Australian Capital Territory

Building Legislation : Work Health and Safety Legislation

A building owner, occupier or owners agent for a building inherits obligations under Australian Capital Territory Building Legislation, Building Code of Australia and Work Health and Safety legislation to ensure building works, alterations, occupation of a building and the inspection, testing and maintenance of nominated fire appliance/ safety installations are complied with as required.

The following table provide the reader with a comprehensive overview of the building control process and essential safety provisions documents.

Building Legislation

Acts Regulations Definition Essential Safety Measures Parameters New/Old Building Responsibility for Compliance Method of Compliance
Emergencies Act 2004 BCA-E5, D1.101, Act 12.1 All buildings Maintenance: occupant
Upgrade: owner
Risk assessment
Emergencies Regulations 2004
Building Act 2004
Building (General) Regulations 2008
Building Code of Australia All buildings

 

Building Legislation Documents

Building Approval Document Building Approvals Certificate
Occupational Approval Document TBA
Annual Statement Document Annual Verification Certificate
Enforcement Notices Building Infringement Notice
Essential Services Inspections
Identification
Australian Standards
Definitions

 

Work Health and Safety Legislation

Acts Regulations Parameters New/Old Building Responsibility for Compliance Method of Compliance
Work Health and Safety Act 2011 All encompassing Refer Code Refer Code
Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 All encompassing Refer Code Refer Code

 

Work Health and Safety – Main Codes of Practice

Service Code of Practice
Emergency Planning AS 3745-2010 – Planning for emergencies in facilities
Working at Heights Managing the Risk of Falls at Workplaces
Working at Heights Audits
Confined Spaces
Storage & Racking Safe Work Australia - How to Manage Work Health and Safety Risks - Code of Practice - December 2011 Storage and Racking Audits
Asbestos Safe Work Australia - How to Manage and Control Asbestos in the Workplace - Code of Practice - December 2011 Asbestos Register Audits
Chemicals Storage Safe Work Australia - Managing Risks of Hazardous Chemicals in the Workplace - Code of Practice - July 2012 Chemical Storage Audits
Cooling Systems Managing the Work Environment & Facilities and AS/NZS 3666 – Air handling and water systems of buildings
Cooling System Audits
Machinery Guarding Safe Work Australia - Managing Risks of Plant in the Workplace - Code of Practice - July 2012 Machinery Guarding Audits