Victoria’s New Workplace Manslaughter Laws from 1 July 2020

The new industrial manslaughter laws have been added to the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (Vic) (OHS Act). They will result in a much greater spotlight on compliance with existing OHS laws, as well as introducing a new particular offence of industrial manslaughter.

The new laws will attract the highest penalty in the OHS Act, introducing maximum fines of approx. $16.5m for employers and jail terms of up to 20 years and fines of up to $1.65m for officers whose actions or omissions:

  • cause the death of a worker or member of the public;
  • involve a breach of an OHS duty;
  • were negligent.

This webinar will consider the scope of the new laws and how organisations can prepare for them.

RSVP: Emma Fenby, emma.fenby@cfecfw.asn.au

Presenter: Steve Bell, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills

Steve is a leading work health and safety lawyer. He works with clients to proactively manage risk and defends criminal prosecutions arising from serious workplace incidents.

The Tri-Peaks Project is a collaboration between the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare, the Victorian Healthcare Association and the Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association to support and promote good governance and integrated practices in our sectors.

Please contact Emma Fenby on emma.fenby@cfecfw.asn.au with any questions.