14 Jul 2021

From 20 July 2021, WorkSafe inspectors will be able to issue on-the-spot fines for employers who put their workers' health and safety at risk.

Inspectors will be able to issue infringement notices of up to $1,817.40 for certain offences, such as:

  • working without a required licence, qualification or appropriate supervision
  • working with unlicensed or unregistered equipment
  • failing to meet duties relating to the removal and storage of asbestos.

The infringement notice scheme will strengthen WorkSafe’s compliance and enforcement capability and act as an additional deterrent for employers who are not taking the safety of their workers seriously.

WorkSafe and its inspectors and investigators will continue to provide guidance and information; issue improvement, non-disturbance and prohibition notices; and prosecute safety breaches where appropriate.

The infringement notice scheme provides an immediate alternative to prosecution – to help ensure that every worker gets home safely.

Fines will vary depending on the nature of the offence. They'll range from $363.48 for an individual, and between $1,090.44 and $1,817.40 for a corporation.

Read the full media release on the Premier's website.