As of 31st July 2021, Worksafe Victoria implemented a new tool for safer workplaces.
Worksafe inspectors will be able to issue infringement notices with penalties of up to 10 penalty units, or $1,817.40. The nature of the offense will determine the fine issued ranging from 0.5 penalty units to 10 penalty units for companies and up to 2 penalty units for an individual.
A penalty unit is set annually by the Victorian Treasurer and is updated on the 1st of July every year and determines the amount a person is fined.
Worksafe inspectors can issue infringement notices on offenses including:
- Undertaking work without a required license, registration, qualification, experience, or supervision
- the use of equipment or substances that are not licensed or registered as required
- failing to meet various duties relating to the removal and storage of asbestos
- failure to keep various required records
What does this new infringement notice mean for you?
When assigning a person to a task you need to ensure they hold the appropriate license or qualification to perform that task. If they, don’t you must provide a suitably qualified person to directly oversee the task.
An example of this, if you have a qualified tradesperson and 2 apprentices working together only one of the apprentices can be carrying out a task that requires a qualification under the direct supervision of the fully qualified person.
We recently witnessed the process in action with our own team when a Worksafe officer called the qualified over for a conversation and the qualified team member did as they were asked but in doing so left a labourer continuing to work unsupervised.