Mine Health and Safety Act 2004 No 74
100 Minister may make stop work order
(1) If the Minister is of the opinion that any action is being, or is
about to be, carried out by any person at a place of work to which this Act
applies that involves, or is likely to result in, a serious breach of a
(a) this Act or the regulations, or
(b) the Work Health and Safety Act
2011 or the regulations under that
the Minister may order that the person is to cease or is not to carry out
the action and that no action, other than any action that may be specified in
the order, is to be carried out in or in the vicinity of the place, or a
specified part of the place, within a period not exceeding 28 days after the
day of the order.
(2) An order takes effect on and from the time at which:
(a) a copy of the order is provided to the operator of the mine by the
(b) a copy of the order is affixed in a conspicuous place in the mine
by the Minister, or
(c) the person carrying out or about to carry out the action the
subject of the order is notified by the Minister that the order has been
whichever is the sooner.
(3) In this Part, a reference to action being, or about to be, carried
out includes a reference to action that should be, but is not being, carried
out and the Minister may make an order, in accordance with this Part, that any
such action is to be carried out.
(4) The regulations may modify this Part in relation to its
application to a stop work order that specifies actions that must be carried
(5) Without limiting the Minister’s delegation powers under
section 182, the Minister may, by instrument in writing, delegate to any or
all government officials the functions of giving notice or providing or
affixing copies of an order under this section.