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In November 2018, Private Sector Labour Relations started running a campaign to educate nail salon businesses about their employment obligations. This was initiated after a compliance audit earlier in 2018 found that a large proportion of nail and beauty businesses were not paying their employees...
Proactive compliance campaigns
The Private Sector Labour Relations Division undertakes regular proactive compliance campaigns to ensure compliance with state employment laws. Information about current and recent campaigns is provided below. Employment of children in takeaway food businesses - April 2019 The takeaway food...
Proactive compliance campaigns
Sick leave and carer's leave accrues on a weekly basis and can be calculated based on how many weeks an employee has worked: a full time employee accrues 1.461 hours of sick leave for each completed week of work (based on the standard 38 hour week) a part time employee will accrue the relevant...
Sick and carer's leave
Annual leave accrues on a weekly basis and you can calculate how much annual leave an employee has accrued based on how many weeks they have worked - a full time employee accrues 2.923 hours of annual leave for each completed week of work (based on the standard 38 hour week) a part time employee...
Annual leave
WorkSafe would like to congratulate the winners and finalists of the 2018 Work Safety Awards Western Australia. These awards recognise outstanding OSH management, solutions and innovation in Western Australian workplaces. This year our finalist and winners have not only demonstrated their strong...
Work Safety Awards
For the purposes of the information provided below, “mutual recognition” refers to the ability of a person who is registered in connection with an occupation in a State, Territory or New Zealand to carry on an equivalent occupation in Western Australia, subject to the provisions of the Mutual...
Occupational licensing
Legal actions and related activities summarises enforcement actions undertaken by WorkSafe under the occupational safety and health legislation. Traditionally this information has been published as part of the department’s Annual Report . Background The Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 (OSH...
Enforcement outcomes
The two-month public consultation period for the modernisation of Western Australia’s Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws ended on 31 August 2018. A total of 66 submissions provided a range of views on WHS topics. Of the 66 submissions, 17 were requested to be kept confidential. Submissions that were...
Work health and safety legislation reform
The Children and Community Services Act 2004 (CCS Act) prohibits children under 15 working in horse riding schools and equestrian centres. These child employment laws apply to all Western Australian employers. If you run or manage a business that is a horse riding or equestrian centre you need to...
When children can work
Industrial Inspectors in the Private Sector Labour Relations Division assisted Western Australian workers recover a total of $458,290 in unpaid wages and entitlements in the last financial year. This amount included nearly $300,000 in unpaid long service leave and $137,000 in wages and other...
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In March 2019, a truck mounted concrete pump with boom (TMCPWB) collapsed on to an operator. The injured person had his leg pinned by the boom, causing leg injuries. Possible contributing factors in...
WorkSafe
Alert
18 Mar 2019
18 March 2019 Easter and ANZAC Day public holidays 2019 The Easter period is rapidly approaching. If you are working or employing during this period, it is important to understand public holiday...
Labour Relations
Bulletin
18 Mar 2019
The Construction Industry Safety Advisory Committee (CISAC), a tripartite committee of the Western Australian Commission for Occupational Safety and Health, has been made aware of alleged non-...
WorkSafe
Bulletin
08 Mar 2019
The Private Sector Labour Relations Division (Labour Relations) of the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (the Department) has a number of functions, including the provision of...
Labour Relations
Policies
14 Feb 2019
The department's annual report for 2017-2018 presents information on its statutory compliance, financial, non-financial and operational performance, in accordance with the requirements of the...
Corporate
Reports
19 Dec 2018
The following checklist is a step-by-step approach designed to be used when employees are located at a new workstation or whenever their tasks change. When setting up the position of this furniture...
WorkSafe
Guide / handbook
13 Dec 2018
People who work in the field of home and community health care face unique challenges in managing work health and safety. An increased demand for services that allow people to stay in their own homes...
WorkSafe
Checklist
13 Dec 2018
Research in Australia and overseas has found that workers fabricating benchtops from stone can be exposed to levels of respirable crystalline silica (RCS) which are hazardous to their health. The...
