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New penalties for OSH breaches

OSH PenaltiesPenalties for breaches of Western Australia’s workplace health and safety laws increased on 3 October 2018. The new penalties are consistent with the national model Work Health and Safety Act (Model Act), with a further 14 per cent increase for inflation since 2010.

Examples for a first offence by a body corporate include:

• Level 1 penalties increase from $50,000 to $450,000.
• Level 4 penalties increase from $500,000 to $2.7 million.

Terms of imprisonment for individual offenders have increased from two to five years for level 4 offences.

The new penalties operate in workplaces covered by the Mines Safety and Inspection Act 1994 and the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984.  Download the amendment here.

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