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History of MAQOHSC



In 1941, the Workers Compensation (Silicosis) Scheme (the Scheme) was introduced under the Worker's Compensation Amendment Act 1938. The Scheme was created to provide compensation for workers employed in specified industries and on processes involving exposure to silica dust.

Approximately 5,000 workers were registered with the Scheme when it was suspended in 1987 by the introduction of the First Schedule of the WRC Act. Although no new workers were registered and no further levies were collected from employers for registered workers since 1987, the Scheme could still be accessed by workers registered prior to that date.

Under transitional provisions of the WRC Act, funds collected by the Scheme were re-established as the Mining and Quarrying Industries Fund (the Fund). The Fund was divided into Part A, available to WorkCover Corporation to satisfy any claims arising under the Scheme, and Part B being invested by WorkCover Corporation, with the interest on this investment being available to promote safety in the Mining and Quarrying Industries. In 1988 the Mining and Quarrying Occupational Health and Safety Committee (MAQOHSC) was established.

MAQOHSC is a statutory, tripartite body established under the SA Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1986. It is appointed by the Minister for Industrial relations on behalf of the SA government. The Committee is, in the performance of its functions, subject to the control and direction of the Minister for Industrial Relations. The Work Health and Safety Act 2012 - Schedule 2, is the legislation that provides for MAQOHSC and guides the Committee in the performance of its duties and support it provides to the mining and quarrying industries. There are additional documents that guide the Committee and individuals.

The Committee strives to assist the industries in becoming safer workplaces by active engagement, encouraging research, training and education; and providing practical advice and services in the field to minimise loss, damage, injury and disease.

MAQOHSC WHS Specialists can provide practical support and assistance to your operation and are contactable at any time through the communications avenues listed in the "Contact Us" tab on this site.