WHS Entry Permit Holders

Right of entry

This is a summary of the requirements for entry to a workplace by an entry permit holder (EPH) where they suspect a contravention of the Work Health and Safety Act 2012 or the Work Health and Safety Regulations 2012.

Full details of WHS entry permit requirements and entry by an EPH can be found in the Guidance Note Workplace right of entry by Work Health and Safety Entry Permit Holders (pdf, 195.2 KB) GN053.

Notice requirement

Where an EPH suspects there is a contravention of the legislation, they may enter without prior notice (other forms of entry require between 24 hours and 14 days written notice). However, as soon as is reasonably practicable after entering the workplace, the EPH must provide written notice of entry to the relevant person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) and person with management or control of the workplace.

The only exceptions to this requirement are where this would:

  • defeat the purpose of entry to the workplace (for example, the activity concerned will cease if the EPH stops to give notice after entry)
  • unreasonably delay the EPH in an urgent case (for example, may relate to working at height without fall protection or demolishing asbestos containing material without breathing apparatus).

How much information is required on the contravention?

An EPH must provide sufficient information about the suspected contravention in order to enable the PCBU or an inspector to be able to determine the scope of the inquiry, including general locations (for example, suspected contravention in the provision of safe plant within production areas of the workplace).

An EPH is not required to provide such specific detail that individual workers may be identified (for example, lack of machine guarding on production line one stamping machines).

Is the EPH able to access other areas of the workplace not relevant to the suspected contravention?

No. Entry is confined to only those areas of the workplace relevant to the suspected contravention.

After an EPH inquires into a suspected contravention, what action may they take?

The EPH’s role is to inquire into a suspected contravention with the relevant workers and relevant PCBU, and provide suggestions on what could be done to resolve identified concerns. They do not have power to direct what needs to be done to remedy the contravention.

If the EPH and the PCBU cannot agree on what action needs to be taken, then WorkSafe Tasmania can be contacted to help with the matter in dispute.

Gaining entry

Before gaining entry to the workplace, the EPH must produce their WHS entry permit with photographic identification and their Fair Work Right of Entry Permit.

If the EPH fails, refuses or is unable to produce this identification, then entry to the workplace is to be refused.

For the EPH to inquire into a suspected WHS contravention the EPH must also produce a notice of entry in accordance with section 117 of the Work Health and Safety Act 2012 as soon as is reasonably practicable under section 119.

Complete the WHS entry permit application form (docx, 79.8 KB) when a union is applying for a WHS entry permit for one of its union officials.

Current entry permit holders

The list below contains the names of people who currently hold a WHS entry permit (listed alphabetically by surname) and the expiry date of their permits.

Australian Education Union

  • Matthew Brown 4/8/2019
  • Adam Clifford 20/04/2019
  • Terri Coombes 28/09/2020
  • Gerard Ennis 29/04/2019
  • Jackie King 6/10/2019
  • Kathryn Lee 6/10/2019
  • Roz Madsen 15/11/2019
  • Helen Richardson 4/8/2019
  • Russell Townsend 4/8/2019
  • Malcolm Upston 15/04/2019

Australian Manufacturing Workers Union

  • Jacob Batt 17/11/2019
  • Daniel Cox 17/11/2019
  • Gregory Lee 17/11/2019
  • John Short 31/10/2019
  • Michael Wickham 17/11/2019

Australian Municipal, Administrative, Clerical & Services Union

  • Aaron De La Torre 24/08/2019
  • Karen Tantari 24/08/2019

Australian Nursing & Midwifery Federation

  • Norman Blackburn 20/10/2020
  • Mandy Clark 25/08/2020
  • Sue Darcy 13/09/2020
  • Phoebe Mansell 25/08/2020
  • Tristan Streefland 25/08/2020

Australian Services Union

  • Stephanie Jablonski 3/4/2020
  • Russell McGregor 21/07/2019
  • Michael VanBeek 27/05/2018

Australian Workers Union

  • Robert Flanagan 16/11/2019
  • Graham Hogan 02/06/2019
  • Kevin Midson 16/11/2019
  • Ian Wakefield 16/11/2019
  • Kade Wakefield 02/06/2019

Communication, Electrical and Plumbing Union

  • Leaselle Archer 12/10/2018
  • Michael Anderson 03/03/2019
  • Lisa Maree Bahls 21/07/2019
  • Trevor Gauld 16/09/2019
  • Aaron Hagen 03/03/2019
  • Christopher Lynch 09/11/2019
  • David Mier 1/05/2020
  • Aaron Warn 25/08/2020

Construction, Forestry, Mining & Energy Union

  • Gerard Ayers 25/08/2020
  • Stephen Barrett 11/12/2017
  • Peter Clark 25/08/2020
  • Kevin Harkins 6/09/2019
  • Richard Hassett 11/02/2019

Health and Community Services Union

  • Geoff Blyth 3/06/2018
  • Lucas Digney 3/06/2018
  • James Eddington 15/07/2019
  • Vivek Foot 25/08/2020
  • Timothy Jacobson 29/07/2020
  • Christopher Kennedy 21/05/2020
  • Shane Kunze 21/07/2019
  • Tammy Munro 30/05/2020
  • Richard Parkinson 26/05/2020
  • Tania Rogers 15/07/2019
  • Odette Seabourne 21/07/2019
  • Heather Smith 21/07/2019
  • Chester Somerville 15/07/2019
  • Kristen Swain 25/08/2020
  • Sharon Swards 18/08/2019
  • Scott Wilson 27/07/2018
  • Mathew Woolley 29/07/2020
  • Simon Wright 25/08/2020

Independent Education Union

  • Brian Martin 15/07/2019
  • Jeremy Oliver 21/07/2019
  • Dino Ottavi 15/07/2019

Police Association of Tasmania

  • Patrick Allen 20/2/2020
  • Mark Kadziolka 20/3/2020
  • Angela Smith 27/2/2020

United Voice

  • Jannette Armstrong 12/10/2018
  • Amy Brumby 08/12/2019
  • Kirsty Burke 24/03/2020
  • Sarah Ellis 08/12/2019
  • Rebecca Flanagan 14/03/2020
  • Leigh Hills 12/10/2018
  • Dean Mattar 20/2/2020
  • Stephen McCallum 3/04/2020
  • Celeste Miller 28/5/2018
  • Rhiannon Salter 08/12/2019

Page updated 20 Oct 2017