Understanding Industrial Manslaughter - Online Information Session

Understanding Industrial Manslaughter - Online Information Session

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This information session is design to help businesses understand the industrial manslaughter laws that have commenced in the Territory.

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The potential of introducing industrial manslaughter remains a hot work health and safety topic in Australia despite a some jurisdictions already passing legislation and introducing the offence. Unlike the harmonised work health and safety laws, the industrial manslaughter offence is not harmonised, with differences between each state and territory. Industrial manslaughter became an offence under the Northern Territory’s work health and safety laws on 1 February 2020.

This information session will cover:

  • The current national situation and why the Northern Territory adopted the industrial manslaughter offence.
  • What constitutes industrial manslaughter, who is captured and what are the penalties.
  • The difference between manslaughter under the criminal code and industrial manslaughter.
  • The work health and safety offences.
  • Which duties, if breached, could attract an industrial manslaughter charge.
  • Scenario.


Chris Wicks, Director of Regulatory Reform - NT WorkSafe.

Chris’s core role in NT WorkSafe is to ensure that all relevant legislation and legislative policy administered by the agency meets the needs of the government and stakeholders. Chris also represents the Territory on a number of national forums related to work health and safety. Chris was involved in development and implementation of the industrial manslaughter offence into Territory laws.

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