Legislation

Directory of Legislation

On this page you will find a list of legislation and legislative instruments applicable to compliance management at UNE.  Clicking on the name will take you to more information, where a link is provided.  This may be an external website or document.

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  • Waste Avoidance and Resources Recovery Act 2001 (NSW) - Level 2The objects of the Act are to encourage the most efficient use of resources and to reduce environmental harm in accordance with the principles of ecologically sustainable development and to ensure that resource management options are considered against a hierarchy of the following order: 1. avoidance of unnecessary resource consumption 2. resource recovery (including reuse, reprocessing, recycling and energy recovery),disposal. to provide for the continual reduction in waste generation.
    Also to minimise the consumption of natural resources and the final disposal of waste by encouraging the avoidance of waste and the reuse and recycling of waste, ensure that industry shares with the community the responsibility for reducing and dealing with waste, ensure the efficient funding of waste and resource management planning, programs and service delivery, achieve integrated waste and resource management planning, programs and service delivery on a State-wide basis and to assist in the achievement of the objectives of the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997.
  • Water Act 1912 (NSW) - Level 4An Act to consolidate the Acts relating to Water Rights, Water and Drainage, Drainage Promotion, and Artesian Wells.
  • Water Management Act 2000 (NSW) - Level 4An Act to provide for the protection, conservation and ecologically sustainable development of the water sources of the State, and for other purposes.
  • Weapons of Mass Destruction (Prevention and Proliferation) Act 1995 (Cth) - Level 4An Act to prohibit the supply or export of goods that will or may be used in, and the provision of services that will or may assist, the development, production, acquisition or stockpiling of weapons capable of causing mass destruction or missiles capable of delivering such weapons.
  • Wild Dog Destruction Act 1921 (NSW) - Level 4An Act to make better provision for the destruction of wild dogs in the Western Division; to provide for the imposition of a rate upon the owners and occupiers of land in the Western Division; to amend certain Acts; and for purposes connected therewith.
  • Wilderness Act 1987 (NSW) - Level 4An Act to provide for the identification of wilderness and the protection and management of wilderness areas in the State; and for other purposes.
  • Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (NSW) - Level 1An Act to secure the health, safety and welfare of persons at work. The objects of work health safety laws are:
    - to protect the health and safety of workers
    - to improve safety outcomes in workplaces
    - to reduce compliance costs for business, and
    - to improve efficiency for regulator agencies.
  • Work Health and Safety Regulation 2017 (NSW) - Level 1Regulations made under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011.
  • Workers Compensation Act 1951 (ACT) - Level 2An Act of the Australian Capital Territory relating to compensation to workers for injuries arising out of or in the course of their employment.
  • Workers Compensation Act 1958 (VIC) - Level 2The Victorian Act to consolidate the Law relating to compensation to workers for injuries arising out of the course of or in the course of their employment.
  • Workers Compensation Act 1987 (NSW) - Level 2An Act to provide for the compensation and rehabilitation of workers in respect of work related injuries This Act works with the Workplace Injury Management and Workers Compensation Act 1998 and associated regulations in the provision of the Workers Compensation Scheme for NSW.

    Essentially the Act:
    - establishes that where a worker is injured during the course of employment, the employer has liability for such injury.
    - seeks to ensure that a worker, suffering such an injury, should receive appropriate compensation arising from the employers liability.

