Workplace Health and Safety

The Workplace Health and Safety Acts in each state differ in their provisions. In general, these Acts are designed to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of workers at work.

In Queensland, for example, the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (PDF, 833KB) (the WHS Act) covers the following workers:

  • Employees;
  • Subcontractors;
  • Outworkers;
  • Apprentices and Trainees;
  • Work experience students;
  • Volunteers; and
  • Employers who perform work.


The Act states that persons conducting a business or undertaking must ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health and safety of workers at the workplace.

The Act also sets out provisions for:

  • Incident notification;
  • Consultation with workers;
  • Issue resolution;
  • Powers and functions of inspectors; and
  • Offenses and Penalties.


In most states of Australia, it is not necessary to establish a breach of the relevant Workplace Health and Safety Acts to receive statutory workers compensation benefits. However, if you think there has been a breach there may be further entitlements you can claim above your statutory worker’s compensation benefits. If you think there has been a breach or you are not sure, we can provide you with our initial advice on a free, no obligation basis.

Compensation may include:

  • Weekly workers compensation benefits;
  • Medical expenses;
  • Rehabilitation costs;
  • Pharmaceuticals;
  • Traveling expenses;
  • Help around the house; and
  • Lump-sum payment for permanent impairment.