety

Victorian Workplace Manslaughter Laws Now In Effect

Workplace manslaughter is now a criminal offence in Victoria with tough new laws introduced by the Victorian Government coming into effect today. Negligent employers now face fines of up to $16.5 million and individuals face up to 25 years in jail, sending a clear message to employers that putting lives at risk in the workplace […]

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Silica Health Assessments Pass Halfway Target

More than half of Victoria’s 1,400 stonemasons have now registered for silica health screening, as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s comprehensive action plan to address and prevent unsafe silica exposure. The free assessments are a key part of the Labor Government’s strategy to protect workers from exposure to silica dust and prevent them from […]

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Strengthening Dangerous Goods Laws To Keep People Safe

The Andrews Labor Government will undertake a comprehensive review of the Victoria’s dangerous goods laws to help stamp out unsafe chemical stockpiling and keep Victorians safe. Andrew Palmer, QC, has been appointed to conduct the review of the Dangerous Goods Act 1985 and associated regulations. The review is the latest step in the Government’s ongoing […]

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New Laws To Crack Down On Wage Theft

Employers who deliberately underpay or don’t pay their workers will face up to 10 years jail under new laws introduced into parliament today by the Andrews Labor Government. The Wage Theft Bill 2020 will establish new criminal offences targeting employers who deliberately withhold wages and other employee entitlements. Employers who dishonestly withhold wages, superannuation or […]

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New Guidelines To Combat Gendered Violence At Work

Employers turning a blind eye to gendered violence are on notice, with the Andrews Labor Government introducing new guidance to help eradicate this unacceptable behaviour from Victorian workplaces. Women, members of the LGBTIQA+ community, migrants and persons with a disability are more likely to experience gendered violence as well as when a person faces multiple […]

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New Campaign To Improve Safety Of Young Workers

The Andrews Labor Government is warning employers to protect young workers and making sure young Victorians are aware of their rights through a powerful new campaign launched today. Minister for Workplace Safety Jill Hennessy and WorkSafe Chief Executive Colin Radford today launched the new campaign, at Melbourne’s KereKere Green Cafe. The campaign is part of […]

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Licensing Scheme To Boost Engineered Stone Safety

The Andrews Labor Government will introduce Australia’s first licensing scheme for engineered stone to further reduce the risks of workers contracting deadly silicosis. Minister for Workplace Safety Jill Hennessy announced the scheme at Silicosis Summit: A preventative approach, which brought WorkSafe, experts and industry together to discuss the prevention of silica dust exposure in the […]

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Working From Heights Blitz Puts Employers On Notice

The Andrews Labor Government is warning employers not to become complacent about the dangers of working from heights, warning they will be held accountable for putting workers lives at risk. WorkSafe Victoria inspectors have been targeting work sites since November, with a focus on fall prevention, scaffolding safety and ladder use in the construction industry, […]

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New Compliance Code For Working With Engineered Stone

A new code of conduct will make sure that employers are guided by best practice and expert advice to reduce the risks to their workers contracting deadly silicosis, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Developed in consultation with medical experts, employees and employers the code provides critical guidance to employers working with engineered stone, including […]

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New Worksafe Campaign To Put Employers On Notice

The Andrews Labor Government is putting unsafe employers on notice with the launch of a new campaign highlighting Victoria’s new workplace manslaughter laws. Minister for Workplace Safety Jill Hennessy joined WorkSafe Chief Executive Colin Radford today to launch the advertising blitz, which warns employers of the tough financial penalties and jail terms they face if […]

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