What are Acts?

Acts are the framework for the protection of the health, safety and welfare of all those at work. They outline your broad responsibilities.

The Hierarchy of Legislation for working at heights includes Regulations which set out the specific requirements relating to particular hazards within the workplace. Some of these could be risks such as noise, machinery, manual handling and working at height.

Also within this hierarchy falls Codes of Practice and Australian Standards.

Codes of Practice give practical information on how you can meet the requirements of Acts and Regulations.

Australian Standards are guidelines to ensure the safety, performance and reliability of goods, services and systems. Standards set out specifications needed to make these goods, services and systems conform.

Hierarchy for Legislation for Working at Heights


Since 2012, all states except for Victoria and Western Australia are covered by the Work Health and Safety (WHS) Act.

Victoria is covered by the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act 2004 and Western Australia is covered by Occupational Safety & Health (OSH) Act 1984. These two states did not adopt the initiative to harmonise OH & S laws.

However, essentially OHS & WHS share the same meaning and it is acknowledged each of these Acts are not significantly different, the notable difference being more clarification detailed in some sections of the Work Health and Safety (WHS) Act.

As our products are installed Australia wide in most cases we refer to the WHS Act to ensure full compliance.

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Not sure if your and your buildings are meeting industry requirements? Take a Height Safety Risk Calculator now.

Go to our Industry Information Links & Downloads page for links to vital documents.

For more information on the difference between codes of practice and other guidance material go to Safe Work Australia's document Codes of Practice and Guidance Material Information Sheet.

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