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Guide to Health and Safety Laws in Australia

Published by International SOS Foundation (2020). This publication outlines the Duty of Care that Australian employers must follow to ensure the health, safety, and security of the workforce. Responsibilities towards overseas business travellers are also highlighted in this whitepaper.

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Business travel is on the rise. The globalisation of business and competition is leading to more work in overseas locations. It is now the norm to see organisations, regardless of their scale, look across borders to create growth and competitiveness.

This publication intends to provide Australian employers with a resource outlining their duty of care for workplace health, safety, and security to overseas business travellers. Produced by the International SOS Foundation, it gives insight to the Australian Employer’s Duty of Care on Health and Safety in the Workplace (WHS).

We thank Herbert Smith Freehills for their advice on good practices in risk assessment for overseas work assignments and on the state of the law relating to workplace safety and health laws in Australia. This publication gives complementary legal and security perspectives; it provides regulatory and judicial context as well as practical mitigation steps from a security perspective.