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Victoria's new workplace manslaughter offences: what you need to know

New laws will create two new indictable offences of 'workplace manslaughter' under the 'Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004' (Vic) (OHS Act).

28 April 2021 03:00 am - 28 April 2021 04:00 am
Free

The Workplace Safety Legislation Amendment (Workplace Manslaughter and other matters) Bill 2019 passed Parliament on 26 November 2019 and is expected to come into effect on a day to be proclaimed or, at the latest, 1 July 2020.
 
The new laws will create two new indictable offences of 'workplace manslaughter' under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (Vic) (OHS Act).
 
The new offences will apply to persons (who are not volunteers or employees), self-employed people and officers of an applicable entity (which includes a body corporate) whose negligent conduct causes the death of an employee or a member of the public.
 
The new laws will attract the highest penalty in the OHS Act. Any person, including the Victorian public sector, found guilty of ‘workplace manslaughter’ will face fines of up to $16.5 million and individuals will face up to 20 years in jail.
 
In this presentation, Jodie Burns will provide practical guidance in relation to the offence of workplace manslaughter, to prepare you for the new legislation.

Jodie will cover:

  • an overview of the indictable offence of 'workplace manslaughter' under the OHS Act
  • how you can promote a strong safety culture in your workplace
  • tips for reviewing and reducing potential hazards and risks in the workplace
  • hypothetical case studies to demonstrate practical application

Reviewed 04 August 2021

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