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Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011
Repealed version for 1 July 2017 to 31 August 2017 (accessed 16 November 2018 at 06:28)
Chapter 2 Part 2.1 Division 1
Division 1 Work groups
16   Negotiations for and determination of work groups
Negotiations for and determination of work groups and variations of work groups must be directed at ensuring that the workers are grouped in a way that:
(a)  most effectively and conveniently enables the interests of the workers, in relation to work health and safety, to be represented, and
(b)  has regard to the need for a health and safety representative for the work group to be readily accessible to each worker in the work group.
 Under the Act, a work group may be determined for workers at more than 1 workplace (section 51 (3)) or for workers carrying out work for 2 or more persons conducting businesses or undertakings at 1 or more workplaces (Subdivision 3 of Division 3 of Part 5 of the Act).
17   Matters to be taken into account in negotiations
For the purposes of sections 52 (6) and 56 (4) of the Act, negotiations for and determination of work groups and variation of agreements concerning work groups must take into account all relevant matters, including the following:
(a)  the number of workers,
(b)  the views of workers in relation to the determination and variation of work groups,
(c)  the nature of each type of work carried out by the workers,
(d)  the number and grouping of workers who carry out the same or similar types of work,
(e)  the areas or places where each type of work is carried out,
(f)  the extent to which any worker must move from place to place while at work,
(g)  the diversity of workers and their work,
(h)  the nature of any hazards at the workplace or workplaces,
(i)  the nature of any risks to health and safety at the workplace or workplaces,
(j)  the nature of the engagement of each worker, for example as an employee or as a contractor,
(k)  the pattern of work carried out by workers, for example whether the work is full-time, part-time, casual or short-term,
(l)  the times at which work is carried out,
(m)  any arrangements at the workplace or workplaces relating to overtime or shift work.