WorkSafe
Guidance note
12 Dec 2018
10 December 2018 Wageline Newsletter provides information for employers in the state industrial relations system. For information on what types of businesses are covered by the state system, visit...
Labour Relations
Bulletin
10 Dec 2018
Tremolite asbestos has been identified in the ceramic centre of some Bunsen burner gauze mats in New Zealand and the UK, and preliminary testing has indicated that this may be an issue in gauze mats...
WorkSafe
Alert
06 Dec 2018

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Some regional areas in Western Australia hold the Queen's Birthday public holiday on different dates. The dates for 2019 are now available on the Regional dates for the Queen's Birthday public holiday page. In all other areas of Western Australia, the Queen's Birthday public holiday will be held on Monday 30 September 2019.
Labour Relations
Department News
28 Mar 2019
On 1 October 2019, amendments to the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996 (OSH Regulations) will come into effect. The amendments lower the blood lead removal level thresholds for workers and changes the definition of ‘lead-risk job’. Lead stays in the blood for several months. It is important to take action now to ensure that when the new laws come into effect the blood lead levels of...
WorkSafe
Alert
20 Mar 2019
Submissions to the Inquiry into Wage Theft in Western Australia are closing next week, on Wednesday 27 March 2019. The Inquiry is being undertaken by Mr Tony Beech, former Chief Commissioner of the WA Industrial Relations Commission. Wage theft is the systematic and deliberate underpayment of wages or entitlements to a worker. The Inquiry terms of reference include: Whether there is evidence of...
Labour Relations
Department News
19 Mar 2019
Since its launch in 2016, eNotice has been widely accepted and acknowledged by industry for its efficiencies and overall effectiveness. With over 90% of notices now being completed in eNotice, Building and Energy has made the decision to make lodgement of Preliminary Notices and Notices of Completion using eNotice mandatory. As of 1 July 2019 it will be mandatory to lodge all electrical...
EnergySafety
Department News
17 Apr 2019
A rigger has been fined $4000 (and ordered to pay $10,000 in costs) over an incident in which two construction workers were crushed by a tilt-up panel in the city in 2015. Benjamin Paul Botica pleaded guilty to failing to take reasonable care to avoid adversely affecting the safety or health of others, and was fined in the Perth Magistrates Court today. In November 2015, four workers from a Perth...
WorkSafe
Media release
15 Mar 2019
If you are an employer in the State industrial relations system, it is a good idea to review employee pay rates regularly to ensure that they are in line with the current rates in the relevant award , or the minimum pay rates for award free employees if no award applies. The Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission reviews the minimum weekly rates of pay under state awards and the state...
Labour Relations
Department News
14 Mar 2019
Wageline is participating in the Small Business Development Corporation Bizlinks event for small business on Thursday 28 March 2019. Bookings are essential so click on the attached flyer and register now for this free event for small business owners. Bizlinks Flyer March 2019
Labour Relations
Department News
11 Mar 2019
The Easter period is rapidly approaching. If you are working or employing during this period, it is important to understand public holiday entitlements and obligations. The Western Australian public holidays for the 2019 Easter period are: Good Friday – Friday 19 April Easter Monday – Monday 22 April Visit the Easter 2019 public holiday arrangements page for: An overview of the Easter public...
Labour Relations
Department News
07 Mar 2019
A scaffolding company has been fined $90,000 (and ordered to pay $2100 in costs) over the death of a worker who fell through a skylight in the roof of the stadium. Perth Aluminium Scaffolds Pty Ltd pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe work environment and was fined in Perth Magistrates Court on Friday. In June 2016, HBF Stadium operator VenuesWest contracted a painting company...
WorkSafe
Media release
28 Feb 2019
State system employers and employees should note that the Building Trades (Construction) Award was varied in December 2018. Wageline has updated the WA award summary – Building Trades (Construction) to reflect the increased pay rates and allowances, which apply from the first pay period on or after 12 December 2018. To stay up to date with changes to pay rates and other key state employment news...
Labour Relations
Department News
26 Feb 2019

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