    Under the Act, the University has a duty to appropriately insure its employees for injuries incurred during the course of employment and further, has a duty to disclose relevant information that would affect the calculation of the premium payable.
  • Workers Compensation Regulation 2016 (NSW) - Level 2Regulation made under the Workers Compensation Act 1987 and Workplace Injury Management and Workers Compensation Act 1998.
  • Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (TAS) - Level 2A Tasmanian Act to provide for the rehabilitation and compensation of workers in respect of occupational injuries suffered by workers, to promote the prevention of injuries in the workplace.
  • Workers' Compensation (Dust Diseases) Act 1942 (NSW) - Level 2An Act to make further and more extensive provisions regarding the payment of compensation in the case of workers who suffer death or disablement owing to the disease known as silicosis of the lungs, or owing to other diseases of the pulmonary or respiratory organs caused by exposure to silica dust; to validate certain payments; and for purposes connected therewith.
  • Workers' Compensation and Injury Management Act 1981 (WA) - Level 2A Western Australia Act to consolidate the law relating to compensation for, and the management of, employment-related injuries.
  • Workers' Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2003 (QLD) - Level 2An Act to establish a workers compensation scheme for Queensland.
  • Working with Children (Criminal Record Checking) Act 2004 (WA) - Level 2This Act:
    1.provides for procedures for checking the criminal record of people who carry out, or propose to carry out, child-related work;and
    2.prohibits people who have been charged with or convicted of certain offences from carrying out child-related work.
  • Working with Children (Criminal Record Checking) Regulations 2005 (WA) - Level 2Regulations made under the Working with Children (Criminal Record Checking) Act 2004.
  • Working with Children (Risk Management and Screening) Act 2000 (QLD) - Level 2An Act to establish a scheme requiring the development and implementation of risk management strategies, and the screening of persons employed in particular employment or carrying on particular businesses, to promote and protect the rights, interests and wellbeing of children in Queensland.
  • Working with Children Act 2005 (VIC) - Level 2The main purpose of this Act is to assist in protecting children from sexual or physical harm by ensuring that people who work with, or care for, them are subject to a screening process.
  • Working with Children Regulations 2016 (VIC) - Level 2Regulations made under the Working with Children Act 2005 (VIC)
  • Working with Vulnerable People (Background Checking) Act 2011 (ACT) - Level 2An Act to provide for background checking and registration of people who work with vulnerable people (which includes children).
  • Working with Vulnerable People (Background Checking) Regulation 2012 (ACT) - Level 2Regulations made under the Working with Vulnerable People (Background Checking) Regulation 2011.
  • Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 (Cth) - Level 2An Act to require certain employers to promote gender equality in the workplace, to establish the Workplace Gender Equality Agency and the office of the Director of Workplace Gender Equality.

    The principle objects of the Act are to:
    * promote and improve gender equality (including equal remuneration between women and men) in employment and in the workplace.
    * support employers to remove barriers to the full and equal participation of women in the workforce, in recognition of the disadvantaged position of women in relation to employment matters.
    * promote, amongst employers, the elimination of discrimination on the basis of gender in relation to employment matters (including in relation to family and caring responsibilities).
    * foster workplace consultation between employers and employees on issues concerning gender equality in employment and in the workplace.
    * improve the productivity and competitiveness of Australian business through the advancement of gender equality in employment and in the workplace.
  • Workplace Injury Management and Workers Compensation Act 1998 (NSW) - Level 2An Act to provide for the effective management of work-related injuries and injury compensation for such injuries. The Act has provisions for prompt treatment of injuries; effective and proactive management of injuries, medical and vocational rehabilitation following injuries; income support for injured workers and their dependents during incapacity, payment for permanent impairment or death, and payment for reasonable treatment and other related expenses. This Act (the 1998 Act) works to ensure appropriate management of injuries. The Act establishes the Workcover Authority and defines its primary responsibilities as:- ensuring compliance with workers compensation and occupational health and safety legislation; monitoring and reporting to the Minister on matters relating to such legislation; and, consultation in connection with current or proposed legislation. The Act deals with procedural matters relating to workplace injury management including:- requirements for Licensed Insurers to have an Injury Management Program; requirements for employers to comply with obligations within such a program; timing and notification requirements for injured workers and specific injury management plans to be put in place in the event of a work related injury. Under the Act, an injured worker has an obligation to return to work as soon as possible following an injury and an employer has an obligation to establish a return to work program that acts to provide suitable work for the injured worker (having regard for the physical and vocational rehabilitation of the injured worker). The Act provides for the form, content and processing of claims for compensation and in large part regulates the activities of licensed insurers and claimants in respect of such claims. The University has Workers Compensation Insurance and as such claims for compensation for work related injuries will be dealt with by the University's insurer. The University has obligations to notify the insurer of such claims and to provide information to the insurer in relation to those events in a timely manner. Where the insurer pays the University an amount in compensation of a claim on behalf of an injured employee, the University must pay that amount to the injured employee as soon as practicable.
  • Workplace Surveillance Act 2005 (NSW) - Level 2An Act regulating the surveillance of employees at work. The Act stipulates that surveillance must not take place without prior written notice to the employee - (min 14 days notice); Such a notice must describe:- the kind of surveillance to be carried out (camera, computer or tracking); how the surveillance will be carried out; when the surveillance will start; whether the surveillance will be continuous or intermittent, and, whether the surveillance will be for a specified limited period or ongoing. The Act establishes additional requirements for camera and computer surveillance. Under the Act, covert surveillance of an employee by an employer is prohibited unless authorised by a covert surveillance authority (this can only be issued by a Magistrate for the purpose of establishing conduct of unlawful activity by an employee whilst at work - not for performance monitoring etc)