Legislation

Legislation is created by parliament. Therefore two sources of legislation can impact on your workplace responsibilities. They are the Commonwealth Parliament (federal laws) and the Queensland Parliament (state laws).

Legislation passed by Commonwealth and state parliaments law becomes an example of Queensland law that generates workplace responsibilities is the Workplace Health and Safety Act 1995 (Qld). Examples of Commonwealth legislation that have an impact on our workplace responsibilities and obligations are the Privacy Act 1988 (Cwth), and the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cwth).

Regulations
Regulations are the rules, orders and by-laws created by subordinate bodies identified within legislation to administer the Act. Regulations can be made and altered quickly by those who have the time, expertise and local knowledge necessary to make such enactments. Local council regulations, State lottery laws and some traffic regulations are examples of delegated/subordinate regulations.

Policy, procedures and guidelines
Legislation and regulations are often incorporated into policy, procedures and guidelines which assist you in meeting your legal responsibilities and obligations. Policies, procedures and guidelines, whilst they are often based on law, are not classified as law.

Last modified: Tuesday, 10 September 2013, 11:51 AM