An enforceable undertaking (EU) operates as an alternative to a prosecution for an alleged contravention of the Work Health and Safety Act 2012.
An EU is a written, legally binding commitment to implement effective work health and safety initiatives. These initiatives are designed to deliver tangible benefits for workers, industry, and the community as a whole and to resolve the issue that led to the EU.
Accepting an EU
SafeWork SA is the regulator for the purposes of the Work Health and Safety Act 2012 (SA).
Only the regulator can accept an enforceable undertaking. An EU will only be accepted if it demonstrates:
- benefits to the workplace
- benefits to their industry, and
- benefits to the community.
An EU does not constitute an admission of guilt by the person giving an undertaking in relation to the contravention.
University of Adelaide
Solar Eggs Farms
Government of South Australia: Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure
- Enforceable undertaking
- Safety update for cool rooms and controlled environments educational video (YouTube video)
Leed Engineering and Construction
- Enforceable undertaking - Callan MacGillivray
- Enforceable undertaking - Jarred MacGillivray
- Reasons for decision
Scout Association of Australia (South Australia Branch)
Structurally Sound Engineering
Adelaide Resources Recovery
When an EU cannot be accepted
An enforceable undertaking cannot be accepted for a contravention or alleged contravention of a Category 1 offence.
- the person has a health and safety duty, and
- the person, without reasonable excuse, engages in conduct that exposes an individual to whom that duty is owed to a risk of death or serious injury or illness, and
- the person was reckless as to the risk of death or serious injury or illness.
If you wish to find out more information regarding the EU process, speak to one of our advisors. You can arrange a meeting by contacting us on 1300 365 255. All communication to our advisory service is confidential and on a without prejudice basis.
You may also find the Solar Eggs Farms EU case study informative.
Requesting an EU
If you would like to submit a proposal for an EU, please read our Guidelines for the acceptance of enforceable undertakings.
An application template is also available to guide you through the process.