WHS entry permit holders

Unions may apply to have one or more of their officials granted a work health and safety entry permit (WHS entry permit). This permit allows union entry into workplaces for specified purposes.

A WHS entry permit holder may enter a workplace if the permit holder reasonably suspects a contravention that relates to a relevant worker to:

  • enquire into a suspected contravention; and,
  • inspect employee records or other documents that are directly relevant to the suspected contravention.

A WHS entry permit holder is also permitted to enter a workplace to consult and advise relevant workers on work health and safety matters.

Your obligations

In order to exercise a right of entry to a workplace a workplace health and safety entry permit holder (EPH) must:

  • hold a current WHS entry permit issued by WorkSafe ACT;
  • hold an entry permit under the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cwlth);
  • only attempt to enter during the usual working hours at the workplace;
  • not enter any part of a workplace that is used only for residential purposes; and
  • give notice of entry as required.

When at a workplace an EPH must:

  • produce their WHS entry permit and photographic identification if requested;
  • comply with any reasonable request by the relevant person conducting a business or undertaking, or the person with management or control of the workplace, to comply with:
    • any work health and safety requirement that applies to any visitor to the workplace (eg site induction, requirement for specific PPE); and,
    • any other legislated requirement that applies to visitors to that type of workplace.
  • not contravene a condition imposed on their WHS entry permit; and,
  • not intentionally and unreasonably:
    • delay, hinder or obstruct any person; or,
    • disrupt any work at the workplace.
  • otherwise not act in an improper manner (eg where an EPH seeks to enter the workplace without prior notification to consult with relevant workers).

Where an EPH enters a workplace to inquire into a suspected contravention, or to consult and advise relevant workers, they may only visit the area where the relevant workers work, or other work areas that directly affect the health or safety of those workers.

Note

  • The identity of the relevant person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU) and the person with management or control of the workplace will depend on the purpose for which the EPH is entering the workplace.
  • An EPH is not required to disclose the name of any worker at the workplace to the relevant PCBU or the person with management or control of the workplace, and if the EPH wishes to disclose the name of any worker they may only do so with the consent of that worker.

Current permit holders

All union officials who wish to exercise a right to enter a site must hold a valid federal entry permit issued under the Fair Work Act 2009.

A list of current union officials who do not hold a valid federal entry permit is available on the Fair Work Building and Construction website.

Permit Number Permit holder Surname Permit holder Given Names Union Name Permit Issue Date Permit Expiry Date
ACT-0002 Hardy Cameron David CFMMEU - Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union 28/02/2020 06/02/2023
ACT-0005 Jason O'Mara Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining & Energy Union 17/04/2019 17/04/2022
ACT-0008 White Lorenzo Valentino CFMEU - Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union 15/02/2018 07/12/2020
ACT-0035 McCann Matthew Alan CEPU - Communications, Electrical, Electronic, Energy, Information, Postal, Plumbing and Allied Services Union of Australia 23/03/2020 25/11/2022
ACT-0050 Bolitho Joshua Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining & Energy Union 13/12/2019 13/12/2022
ACT-0057 Burke Christopher Ian CFMMEU - Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union 21/05/2018 03/05/2021
ACT-0058 Fischer Thomas Edward CFMMEU - Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union 21/05/2021 11/04/2021
ACT-0060 Hiscox Michael John Robert CFMMEU - Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union 16/10/2018 14/09/2021
ACT-0061 Samartzopoulos Theodoros CEPU - Communications, Electrical, Electronic, Energy, Information, Postal, Plumbing and Allied Services Union of Australia 01/11/2018 15/10/2021
ACT-0063 Crockett Steven AWU - Australian Workers Union 07/02/2019 11/10/2021
ACT-0065 Tsiakoulas Constantinos CEPU - Communications, Electrical, Electronic, Energy, Information, Postal, Plumbing and Allied Services Union of Australia 18/02/2019 15/10/2021
ACT-0066 Poskus Luke Raymond Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining & Energy Union 08/04/2019 15/02/2022
ACT-0068 Falkenburg Bradley Michael CEPU - Communications, Electrical, Electronic, Energy, Information, Postal, Plumbing and Allied Services Union of Australia 31/07/2019 13/06/2022
ACT-0069 Ryan Lyndal United Voice 22/08/2019 15/05/2021
ACT-0070 Darnton-Turner James CEPU - Communications, Electrical, Electronic, Energy, Information, Postal, Plumbing and Allied Services Union of Australia 19/09/2019 04/09/2022
ACT-0073 Windsor Brian CEPU - Communications, Electrical, Electronic, Energy, Information, Postal, Plumbing and Allied Services Union of Australia 13/12/2019 13/12/2022
ACT-0077 Blackbourn Francis Mary CPSU - Community and Public Section Union 02/09/2020 27/09/2022
ACT-0075 Piggott Jordan CPSU - Community and Public Section Union 01/09/2020 24/12/2022
ACT-0076 Whiteside Thomas UWU - United Workers Union 02/09/2020 01/10/2021

Table updated on 19 September 2019

Forms and fees

Fees current from 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021.

Application type Application fee
Work health and safety entry permit application (Online) $99 per permit
Construction and workplace licensing application for a replacement card (Online) $51

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