Thursday, 24 November 2011
Work Health and Safety Bill 2011, Work Health and Safety (Transitional and Consequential Provisions) Bill 2011; In Committee
The legislation somehow is supposed to start on 1 January 2012, but as we indicated earlier—when I say 'we' I mean both sides of the chamber are agreed; I was not using the royal 'we'—both sides are agreed that this is basically coathanger legislation and it is the regulations that will actually be the important aspect. Looking at the Safe Work website, we are told that issues papers are released and then there are closing dates for submissions. If you go through that, you see, for example, that safe design of building and structures has a closing date of Friday, 16 December 2011. I am not sure how many builders are still going to be around on building sites on 16 December 2011. Possibly on that issue, can we be told when that will start applying? Can we also be told how many codes are still outstanding at this stage? How many codes are there altogether, how many codes are already in place, ready to roll as at 1 January 2012? How many are outstanding and how much notice will the different—what is the word I am looking for?