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Definition of safe and unsafe
'Safe' and 'unsafe' are defined terms and are not opposites. They are better understood as defined points on a spectrum of risk of harm or damage to property.Read more
If an investigation or audit made by us indicates that there is serious non-compliance, or there is a previous history of non-compliance, an infringement notice may be issued. This is accompanied by an infringement fee.Read more
Offences and prosecutions
We may prosecute rather than issue an infringement notice. This will usually happen when this is considered necessary for deterrent effect or when an infringement notice has not achieved correction of a non-compliance situation. This will be considered on a case by case basis.Read more
Prohibitions and urgent instructions
If it is determined that a serious safety risk is occurring or could occur, then a prohibition or an urgent instruction may be issued.Read more