This model Code of Practice has been developed to provide practical guidance for persons conducting a business or undertaking on how to manage the health and safety risks associated with excavation work. This Code applies to all types of excavation work, including bulk excavations more than 1.5 metres deep, trenches, shafts and tunnels.
To have legal effect in a jurisdiction, the model Code of Practice must be approved as a code of practice in that jurisdiction. To determine if this model Code of Practice has been approved as a code of practice in a particular jurisdiction, check with the relevant regulator.
This Code has been revised and republished in March 2015. An amendments table advising the changes that have been made to this Code is included in the March 2015 version
The previous version is located on the Safe Work Australia historical versions page.
The Word version of this Code is accessible. The PDF version will be replaced with an accessible version as soon as is possible.
Type: Model Code of Practice
Publication Date: 27/03/2015