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No. 1 of 2011 Notices & Notifications as made
This Notice seeks to provide occupational health and safety coverage for approximately 500 volunteers who will assist in the preparation and running of activities associated with the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Perth in 2011.
Administered by: Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
Registered 07 Sep 2011
Tabling HistoryDate
Tabled HR12-Sep-2011
Tabled Senate12-Sep-2011
Date of repeal 01 Jan 2012
Repealed by Other
Repealing Comments Enabling legislation repealed by Work Health and Safety (Transitional and Consequential Provisions) Act 2011 (Act No. 146 of 2011).

 

 

EXPLANATORY STATEMENT

 

 

Issued by the authority of the

Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations

 

Occupational Health and Safety Act 1991

 

Definition of “Employee” — subsection 9(5)

 

 

The Occupational Health and Safety Act 1991 (the Act) provides occupational health and safety coverage for Commonwealth employees.

 

Section 9 defines who is an “employee” for the purposes of the ActUnder subparagraph 9(5)(a)(i) of that definition, the Minister can declare that persons, being persons who engage in activities or perform acts at the request or direction, for the benefit, or under  a requirement made by or under a law, of the Commonwealth are taken to be employed by the Commonwealth for the purposes of the Act.

This legislative instrument seeks to provide occupational health and safety coverage for approximately 500 volunteer persons who will assist in the preparation and running of activities associated with the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2011 in Perth, under the supervision of the CHOGM 2011 Taskforce.

Coverage would apply to duties performed by such persons in connection with event preparations, providing transport and general assistance rendered to CHOGM 2011 delegates.

It is appropriate that persons assisting the CHOGM 2011 Taskforce in a voluntary capacity be covered by the Act as they will provide services at the request of the Commonwealth, which confer a public benefit.  Accordingly, the declaration by the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations under the Act will ensure that it applies to such persons when they perform relevant acts.

 

The declaration was requested by Senator the Hon Kate Lundy, Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister.  Consultation was undertaken with the CHOGM 2011 Taskforce as the affected body.  Further consultation was unnecessary as no other body is affected by the declaration.  An exemption from the preparation of a Regulation Impact Statement was granted by the Office of Best Practice Regulation.

 

This instrument is a legislative instrument for the purposes of the Legislative Instruments Act 2003.

 

This declaration is expressed to commence the first day after it is added to the Federal Register of Legislative Instruments, for the duration of the period up to and including, 30 November 2011.