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27 May 11
Work Health and Safety Bill passed by Queensland Parliament

As mentioned in our earlier Alert (11 May 2011), and discussed on Boardroom Radio (12 May 2011), new workplace health and safety laws will come into effect in Queensland as a result of the harmonisation of OHS legislation across the country.

The Work Health and Safety Bill was passed by the Queensland Parliament yesterday and will come into force on 1 January 2012.  No amendments were made to the Bill as it was proposed at its second reading, so our previous comments remain unaltered. 

Regrettably, the debate shed no light as to when the Regulations and Codes will be finalised.  We will continue to monitor progress of the new Work Health and Safety Act 2011, and its accompanying Regulations and Codes, and will bring you further updates as information comes to hand.

This Alert covers legal and technical issues in a general way. It is not designed to express opinions on specific cases. This Alert is intended for information purposes only and should not be regarded as legal advice. Further advice should be obtained before taking action on any issue dealt with in this publication.

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