Health and Safety at Work Act 2015

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56 Duty to notify notifiable event


A PCBU must, as soon as possible after becoming aware that a notifiable event arising out of the conduct of the business or undertaking has occurred, ensure that the regulator is notified of the event.


A notification under subsection (1)—


may be given by telephone or in writing (including by email, or other electronic means); and


must be given by the fastest possible means in the circumstances.


For the purposes of subsection (2), a person giving notice by telephone must—


give the details of the incident requested by the regulator; and


if required by the regulator, give a written notice of the incident within 48 hours of being informed of the requirement.


Notice given in writing under subsection (2) or (3) must be in a form, or contain the details, approved by the regulator.


If the regulator receives notice by telephone and a written notice is not required, the regulator must give the PCBU—


details of the information received; or


an acknowledgement of having received notice.


A person who contravenes subsection (1) commits an offence and is liable on conviction,—


for an individual, to a fine not exceeding $10,000:


for any other person, to a fine not exceeding $50,000.

Compare: Model Work Health and Safety Act (Aust) s 38(1)–(6)