` Toowoomba Region

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The Work, Health & Safety Act 2012

The harmonised legislation came into law on 1st January, 2012

Key elements of the act include:

  • Primary duty of care responsibilities requiring persons conducting a business or undertaking to, so far as reasonably practicable, ensure the health & safety of workers and others who may be affected by the carrying out of work
  • Duty of care for persons who influence the way work is carried out, as well as the integrity of products used for work.
  • A requirement that ‘officers ‘ exercise due diligence to ensure compliance
  • Consultation, representation and participation provisions
  • Workplace entry by WHS entry permit holders
  • Download the presentation: www.aoq.org.au/PDF/Widanagamage2012.pdf

Toowoomba is the capital of the Darling Down Region.

With a population of over 90,000 people, Toowoomba is Australia's largest inland regional city and is the commercial and economic hub of the Darling Downs, thereby serving a population in excess of 250,000 people.

Major industries include manufacturing, wholesale, agriculture and with more than 23 private schools, a technical college, and university, Toowoomba can be considered a major educational centre.

Toowoomba's origin dates back to 1827 when Allan Cunningham, an English explorer discovered a vast expanse of rich farming land which he named the 'Darling Downs' after then Governor of New South Wales, Sir Ralph Darling.

One of the first settlements on the Downs, 'The Springs', to be renamed Drayton soon thereafter was established in 1842. Over the next decade Drayton would grow to become well established, but a drought in 1850 saw many re-settle a few miles to the north-east to an area that was seldom visited.

It is also the hub for an active business improvement networking group.

Training and Networking available. Contact 07 3816 2255, or 041 977 2926 or <toowoomba@aoq.org.au>

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