Health and Safety

There is no issue more important to this Union than the health and safety of our members. It is something we will  never compromise on.

We hear a lot about coal prices and the value of the coal mining industry to the Australian economy in the news. But the real price of coal is human - that is, the approximately 4,000 Australians who have lost their lives working for coal.

From the very beginning, this union has lobbied for and achieved laws which protect workers in the coal mining and energy industries. We make no apology for our militant approach to health and safety.

Australian health and safety law is state based rather than federal. In some states we have statutory rights for union elected health and safety officers.

Because of the dynamic and complex nature of Health and Safety legislation and regulation, this website cannot cover the area in depth. What we offer are links to state legislation and the government departments responsible for OHS.

Safety Zone

Visit the Safety Zone to read recently published news, articles and alerts about health and safety in mining and energy.

Legislation and Regulation

Australian health and safety laws vary from state to state. If you want to look at specific legislation, follow these links:


For OHS information from state and commonwealth government departments, follow these links:

NSW  QLD  SA  TAS  VIC  WA  National

Mine Safety Advisory CouncilNSW Mine Safety Advisory Council

Unions, industry and government are working together towards world leading health and safety for the NSW mining industry. Visit the NSW MSAC website.

District Information

All of our District offices have specialist health and safety information and officers available to assist you. Please contact your District.