The Victorian Parliament recently passed a new workplace manslaughter law that will impose fines of around $16 million and up to 20 years’ jail for employers responsible for negligently causing death.
The Victorian Chamber was actively involved in consultation on the development of the laws, and advocated strongly for a number of amendments which would have improved fairness, workability and safety outcomes.
While we are disappointed these amendments were not adopted by the Parliament, the Victorian Chamber genuinely hopes that this law is successful in preventing workplace injuries and deaths.
We would like to invite you to a briefing on the new law to help your business navigate its way through this controversial and complex reform, which is expected to commence on 1 July 2020.
While the law will not impose any new safety obligations on business, it will significantly increase the penalties where a person is killed in a workplace incident. As a result, many businesses will be seeking to review their risk registers, policies and practices and training relating to work that could foreseeably result in a fatality.
In order to guide employers on how to prepare for this law, the Chamber is holding a briefing to provide insights from our policy team on the development of the legislation as well as our health, safety and wellbeing experts on how employers can better respond to these laws.