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Most WA awards require employers to provide pay slips to employees. It is good practice for all employers to issue pay slips, as they enable employees to be fully informed about what they are being paid. Employers should check what specific information the relevant WA award requires them to provide to employees. The Payslips Requirements page details the standard inclusions on a payslip and links...
Labour Relations
Alert
11 Feb 2016
The Public Holidays in Western Australia page has been updated to include the 2018 dates for most public holidays. The Queen’s Birthday public holiday for 2018 is yet to be proclaimed and the date for this public holiday will be published at a later date.
Labour Relations
Alert
02 Feb 2016
The state Metal Trades (General) Award has been amended to increase the tool allowance to $17.10 per week for tradespeople (with a proportionate increase for apprentices). Other allowances including meal allowance and the leading hand allowance have also been increased. The changes were effective as of the first pay period on or after 5 November 2015. The most common allowances are displayed in...
Labour Relations
Alert
15 Jan 2016
Many WA awards require employees to be paid a location allowance when working in certain regional towns. Visit the Location Allowance page for details on which WA awards have a location allowance requirement, which WA towns it applies to and the payment rates for location allowance.
Labour Relations
Alert
14 Dec 2015
The public holidays for the 2015-16 Christmas - New Year period are: Christmas Day, Friday 25 December 2015 Boxing Day, Saturday 26 December 2015/Monday 28 December 2015 New Year’s Day, Friday 1 January 2016 This year, Boxing Day falls on a Saturday. Under the Public and Bank Holidays Act , if Boxing Day falls on a Saturday, the next following Monday is also a public holiday. However, which day...
Labour Relations
Alert
25 Nov 2015
A 2.1% increase to the state minimum wage and all WA award pay rates was effective from the first pay period on or after 1 July 2015. The state minimum wage for award-free employees increased by $14 per week and the new adult minimum wage is $679.90 per week. Minimum rates for award-free juniors, apprentices and trainees are available on the Minimum pay rates for award free employees page. Wage...
Labour Relations
Alert
11 Jun 2015
The regional dates for the Queen’s Birthday public holiday for 2015 have now been finalised - visit the Regional dates for the Queen's Birthday public holiday page for details. In all other areas of WA the Queen’s Birthday public holiday is on Monday 28 September 2015.
Labour Relations
Alert
11 May 2015
Monday 1 June 2015 is the Western Australia day public holiday. Employers can check their public holiday obligations on the Pay rates for public holidays page, in the relevant WA award summary or by contacting Wageline .
Labour Relations
Alert
05 May 2015
A former Kalgoorlie business operator was yesterday fined $750 with $374 costs in the Industrial Magistrate's Court for failing to provide time and wages records to an industrial inspector. Ms Hikahe Grootjans, a partner in a business which formerly traded as Kaos Kafé in Kalgoorlie, failed to provide employment records, as required by State employment law, to an industrial inspector. The court...
Labour Relations
Media release
09 Apr 2015
Newman business owners are urged to be cautious when employing children aged less than 15 years during school holidays. The Labour Relations Division of the Department of Commerce is currently writing to Newman business operators and liaising with Newman Senior High School to ensure that employers, children and their parents are aware of the children in employment laws. Generally, under the...
Labour Relations
Media release
07 Apr 2015
Check your obligations for public holidays now! This year ANZAC Day, 25 April, falls on a Saturday, which means that employers and employees need to check what public holiday arrangements apply under the relevant WA award, particularly if the business trades on weekends and public holidays. Under the Public and Bank Holidays Act if ANZAC Day falls on a Saturday the next following Monday is also a...
Consumer Protection / Labour Relations
Alert
09 Mar 2015
MMG (WA) Pty Ltd, trading as the IGA supermarket in Jurien Bay, has been fined $2,250 in the Perth Industrial Magistrate’s Court for illegally employing an 11-year-old girl. The charge related to the employment of the child as a shop assistant in five shifts of work that were performed on weekend days during August 2014. Under the Children and Community Services Act 2004 , it is illegal for...
Labour Relations
Media release
15 Jan 2015
Labour Relations is now located at: Level 4 (Reception is on Level 5) The West Centre 1260 Hay Street West Perth View on Google Maps Wageline's phone number will remain 1300 655 266. Other contact details: Tel: (+618) 6251 2100 Fax: (+618) 6251 2803 Email: labourrelations@commerce.wa.gov.au
Labour Relations / Corporate
Department News
26 Sep 2014
Monday 29 September is the Queen's Birthday public holiday in Perth and most of regional Western Australia. Employers should check the public holiday arrangements in any relevant WA award to ensure that employees are paid correctly when working on a public holiday. Check Wageline's award summaries or contact Wageline for information.
Labour Relations
Alert
09 Sep 2014
As of today, the Western Australian state minimum wage has increased by $20.00 to $665.90 per week for full time adult employees. All State award minimum rates have also increased. Don’t get caught out paying incorrect rates of pay! Contact Wageline today and we will email you the award summary for your industry, containing pay rates and other useful information. The updated rates are on the WA...
Labour Relations
Alert
01 Jul 2014
The WA Industrial Relations Commission has granted a $20 per week increase to the State minimum wage and pay rates under WA awards. The increase is effective from the first pay period on or after 1 July 2014. Wageline is currently updating the WA award summaries with the new rates of pay, and these will be published shortly. To be notified of changes in your award, subscribe to Wageline's Award...
Labour Relations
Alert
23 Jun 2014
Wageline is urging small business employers who operate as sole traders or partnerships to check whether they are paying their staff correctly this week. Earlier in the year, the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission announced increases to the state minimum wage and state award pay rates, effective from July 1. July 3 is being dubbed “Check your Pay Day” by the Department of Commerce...
Labour Relations
Media release
02 Jul 2013
Kentucky Fried Chicken Pty Ltd - trading as KFC - was fined $30,000 in the Perth Industrial Magistrates Court yesterday for illegally employing a total of 16 children at its Ellenbrook, Forrestfield and Rockingham outlets. The fine was the result of 16 charges under the Children and Community Service Act 2004 (the Act) of unlawfully employing children aged less than 15 years. The charges arose...
Labour Relations
Media release
20 Dec 2012
The Department of Commerce has identified that a number of Kimberley employers are failing to pay their staff appropriate rates for location allowance and in some circumstances failing to pay the allowance at all. Labour Relations Broome Regional Inspector and Education Officer, Ms Margaret Lockyer, said that although the vast majority of employers were trying to pay their employees correctly,...
Labour Relations
Media release
25 Jul 2011
The Department of Commerce has appointed its first senior industrial inspector and education officer to operate out of its Broome office. Ms Margaret Lockyer, an experienced labour relations officer, will provide compliance and education services to employers and employees in Broome and throughout the Kimberley. Compliance and Education Director Joseph Lee said: “We are very pleased to be...
Labour Relations
Media release
18 May 2011
The Department of Commerce has appointed a new senior industrial inspector and education officer to operate out of its Bunbury office. Mr Brian Ravenscroft, an experienced labour relations officer, will provide compliance and education services to employers and employees in Bunbury and throughout the South West Region. Compliance and Education Director Joseph Lee said: "We are very pleased to...
Labour Relations
Media release
18 May 2011
The State Government has referred allegations about pay and conditions on a ship docked at Fremantle to the Perth office of the Fair Work Ombudsman, a federal authority, as this matter falls within the federal industrial relations jurisdiction. It is understood that the Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced investigations into these allegations. Media Contact: Joseph Lee 9222 7751
Labour Relations
Media release
25 Feb 2011

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