Approved codes of practice

Model codes of practice

Model codes of practice have been developed by Safe Work Australia, in consultation with state and territory governments, unions and employer organisations, for adoption nationally by the Commonwealth, state and territory governments.

In Tasmania, a model code of practice becomes an approved code of practice once it has been approved by the Minister for Workplace Relations under section 274 of the Act.

Preserved codes of practice

On 1 January 2013 Tasmania moved to a new work health and safety regime with the commencement of the Work Health and Safety Act and Work Health and Safety Regulations.

The new Act enabled the Minister for Workplace Relations to approve codes of practice developed under a specific consultation process. However, as part of the transition process four codes of practice have been preserved from the old regime. They are the:

  1. Code of Practice for the Safe Use of Reinforced Plastics, published by WorkSafe Tasmania
  2. Code of Practice for Risk Management of Agricultural Shows and Carnivals, published by WorkSafe Tasmania
  3. Forest Safety Code (Tasmania) 2007, produced by the Safety Standards Committee, Tasmanian Forest Industries Training Board Inc
  4. Code of Practice for the Tasmanian Abalone Industry, developed by the Tasmanian Abalone Council Ltd

By virtue of section 15 of the Work Health and Safety (Transitional and Consequential Provisions) Act 2012 these codes are taken to be approved codes of practice under the new Act.