Category: Minister for Workplace Safety

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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Silica Workplace Exposure Standard Halved

The Andrews Labor Government is urging employers to do everything they can to protect workers from deadly silica dust with the introduction of a new national exposure standard. A majority of Work Health and Safety ministers have agreed to halve the workplace exposure standard for respirable crystalline silica to a time weighted average of 0.05mg/m3 […]

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Don’t Make The Holidays A Season To Forget

Victorian employers and workers are being urged to take time, take care and stay safe at work in the lead up to the holiday season. A new WorkSafe campaign highlighting the risk of workplace incidents towards the end of the year is underway, reminding employers not to rush workers to meet unrealistic deadlines. Employers are […]

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Statement On The Ombudsman’s Report Tabled Today

The Victorian Government welcomes the Victorian Ombudsman’s report, WorkSafe 2: Follow-up investigation into the management of complex workers compensation claims, tabled today in Parliament. The report reveals disturbing examples of injured workers who have been unfairly treated and unjustly denied their legal entitlements. It also demonstrates a systemic problem with the current model of claims […]

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