Work Health and Safety Act 2011 No 10
Current version for 1 January 2014 to date (accessed 26 November 2014 at 18:40)
Part 1Division 3

Division 3 Interpretation

Subdivision 1 Definitions

4   Definitions

In this Act:

approved code of practice means a code of practice approved under Part 14.

authorised, in Part 4—see section 40.

authorising authority means the Industrial Relations Commission.

Category 1 offence—see section 31.

Category 2 offence—see section 32.

Category 3 offence—see section 33.

coal workplace means a place of work to which the Coal Mine Health and Safety Act 2002 applies.

compliance powers means the functions and powers conferred on an inspector under this Act.

condition includes limitation and restriction.

construct includes assemble, erect, reconstruct, reassemble and re-erect.

corresponding regulator means the holder of a public office, or a public authority, of the Commonwealth, or of a State, who or which is responsible for administering a corresponding WHS law.

corresponding WHS law means:

(a)  a law of an Australian jurisdiction that has the same name as this Act, and
(b)  a law of an Australian jurisdiction that is prescribed by the regulations as a corresponding WHS law.

court means the court having jurisdiction in the matter concerned.

dangerous incident, in Part 3—see section 37.

demolition includes deconstruction.

design, in relation to plant, a substance or a structure includes:

(a)  design of part of the plant, substance or structure, and
(b)  redesign or modify a design.

disclose, in relation to information, includes divulge or communicate to any person or publish.

discriminatory conduct, in Part 6—see section 105.

document includes record.

employee record, in relation to an employee, has the same meaning as it has in the Privacy Act 1988 of the Commonwealth.

employer organisation means an organisation of employers.

engage in conduct means doing an act or omitting to do an act.

Fair Work Act means the Fair Work Act 2009 of the Commonwealth.

handling includes transport.

health means physical and psychological health.

health and safety duty—see section 30.

health and safety representative, in relation to a worker, means the health and safety representative elected under Part 5 for the work group of which the worker is a member.

import means to bring into the jurisdiction from outside Australia.

Industrial Court means the Industrial Court of New South Wales.

inspector means an inspector appointed under Part 9 or deemed to be an inspector under that Part.

internal reviewer means:

(a)  the regulator, or
(b)  a person appointed by the regulator under section 225.

local authority means a council or county council under the Local Government Act 1993.

medical treatment means treatment by a medical practitioner registered under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (NSW).

member of staff of a regulator means, in the case of the head of the Department of Trade and Investment, Regional Infrastructure and Services, a member of staff of that Department.

mining workplace means a place of work:

(a)  that is a mine to which the Mine Health and Safety Act 2004 applies, or
(b)  at which activities under the Petroleum (Onshore) Act 1991 or the Petroleum (Offshore) Act 1982 are carried out.

notifiable incident—see section 35.

officer means:

(a)  an officer within the meaning of section 9 of the Corporations Act 2001 of the Commonwealth other than a partner in a partnership, or
(b)  an officer of the Crown within the meaning of section 247, or
(c)  an officer of a public authority within the meaning of section 252,
other than an elected member of a local authority acting in that capacity.

official of a union, in Part 7—see section 116.

person conducting a business or undertaking—see section 5.

personal information has the same meaning as it has in the Privacy Act 1988 of the Commonwealth.

plant includes:

(a)  any machinery, equipment, appliance, container, implement and tool, and
(b)  any component of any of those things, and
(c)  anything fitted or connected to any of those things.

prohibited reason, in Part 6—see section 106.

public authority means:

(a)  a Division of the Government Service, or
(b)  a NSW Government agency, or
(c)  a local authority, or
(d)  any other public or local authority constituted by or under an Act.

reasonably practicable, in relation to a duty to ensure health and safety—see section 18.

regulator means:

(a)  the WorkCover Authority constituted under the Workplace Injury Management and Workers Compensation Act 1998, unless paragraph (b) applies, or
(b)  in relation to matters or the exercise of a power or function concerning a mining workplace or a coal workplace—the head of the Department of Trade and Investment, Regional Infrastructure and Services.

relevant person conducting a business or undertaking, in Part 7—see section 116.

relevant union, in Part 7—see section 116.

relevant worker, in Part 7—see section 116.

representative, in relation to a worker, means:

(a)  the health and safety representative for the worker, or
(b)  a union representing the worker, or
(c)  any other person the worker authorises to represent him or her.

serious injury or illness, in Part 3—see section 36.

State includes Territory.

