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NT executives can face life imprisonment under new industrial manslaughter laws

The NT government has said it will introduce industrial manslaughter laws in the state within one year.

Under these new laws, company officers found guilty of conduct that negligently or recklessly causes the death of a worker can face a maximum penalty of life imprisonment, while body corporates involved in the same offence can be fined up to $10 million.

The NT government has said it will introduce industrial manslaughter laws in the state within one year.

Under these new laws, company officers found guilty of conduct that negligently or recklessly causes the death of a worker can face a maximum penalty of life imprisonment, while body corporates involved in the same offence can be fined up to $10 million.

Following an independent review of the territory’s workplace health and safety laws, the NT government has supported, or in-principle supported, 23 of the review’s 27 recommendations.

The author of the review, former ACTU Assistant Secretary Tim Lyons, said that Territorians face far higher workplace death rates than any other Australian jurisdiction.

“Recommendations such as improving the visibility and performance of NT WorkSafe and the deterrent effects of introducing industrial manslaughter legislation are important steps towards dealing with this situation,” he said.

NT Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Natasha Fyles said in a media release that the NT government will implement a number of the supported recommendations within one to five years, including:

The NT government’s response to the work health and safety law review can be viewed here.

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