The NSW Work Health & Safety Act 2011 (WHS) and NSW Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 came into effect on 1 January 2012. 

The work health and safety legislation applies to all workplaces in NSW, including mines.

The legislation can be found on the NSW Legislation website

How do codes of practice relate to the law? 

An approved code of practice is a practical guide to achieving the standards of health, safety and welfare required under work health and safety laws.

Codes of practice have a legal status under the law. For more information and copies of the codes approved under this legislation, please visit our codes of practice page.

What other types of guidance are available?

Interpretive guidelines

Safe Work Australia has issued the following guidelines to help interpret various concepts within the WHS legislation.

Your implementation questions answered

Answers to common questions about the implementation of the WHS legislation are published below.

Do you have any queries about the new legislation not answered in the FAQ's? If you do then send your questions to