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The five winners of the prestigious 2017 Work Safety Awards Western Australia were announced this at the Work Safety Awards Breakfast held on 6 October 2017. The awards recognise outstanding OSH management, solutions and innovation in Western Australian workplaces. There are six categories for the...
Work Safety Awards
The State Government is undertaking a Ministerial Review of the State industrial relations system to ensure that the system is contemporary, fair and accessible. Media statement The Minister for Commerce and Industrial Relations issued a media statement on 22 September 2017 which is available on...
WA's industrial relations system
During July 2017, the Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Commerce and Industrial Relations, the Hon Bill Johnston MLA, sought to establish a Ministerial Advisory Panel (MAP) on Work Health and Safety (WHS) Reform. The Panel is being formed to advise on the development of a single harmonised and...
Work health and safety legislation reform
On Wednesday 12 July the Government announced the development of a modernised Work Health and Safety Bill for Western Australia which is based on the national Work Health and Safety Act. This Bill will replace three acts, the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 , Mines Safety and Inspection Act...
Work health and safety legislation reform
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The awards recognise outstanding OSH management, solutions and innovation in Western Australian workplaces and are now open for submissions. WorkSafe strongly encourages you to submit an entry for a worthy individual, solution or organisation and would appreciate you informing your colleagues and...
Work Safety Awards
David Hillyard was appointed as Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection in December 2015. Prior to this, he was the Director of Consumer Protection’s Retail and Services Directorate. David has worked with Consumer Protection for over 35 years and has been in senior management roles where most...
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The Children and Community Services Act 2004 regulates the employment of children under the age of 15 years in Western Australia. T hese child employment laws apply to all Western Australian employers. This includes employers covered by the state industrial relations system and WA awards and...
When children can work
In December 2016 and January 2017, the Building Commission ran free information sessions for building and construction industry participants relating to the amendments to the Construction Contracts Act 2004 . Key changes began to come into effect from 15 December 2016 with the aim of creating...
Changes and reforms to the Construction Contracts Act
Am I a subcontractor or an employee? An employee is paid according to a relevant award or contract and is supplied with the material and equipment required to do the work. A subcontractor is paid through invoices based on results achieved and will supply their own material and equipment to...
Subcontractors guide to payment disputes

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If there is bullying or conflict at your workplace, use the following four step process. Remember support is always available eg talk to a friend, your doctor or an counseller, or an advocate. Step 1...
WorkSafe
Information
18 Oct 2017
This occupational safety and health (OSH) newsletter has been developed to provide information and assistance to employers, self-employed persons, persons having control of workplaces and employees...
WorkSafe
Checklist
06 Oct 2017
Wageline's making a complaint process - an employee's guide fact sheet provides a publication format version of the information on the Making a complaint about underpayment of wages and entitlements...
Labour Relations
Fact sheet
15 Sep 2017
Wageline's making a complaint process fact sheet provides a publication format version of the information on the Making a complaint about underpayment of wages and entitlements page of this website...
Labour Relations
Fact sheet
05 Oct 2017
This page provides a PDF version of the latest editions of the Wageline Newsletter. Wageline Newsletter is an email service which updates you on: increases to the state minimum wage and WA award...
Labour Relations
Newsletter
06 Sep 2017
Slips & trips are a serious issue in most workplaces and account for approximately 23.5% of all lost time injuries every year. Use the practical guide, toolbox talk and posters to assist you in...
WorkSafe
Information
24 Aug 2017
Wageline's employee or subcontractor fact sheet provides a publication format version of the information on the Employee or subcontractor page of this website for ease of printing.
Labour Relations
Fact sheet
07 Aug 2017
At the time the model Work Health and Safety (WHS) Regulations were developed a national Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) was developed by Safe Work Australia. An examination of that RIS showed that...
WorkSafe
Information
12 Jul 2017
WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch today (16/12/2015) provided information on the current status of the consultation process and development of the Work Health and safety (WHS) laws. “In August...
WorkSafe
Information
12 Jul 2017
EnergySafety and WorkSafe are calling for public comment on proposals to amend the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996 and the Electricity (Licensing) Regulations 1991 to prohibit work on...
WorkSafe
Information
12 Jul 2017

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WorkSafe has begun a proactive inspection program looking at safety issues with cleaners in WA schools. The inspection program will involve inspectors visiting government and non-government primary and secondary schools in Perth and regional areas of the State throughout the remainder of the 2017/18 financial year. WorkSafe Acting Director Sally North said today the inspection program had been...
WorkSafe
Media release
12 Oct 2017
A common question Wageline is asked by both employers and employees is 'which WA award applies?' WA awards are legal documents that cover many businesses and employees in the state industrial relations system and these awards set the minimum pay rates and entitlements for an industry or occupation. Knowing which award covers a particular industry or occupation can sometimes be complex. Wageline...
Labour Relations
Department News
11 Oct 2017
The five winners of the prestigious 2017 Work Safety Awards Western Australia were announced this morning. RAC WA, Fremantle Commercial Diving and The Lifting Company, Kimberley Ports Authority, City of Cockburn and Alison Marais are the winners of the Award categories. DMIRS Acting Deputy Director General Safety Simon Ridge said this morning the five winners were examples of the many excellent...
WorkSafe
Media release
06 Oct 2017
Business owners and business advisors need to be aware that all employers must comply with Western Australia's laws on employment of children. The Children and Community Services Act 2004 regulates where, when, and at what age children can be employed. In most industries, children under 15 cannot be employed unless they are working in a family business run by a relative or in a not for profit...
Labour Relations
Department News
02 Oct 2017
Wageline often receives calls about the requirements for paying out annual leave when an employee resigns or is terminated. Under the Minimum Conditions of Employment Act 1993 employees who leave their employment lawfully, or who are dismissed by the employer through no fault of their own, must receive payment for all annual leave (including pro rata annual leave) on termination. Under this Act,...
Labour Relations
Department News
28 Sep 2017
A grain cooperative has been fined $37,500 (and ordered to pay $3577 in costs) over insufficient guarding on machinery that lead to a worker sustaining a serious hand injury. Cooperative Bulk Handling Ltd (CBH) pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe work environment and, by that failure, causing serious harm to an employee, and was fined in the Southern Cross Magistrates Court...
WorkSafe
Media release
26 Sep 2017
Monday 25 September is the Queen's Birthday public holiday in Perth and most of regional Western Australia. Employers in the state industrial relations system can check their employment obligations for this public holiday on the Pay rates for public holidays page or contact Wageline for more information.
Labour Relations
Department News
20 Sep 2017
The Wageline Newsletter September edition has been published. This edition features information about the Perth Royal Show and the information employers need to know when employing temporary staff for this event. Wageline Newsletter is an email service which provides updates on: increase to state minimum wage and WA award rates of pay other changes to key WA awards critical issues employers need...
Labour Relations
Department News
12 Sep 2017
A roofing company has been fined $70,000 (and ordered to pay costs of $1369) after a labourer was seriously injured in a fall through a skylight. Round Table Roofing Pty Ltd pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe work environment and, by that failure, causing serious harm to a person, and was fined in the Fremantle Magistrates Court yesterday. In September 2015, Round Table...
WorkSafe
Media release
05 Sep 2017
The Perth Royal Show is fast approaching and each year the Show provides employment opportunities for many people in a wide range of jobs. Business owners who want to employ children at the Perth Royal Show must abide by the provisions of the Children and Community Services Act 2004 which regulates where, when and at what age children can be employed. These laws apply to children in all...
Labour Relations
Department News
04 Sep 2017

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