Last updated May 2023
This chapter explains what health and safety duties workers have and how you can help workers comply with them.
Who is a worker under health and safety legislation?
Under the WHS Act, a worker is defined as a person who carries out work in any capacity for a person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU). This includes:
- an employee of the PCBU;
- a contractor or subcontractor;
- an employee of the contractor or subcontractor;
- an employee of a labour hire company who has been assigned to work for the PCBU;
- an apprentice or trainee;
- an outworker;
- a person gaining work experience; or
- a volunteer.
An employee is defined under the OHS Act in Victoria as a person employed under a contract of employment or training.