The Work Health and Safety Act 2011 came into effect on 1 January 2012 and the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2017 commenced on 1 September 2017.

The WHS legislation applies to all workplaces in NSW, including mines.

The legislation can be found on the NSW Legislation website

Codes of practice

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.

Further information and copies of the codes approved under this legislation is available on the codes of practice page.

Other types of guidance

Interpretive guidelines

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

Your implementation questions answered

Read answers to common questions about the implementation of the WHS legislation in the FAQs on the WHS legislation implementation [PDF, 98.79 KB].

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