State or Territory industrial law has the same meaning as it has in the Fair Work Act.

structure means anything that is constructed, whether fixed or moveable, temporary or permanent, and includes:

(a)  buildings, masts, towers, framework, pipelines, transport infrastructure and underground works (shafts or tunnels), and
(b)  any component of a structure, and
(c)  part of a structure.

substance means any natural or artificial substance, whether in the form of a solid, liquid, gas or vapour.

supply—see section 6.

this Act includes the regulations.

union means:

(a)  an employee organisation that is registered, or taken to be registered, under the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009 of the Commonwealth, or
(b)  an association of employees or independent contractors, or both, that is registered or recognised as such an association (however described) under a State or Territory industrial law.

volunteer means a person who is acting on a voluntary basis (irrespective of whether the person receives out-of-pocket expenses).

WHS entry permit means a WHS entry permit issued under Part 7.

WHS entry permit holder means a person who holds a WHS entry permit.

WHS undertaking means an undertaking given under section 216 (1).

work group means a work group determined under Part 5.

worker—see section 7.

workplace—see section 8.

Subdivision 2 Other important terms

5   Meaning of “person conducting a business or undertaking”

(1)  For the purposes of this Act, a person conducts a business or undertaking:
(a)  whether the person conducts the business or undertaking alone or with others, and
(b)  whether or not the business or undertaking is conducted for profit or gain.
(2)  A business or undertaking conducted by a person includes a business or undertaking conducted by a partnership or an unincorporated association.
(3)  If a business or undertaking is conducted by a partnership (other than an incorporated partnership), a reference in this Act to a person conducting the business or undertaking is to be read as a reference to each partner in the partnership.
(4)  A person does not conduct a business or undertaking to the extent that the person is engaged solely as a worker in, or as an officer of, that business or undertaking.
(5)  An elected member of a local authority does not in that capacity conduct a business or undertaking.
(6)  The regulations may specify the circumstances in which a person may be taken not to be a person who conducts a business or undertaking for the purposes of this Act or any provision of this Act.
(7)  A volunteer association does not conduct a business or undertaking for the purposes of this Act.
(8)  In this section, volunteer association means a group of volunteers working together for one or more community purposes where none of the volunteers, whether alone or jointly with any other volunteers, employs any person to carry out work for the volunteer association.

6   Meaning of “supply”

(1)  A supply of a thing includes a supply and a resupply of the thing by way of sale, exchange, lease, hire or hire-purchase, whether as principal or agent.
(2)  A supply of a thing occurs on the passing of possession of the thing to the person or an agent of the person to be supplied.
(3)  A supply of a thing does not include:
(a)  the return of possession of a thing to the owner of the thing at the end of a lease or other agreement, or
(b)  a prescribed supply.
(4)  A financier is taken not to supply plant, a substance or a structure for the purposes of this Act if:
(a)  the financier has, in the course of the financier’s business as a financier, acquired ownership of, or another right in, the plant, substance or structure on behalf of a customer of the financier, and
(b)  the action by the financier, that would be a supply but for this subsection, is taken by the financier for, or on behalf of, that customer.
(5)  If subsection (4) applies, the person (other than the financier) who had possession of the plant, substance or structure immediately before the financier’s customer obtained possession of the plant, substance or structure is taken for the purposes of this Act to have supplied the plant, substance or structure to the financier’s customer.

7   Meaning of “worker”

(1)  A person is a worker if the person carries out work in any capacity for a person conducting a business or undertaking, including work as:
(a)  an employee, or
(b)  a contractor or subcontractor, or
(c)  an employee of a contractor or subcontractor, or
(d)  an employee of a labour hire company who has been assigned to work in the person’s business or undertaking, or
(e)  an outworker, or
(f)  an apprentice or trainee, or
(g)  a student gaining work experience, or
(h)  a volunteer, or
(i)  a person of a prescribed class.
(2)  For the purposes of this Act, a police officer is:
(a)  a worker, and
(b)  at work throughout the time when the officer is on duty or lawfully performing the functions of a police officer, but not otherwise.
(3)  The person conducting the business or undertaking is also a worker if the person is an individual who carries out work in that business or undertaking.

8   Meaning of “workplace”

(1)  A workplace is a place where work is carried out for a business or undertaking and includes any place where a worker goes, or is likely to be, while at work.
(2)  In this section, place includes:
(a)  a vehicle, vessel, aircraft or other mobile structure, and
(b)  any waters and any installation on land, on the bed of any waters or floating on any waters.

9   Examples and notes

(1)  An example at the foot of a provision forms part of this Act.
(2)  A note at the foot of a provision forms part of this Act.
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