“Asleep on the job: Costs of Inadequate Sleep in Australia” is a report from the Sleep Health Foundation produced by Deloitte Access Economics. Deloitte estimates 7.4 million Australians routinely do not get the sleep they need to fully function throughout the day. They can’t function at normal levels of alertness, concentration and emotional control.
Professor Dorothy Bruck, Chair of the Sleep Health Foundation said, lack of sleep “is a substantial burden on our economy and the livelihood of Australians, dampening mood, exacerbating health problems, dulling our productivity and making us a danger on the roads and in workplaces around the country”. You can download a PDF of the report that includes recommendations here.
Yes, the WHS Regulations 2011 that commenced with harmonised WHS legislation in January 2012 in Australia has been replaced by the WHS Regulations 2017. But it is just a routine 5 year review of the Regulations and there will be another review in 2022.
The 2017 Regulations are essentially the same as the 2011 Regulations, except for minor changes, including formatting and corrections to typos. You can see those changes on SafeWork’s website here.
Victoria is not part of the harmonised WHS legislation scheme in Australia but recently updated their OHS Regulations in June. The new regulations are mainly the same as the previous OHS Regulations 2007. However if you carry on business in Victoria you may find their new Guide to the OHS Regulations 2017 an excellent resource. You can download a PDF copy here.
WorkSafe Victoria also has new OHS Regulations 2017 and a Guide
If you carry on business in WA you may find it useful to know the general road map of changes over the next 2 years. This information in an article by Corrs Chambers Westgarth Lawyers, called, WA On the March Towards Work Health & Safety Laws, could be useful. You can read it here.