Gillard Launches Federal OH&S Review

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Monday 7 April 2008

On 4 April 2008, the Federal Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, Hon Julia Gillard, announced the commencement of a National Review into Model Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Laws.

The Government has appointed three eminent panel members to conduct a national review into Australia’s OHS laws.  Robin Stewart-Crompton will chair the panel. Robin Stewart-Crompton is a former Chief Executive Officer of the National Occupational Health and Safety Commission who has continued to work in the OHS field as a consultant. His legal qualifications and extensive legal policy and OHS experience will bring perceptive leadership to the Review.

Barry Sherriff and Stephanie Mayman have also been appointed to the National OHS Review Panel.
As the lead partner of Freehills’ OHS law practice, Barry Sherriff has extensive experience in advising on OHS issues, with a focus on proactive strategies for compliance and accident prevention. Stephanie Mayman is currently a Commissioner in the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission and Chairperson of the Occupational Safety and Health Tribunal appointed under Western Australia’s OHS legislation.

Robin Stewart-Crompton and his team will review OHS legislation in each State, Territory and Commonwealth jurisdiction for the purpose of making recommendations on the optimal structure and content of a model OHS Act to apply nationally. The panel will consult with a broad range of stakeholders and submit its final report to the Workplace Relations Ministers’ Council by the end of January 2009.

Terms of Reference for the Review follow accordingly and will be available on the National OHS Review website along with biographies of the panel members - www.nationalohsreview.gov.au , or view the documents in the Document Library under 'Reference Tools'.