Victoria’s New OHS Regulations 2017

The New Victorian Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2017

New Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 2017 (OHS Regulations) and Equipment (Public Safety) Regulations 2017 (EPS Regulations) commenced in Victoria on 18 June 2017.

In 2016, proposed new OHS and EPS Regulations 2017 were made available for public comment and 61 submissions were received with feedback and engagement from Worksafe Victorias stakeholders playing a vital part in making sure the regulations were streamlined and modernised to better reflect current Victorian work practices.

You can access the new regulations here :

OHS Regulations 2017 [PDF, 2.20MB]

EPS Regulations 2017 [PDF, 276kB]

What has changed with the Victorian OHS Regulations?

The new OHS Regulations 2017 are mainly the same.  However, if you are in a workplace where asbestos is present; are a manufacturer or an importing supplier of hazardous substances or agricultural and veterinary chemicals; work in construction; or operate a mine or major hazard facility, you need to become aware of the changes.

In most cases, compliance was required by 18 June 2017.

Most importantly, the new OHS Regulations 2017 maintain Victoria’s already high safety standards. In some high risk areas, like asbestos removal work, they improve standards. The changes also deliver significant savings to Victorian businesses in the areas of high risk work licensing and record keeping for designers and manufacturers of plant.

WorkSafe Victoria has prepared a range of information and support resources to help you identify what to do to stay compliant with the new changes in effect. For some changes, transitional arrangements apply to allow duty and license holders time to become compliant with the updated regulatory requirements. With the new OHS Regulations 2017 already in force, the compliance codes that align with the regulations are also now under review.

Find out more about OHS Regulations reform and how this applies to your specific industry >>

Support information

For further information contact the WorkSafe Victoria Advisory Service on 1800 136 089 or email

Worksafe Victoria

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