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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
Payment disputes 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...
Subcontractors guide to payment disputes
An adjudicator’s determination is binding on the parties and appeal rights are very limited. The Act provides a right to apply to the State Administrative Tribunal only where the adjudicator dismissed the application for adjudication without making a determination of the dispute. The adjudicator...
Subcontractors guide to payment disputes
If the adjudicator has made a determination and payment has not been received within the time specified, then there are two steps that should be taken. The first step is to suspend works on the construction project. Under the Act, a contractor may give notice to the head contractor (or principal)...
Subcontractors guide to payment disputes

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In 2014, the former Western Australian Government released a version of the model Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws (known as the “Green Bill” ) for public comment. 50 submissions were received...
WorkSafe
Information
31 Oct 2017
Industry profiles contains statistical information that relates specifically to Western Australian workplaces, categorised by industry.
WorkSafe
Statistics
14 Nov 2017
On 15 November 2016 Ali Burston and Frank Pansini presented at the WorkSafe and RiskCover Forum. This forum included: case study presentations from guest speakers; WorkSafe WA presenting the results...
WorkSafe
Information
29 Nov 2017
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
01 Nov 2017
In May 2017 p resenters from both WorkSafe and the Health Department delivered an information session on asbestos health risks, the relevant legislation, and some common issues that arise in relation...
WorkSafe
Information
23 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
11 Dec 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

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The Australia Day public holiday is Friday, 26 January 2018. Employers should know their obligations for this public holiday, including public holiday rates of pay. Information about employer obligations and rates of pay on public holidays for award free employees is available on the Pay rates for public holidays page . Information about employer obligations and rates of pay on public holidays...
Labour Relations
Department News
22 Jan 2018
This year the Department is continuing to conduct the proactive compliance campaign about the employment of children in the fast food industry. In 2017 the campaign was aimed at fast food businesses in the Perth metropolitan and regional areas to educate employers about the employment of children laws under the Children and Community Services Act 2004 . The Department is now targeting chain...
Labour Relations
Department News
17 Jan 2018
WorkSafe is conducting a proactive inspection program to look for the presence of asbestos in plant and machinery. The program will look at a wide range of imported plant, from rail carriages to quad bikes and many other types of machinery to see if they contain any asbestos. WorkSafe Director Sally North said today asbestos had recently been found in the friction plates of rail carriages...
WorkSafe
Media release
12 Jan 2018
Determining whether a worker is a subcontractor or employee can be complex. It is important to get this right because it can be costly for a business if you get it wrong. A subcontractor is not an employee, but rather a worker running their own independent business. This means they have control over the fees they charge, their own working hours, and they can perform work for more than one...
Labour Relations
Department News
09 Jan 2018
As of January 1 2018, for the period to March 31 2018, the State has a new WorkSafe WA Commissioner. Ian Munns has commenced in the position after previous Commissioner Lex McCulloch retired from the Public Service at the end of 2017. Mr Munns also holds the title of A/Deputy Director General, Safety Regulation. He moves into the role from his previous role as A/Executive Director, Building...
WorkSafe
Department News
08 Jan 2018
The public holiday dates have been released for the year 2020. The Public holidays in Western Australia page has been updated to include these dates. For the dates of previous years public holidays visit the Previous years public holiday dates page .
Labour Relations
Department News
02 Jan 2018
Employers have been reminded to ensure they are aware of all the special rules that apply when employing young people during the school holidays. Director of Labour Relations Private Sector Lorraine Field said today it was crucial that potential employers of young people understood the restrictions that are in place. “The Christmas holidays are the perfect time for teenagers to earn some money,”...
Labour Relations
Media release
18 Dec 2017
WA’s Commission for Occupational Safety and Health has released a new online kit to help workplaces prevent slips and trips and meet their responsibilities under workplace safety legislation. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch warned today that almost a quarter (23.5 per cent) of all lost time injuries suffered each year were caused by slips and trips. “The number of slips and trips that...
WorkSafe
Media release
14 Dec 2017
Western Australians have been encouraged to ensure their Christmas lights are approved, safe and in good working order this holiday season. Acting Director of Energy Safety Saj Khan today advised consumers to check their Christmas lights before use to ensure they were safe and being used correctly. “Decorating with Christmas tree and fairy lights is a common tradition during the festive season...
EnergySafety
Media release
13 Dec 2017
WorkSafe will conduct a proactive inspection program to look at safety standards in some specific WA store-based retail outlets. The program will continue throughout the remainder of the 2017/18 financial year, and will focus on various retail workplaces including firewood suppliers, musical instrument stores, pharmacies and selected franchise retail outlets throughout WA. Acting WorkSafe...
WorkSafe
Media release
01 Dec 2017

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