The main piece of legislation which covers occupational health and safety in most Victorian workplaces is the Occupational Health and Safety Act, 2004. To read more detail about the Act, click the "read more" link under the OHS Act heading below.
As well as the Act, there are the consolidated Regulations and Compliance Codes (progressively replacing the old Codes of Practice). Regulations are law, and must be complied with, whereas codes are not law, but advice on how to comply. For an overview of the system, and more background information, see OHS and related information.
In the overview you will also find information on related legislation, and a list of the regulations and codes of practice. A brief description of the regulations and codes under the OHS Act is also provided. For more detailed information on each of regulations and the codes, see the relevant links in the boxes below.
Follow this link to download the latest copy of the OHS Act. You can also purchase hard copies on the same site by clicking the 'buy printed act' link.
Last amended October 2019