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.
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.
- 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-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
|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|
- Declaration by union delegate to nominate a union official to hold a WHS entry permit (DOC 379KB) or (PDF 330KB)
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