The BCA strongly endorses efforts to enhance the effectiveness of occupational health and safety (OHS) legislation and policy and its operation around Australia.
The key objective must be to establish an equitable and efficient system that focuses on the prevention of workplace injury or fatality and encourages businesses and employees to be proactive in that respect.
The BCA supports the efforts of the Council of Australian Governments to develop a harmonised national framework based on model legislation, which would address the inconsistency of OHS laws across jurisdictions in Australia whilst ensuring that the more concerning aspects of some of the laws are not duplicated across the country.
There is welcome recognition in the draft report of the costs that are imposed by duplicated and overlapping OHS regimes in Australia.
A key concern for business is the complexity and inconsistent operation of occupational health and safety legislation across Australian jurisdictions.