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Good question! It's one of a raft of new terminologies in the new Work Health and Safety Act & Regulations which took effect on 1 January 2012 in New South Wales, Queensland, ACT and NT.
South Australia and Tasmania enacted their new Work Health & Safety Act & Regulations effective from 1 January 2013.
A "PCBU" is an acronym for a "person conducting a business or undertaking".How does this differ from an employer?
However, the regulations exclude a "person" from being a PCBU. A volunteer organisation without any paid employees such as a social club will not be a PCBU. Any payments for carrying out volunteer work would constitute a wage or salary and mean that the person is not a volunteer, but out of pocket expenses are not classified as wages.
You will need to consider and plan for and revise your health and safety management systems to make sure you cover your organisation and your workers.Tell A Friend