The Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (WHS Act) introduces:
1. A new term, PCBU (“person conducting a business or undertaking”) expands the duty of care for work, health, and safety
to all persons who conduct a business or undertaking. The scope of this includes: public AND private companies; the
partners in a partnership; sole traders; and self-employed people. Similarly, these clauses embrace: government departments
and authorities; associations if they have one or more employees; local government councils; cooperatives; schools and
2. A new definition of “workers” includes employee, trainee, volunteer, apprentice, contractor or sub-contractor. The upshot
of these new definitions is that every person conducting a business or undertaking must fulfil its health and safety obligations to anyone who may be affected by its operations.