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Expanded on-the-spot fines for WHS offences

August 02, 2020

The new infringement offences come into effect on 29 July 2020, with the majority of the fines costing an individual $720 or a body corporate $3,600.

The Northern Territory’s Work Health and Safety (WHS) Regulator Mr Bill Esteves said WorkSafe Inspectors who discover breaches in circumstances which warrant a penalty, but are not serious enough to prosecute directly through the Courts, will now be able to issue on the spot fines for the new infringeable offences, as an alternative.

"WHS laws impose overlapping duties on both businesses and workers. On the spot fines sit within a broad range of regulatory tools available to the Regulator which include, advice and guidance, improvement or prohibition notices, injunctions, enforceable undertakings and prosecutions, all aimed at ensuring workplace parties meet their obligations," said Mr Esteves.

"Advice, guidance, improvement and prohibition notices are often issued for breaches of a similar factual nature, meaning some business and workers are not getting the message; and are still willing to take shortcuts."

"Certain types of offences need to be discouraged, and on the spot fines are a mechanism for sending a clear and timely message that there are consequences," Mr Esteves said.

Read the new infringeable offences