Priority Infringement Notice Offences (On-the-Spot Fines)
The Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement Policy was developed in response to the 2017 Best Practice Review of Workplace Health and Safety Queensland.
The policy explains how Workplace Health and Safety Queensland uses regulatory enforcement measures, including infringement notices (on-the-spot fines), to ensure duty holders are meeting their legislative duties to keep people safe from harm.
There are 240 infringement notice offences for contraventions of work health and safety and electrical safety legislation. Fines range from $144 to $720 for individuals, and $720 to $3,600 for a business.
A smaller number of infringeable offences have been identified as priority areas for enforcement. An inspector will place additional focus on these areas and if they identify a contravention of one of these provisions, will issue an infringement notice. These priorities will change periodically to reflect current and emerging risks.
The priority areas do not prevent an inspector from issuing an infringement notice for an infringeable offence not identified as a priority. Inspectors may issue an infringement notice for any infringement notice offence.