In November 2001, the government introduced the Crimes (Workplace Deaths and Serious Injuries) Bill 2001. The Bill intended to make corporations criminally liable for serious injury and death in the workplace. The Bill was intended to cover both the private and the public sector. To ensure that this intention was given effect, the government asked the Commission to provide options for ensuring the law covered public sector entities.
The Commission’s final report was tabled in Parliament on 9 May 2002 and contained 38 recommendations.
In May 2002, pursuant to the Commission’s final report, the government introduced amendments to the Crimes (Workplace Deaths and Serious Injuries) Bill 2001 to ensure it applied to public sector entities.
The Bill was defeated in the Legislative Council in June 2002.