Employees and workers

The definition of a ‘worker’ includes any person who carries out work for a ‘person conducting a business or undertaking’ (PCBU – the new term that includes employers).

This term ‘worker’ includes any person who works as an:

  • employee
  • trainee
  • volunteer
  • outworker
  • apprentice
  • work experience student
  • contractor or sub contractor
  • employees of a contractor or sub-contractor
  • employee of a labour hire company assigned to work for a PCBU.

Duties of a worker

A worker must, while at work:

  • take reasonable care for their own health and safety
  • take reasonable care for the health and safety of others
  • comply with any reasonable instruction by the PCBU
  • cooperate with any reasonable policies and procedures of the PCBU.