NSW Government WHS Management System Guidelines
5th Edition

NSW Government Work Health & Safety Management Systems (WHSMS) Guidelines (Edition 5)

The NSW Government WHSMS Guidelines set out the criteria for the minimum requirements of a Corporate WHS Management Systems, as required to undertake construction and infrastructure projects (for all contracts valued at $1million or more) for NSW Government agencies.

The Guidelines

The Guidelines have been developed to enable NSW Government agencies which undertake construction and infrastructure projects to work with the construction industry in a manner that:

  • Continually improves health and safety for all stakeholders
  • Provides a consistent minimum standard across all NSW construction and infrastructure projects
  • Facilitates a systematic approach to safety management
  • Improves planning and reduces accidents
  • Supports all stakeholders in demonstrating they are meeting their obligations under WHS legislation.


Some things you should know…

If your business is already Accredited (or working towards Accreditation) under the Australian Government Building and Construction OHS Accreditation Scheme (Office of the Federal Safety Commission), this is deemed to comply with the requirements of the NSW Government WHSMS Guidelines (Edition 5), and you don’t need this separate Certification to the Guidelines.

In December 2019, Edition 6 of the Guidelines was published. Read all about the updates here in our Blog.

What are the benefits of
these Guidelines for your business?

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A SAFER WORKPLACE

Systematic reduction or elimination of safety risks

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REDUCED COSTS

Less accidents or incidents means less downtime

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INCREASED PRODUCTIVITY & EFFICIENCY

Via improved planning

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GREATER COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE

Your Certification to the Guidelines could be the point of difference that wins you your next contract, improving the perception your marketplace has of your business

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WIDER MARKET POTENTIAL

Now that you qualify to tender for projects for NSW Government agencies with a contract value of $1million or more

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STAKEHOLDER CONFIDENCE

Certification requirements demonstrate workers are competent to conduct the tasks they’re performing and legal and regulatory requirements are being met and continually monitored

What types of businesses will benefit from Certification to the NSW Government WHSMS Guidelines?

The main reason for Certification to the NSW Government WHSMS Guidelines is to enable your business to tender for and work on construction and infrastructure projects, with a contract value of $1million or more, for NSW Government agencies.

A few examples of the types of businesses who’d be tendering to work on these projects are:

  • Construction
  • Demolition
  • General Waste Removal
  • Hazardous Waste Removal
  • Civil Construction
  • Traffic Control
  • Plumbing and Drainage
  • And more
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How the Certification Process Works

Firstly we’ll work with you to determine exactly which Standards and Certifications are right for the needs of your business, what you want to achieve out of the process, and identify any deadlines you need to achieve Certifications by. This is your chance to get all your questions answered!

For Certification to the Guidelines, a remote Documentation Review is conducted by one of our Certified Lead Auditors to ensure all required procedures are documented, along with some evidence of implementation. Upon successful completion of the Documentation Review, you will be issued with a Report and Certificate confirming your System’s conformance to the requirements of the NSW Government WHSMS Guidelines (5th Edition).

Once Certified: Certificates are valid for 3 years from the date of issue.

At the end of the three-year period: You’ll be required to update to the Edition 6 requirements. (You can read all about the Edition 6 updates here in our Blog).

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How We Can Help

Your personal Consultant gets to know you, your business, and what you need to achieve out of your systems and your Certifications.

We take care of the whole process for you, answer all your questions and adjust our services to suit your resources and your individual business needs. We’ll be there for you to coach you through the preparation, through the audits and ongoing.

We understand that every business is unique – we want this to be a meaningful and value-adding process for you.

Your next step

Call us now on 1300-614-007 to get started.

We’re happy to answer any questions you might have, or
provide an obligation-free consultation.