Thursday, 4 September 2008

Safework Australia bill goes to Parliament

Legislation setting up a national body to oversee occupational health and safety and workers compensation has been introduced to federal Parliament.

Safework Australia will develop legislation to be adopted uniformly in all states and territories.

The body will have an independent chairman and representatives from the Commonwealth, the states, employers and unions.

Workplace Relations Minister Julia Gillard says it is an important step.

"This bill ushers in a new era of cooperation and collaboration between the Commonwealth and the states and territories in this important area of work," she said.

"A collaboration which will improve the health and safety of workers across Australia and reduce the complexity of regulation for businesses."

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