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Occupational Health and Safety: Standards/Legislation/Cases/Codes of Practice/law

This guide provides information and links about resources relevant to OHS in the ECU Library and other useful external resources

What is Legislation?

Legislation is the laws and rules made by the Parliament, together with, the process by which those that have been delegated the authority enforce the rules.


Codes of Practice

Australian Institute of Health & Safety (AIHS)

The OHS Body of Knowledge, was first published in 2012. Chapters have been revised and added progressively since 2012. See the list of chapters for current versions and scheduled updates. Notes about the chapters:

Each chapter is downloaded separately. However users are advised to read the Introduction contained in the learning outcomes tab of each chapter’s download page. This provides background to the information contained in individual chapters. Readers should also note the copyright requirements and the disclaimer before using or acting on the information. Each chapter page includes an overview of the chapter, the chapter for download, information about the author, learning outcomes and a range of resources.


CCH Australian OH&S Library - Australian OHS legislation and commentary on OHS law

Lawlex: Full text database which provides links to Australian legislation hosted on selected government sites plus links to related material.

ComLaw (Commonwealth Law) - Australian Government Legislation

State Law Publisher - Western Australian Government Legislation

Workers Compensation Library (CCH) - Australian Workers Compensation legislation and
commentary on workers compensation law


Australian WHS legislation online video

Law Dictionaries/Encyclopedias

Introductory Texts

Australian Cases

Unreported cased are generally freely available in AustLII. Cases in law reports, such as the Commonwealth Law Reports (CLR) are accessible via the Library. Cases in CLR and other full text authorised cases are available in the Library's law databases, such as FirstPoint (Legal Online).

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