Compliance Codes

Compliance codes, declared under the 2004 OHS Act, provide practical guidance to those who have duties or obligations under the Act. These now replace the old "Codes of Practice".

The compliance codes were developed after the 2004 OHS Act and aligned to the 2007 OHS Regulations. With the new OHS Regulations 2017 in effect, the compliance codes that align with the regulations were also under review. In March 2018 five new codes were released. This page will be updated as new codes are released.

The eight compliance codes now available are:

  • Hazardous manual handling [pdf] (previously the Manual Handling Code of Practice, 2000)
  • Facilities in construction [pdf] (previously the Building and Construction Workplaces Code of Practice, 1990)
  • Confined spaces [pdf] (previously the Confined Spaces Compliance Code, 2008)
  • Plant [pdf] (previously the Plant Code of Practice, 1995)
  • Noise [pdf] (a new code based on Your health and safety guide to noise, 2007, and the Guide for assessing and fixing noise problems and work, 2005)
  • Communicating occupational health & safety across languages [pdf]
  • Workplace amenities and work environment [pdf]
  • Compliance Code for First Aid in the workplace [pdf]
  • Prevention of falls in general construction [pdf]
  • Foundries [pdf]
  • Managing asbestos in workplaces [pdf] - under review
  • Removing asbestos in workplaces [pdf] - under review

WorkSafe has now produced hard copies of the Compliance Codes.  Unions will be providing copies of the relevant codes to their OHS Reps, or they can obtained by contacting WorkSafe. 

Go to the Workplace and Amenities section in FAQs for advice on specific matters which are dealt with in the First Aid and Workplace amenities and work environment codes.

Note: Development of other Compliance Codes (such as Plant; Manual Handling; or Hazardous Substances), was interrupted due to work on the national model Work Health and Safety regulatory package, wherein Model Regulations and Codes of Practice were being developed. However, in 2012, the Victorian Government determined not to adopt the national system and will now recommence the development of Compliance Codes.

Following the implementation of the 2017 OHS Regulations, a number of draft compliance codes were released for public comment and these are being finalised. More draft codes have been released and eventually we will have the full set of compliance codes in Victoria. 

Last amended March 2018

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