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The State Law Publisher provides an electronic copy of the Act and regulations . The State Law Publisher progressively amends its documents to include any legislative changes. This usually occurs a week or two from the time the amendments appear in the Government Gazette. You may download or print...
Legislation, codes and guidance materials
The information on this page applies only to employers and employees in the WA state industrial relations system. The state system covers businesses which operate as sole traders, unincorporated partnerships, unincorporated trust arrangements as well as any incorporated association or not for...
Public holiday pay
The Ministerial Advisory Panel (MAP) has decided on its procedures, and will meet fortnightly to develop drafting instructions for a modernised Work Health and Safety (WHS) Act in Western Australia. The National Model WHS Act , of 2016, developed by Safe Work Australia , will be considered in...
Work health and safety legislation reform
The Ministerial Review was undertaken by Mr Mark Ritter SC. Assisting him was Mr Stephen Price MLA. Mr Mark Ritter SC Mr Ritter is an experienced and well respected local barrister who was admitted to the Supreme Court of Western Australia in 1985, and the Federal Court and High Court of Australia...
Ministerial Review of the State industrial relations system
A total of 65 initial submissions to the Ministerial Review were received. Written submissions are published below unless the organisation or individual making the submission requested it remain confidential. There are 51 public submissions. 14 confidential submissions were also received by the...
Ministerial Review of the State industrial relations system
WorkSafe provides specific work-related injury and disease data categorised by industry as well as statistical information covering a range of key statistics specifically for Western Australian workplaces. Key OSH statistics Use this document to research statistics on key occupational safety and...
Incident statistics
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 Ministerial Review of the State Industrial Relations System was completed in June 2018. The Minister for Commerce and Industrial Relations issued a media statement on 18 June 2018 highlighting the completion of the Review. About the review The Ministerial Review was undertaken by Mr Mark Ritter...
Ministerial review
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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Publications

This information is no longer current and is available on the website for historical purposes only. On 16 December 2015, Mr Lex McCulloch the WorkSafe Western Australia Commissioner announced the...
WorkSafe
Information
12 Sep 2018
Don’t compromise on electrical safety. Always use a licensed electrical contractor when installing your swimming pool or spa to avoid the risk of electric shock.
EnergySafety
Fact sheet
28 Aug 2018
WorkSafe is investigating an incident where a farm worker was fatally injured when it appears that a tractor unexpectedly lurched forward while he was working under it. The tractor involved was over...
WorkSafe
Alert
22 Aug 2018
Refrigeration and air-conditioning equipment, including systems in vehicles, contain refrigerants. With increased costs and environmental damage associated with the use of synthetic chemical...
WorkSafe
Bulletin
21 Aug 2018
This checklist has been developed to highlight safety issues in workplaces where scientific testing and analysis is carried out and provides information on how to best manage those risks to minimise...
WorkSafe
Checklist
15 Aug 2018
This checklist has been developed to highlight safety issues in machinery and equipment repair and maintenance workplaces and provides information on how to best manage those risks to minimise...
WorkSafe
Checklist
13 Aug 2018
This checklist has been developed to highlight workplace sa fety issues in sports and recreation clubs and provides information on how to best manage those risks to minimise workplace injuries and...
WorkSafe
Checklist
26 Jul 2018
This fact sheet has been prepared by the Department of Health and the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety to provide information and best practice guidance for organisations and...
WorkSafe
Fact sheet
20 Jul 2018
The Western Australian Government is seeking your comments on the proposals to modernise Western Australia’s WHS laws. Background On 12 July 2017, the Government announcemed the development of a...
WorkSafe
Information
27 Sep 2018
WorkSafe investigated an incident where a worker was exposed to high pressure ammonia refrigerant while working next to a live refrigeration unit. The worker was working from an elevating work...
WorkSafe
Alert
22 Jun 2018

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Announcements

A campaign to promote compliance by nail salon businesses in the state industrial relations system with their legal obligations to pay staff correct wages and keep correct employment records has just been started by Private Sector Labour Relations. Owners of nail salon businesses, which operate in the state industrial relations system, must provide the legal minimum pay rate to all staff. It is...
Labour Relations
Department News
13 Nov 2018
A registered builder has been fined $22,000 (and ordered to pay $900 in costs) after an apprentice fell six metres from trestle scaffolding and was seriously injured last year. Stephen John Gregson – trading as Gregson Constructions – pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe work environment and was fined in the Joondalup Magistrates Court on Friday. In August 2017, Mr Gregson and...
Building Commission / WorkSafe
Media release
07 Nov 2018
The Christmas/ New Year period is rapidly approaching and it is important to understand public holiday obligations for the festive season. This season's public holidays are: Christmas Day, Tuesday 25 December 2018 Boxing Day, Wednesday 26 December 2018 New Year's Day, Tuesday 1 January 2019 Employers and employees should be aware of their employment obligations on these public holidays. The...
Labour Relations
Department News
06 Nov 2018
In September 2018, Private Sector Labour Relations conducted an education campaign promoting compliance by horse riding schools and equestrian centre businesses with the child employment provisions in the Children and Community Services Act 2004. Over 150 businesses across Western Australia were provided with information on child employments laws for this industry. The Children and Community...
Labour Relations
Department News
31 Oct 2018
WorkSafe has issued a reminder to workers to stay focused on safety in the lead-up to the festive season. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Ian Munns said today both employers and workers needed to pay particular attention to staying safe before and after Christmas. “As we head towards the end of the year and the festive season, it’s timely to remind both employers and workers of the need to remain...
WorkSafe
Media release
29 Oct 2018
A State Government agency has been fined $100,000 (and ordered to pay costs) over the death of a remand prisoner crushed between a truck and a wall at Hakea Prison in 2015. Department of Justice (Department of Corrective Services at the time of the offence) pleaded guilty to failing to take reasonable care to ensure the safety and health of a person who was not an employee, and was fined in the...
WorkSafe
Media release
26 Oct 2018
The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety’s inaugural Annual Report, tabled in Parliament on 19 September 2018, is now available on the website . The 2017-18 report highlights the department’s key achievements and financial performance for the last financial year and showcases what we do for the community of Western Australia. The report also includes independently audited reports...
Corporate
Department News
25 Oct 2018
Wageline answers many enquiries each week about employer obligations relating to termination, and the entitlements owed to employees when employment ends through resignation, dismissal or redundancy. In recent weeks Wageline has had an increase in calls about dismissal and termination. Employers and employees in the state industrial relations system should visit the termination and dismissal...
Labour Relations
Department News
26 Oct 2018
WorkSafe is conducting a proactive inspection program to look at safety issues in WA’s child care centres. The program will continue until the end of the 2018/19 financial year, and will include government and private child care centres in metropolitan and regional areas of the State. WorkSafe Director Sally North said today an inspection program was being undertaken in this area because child...
WorkSafe
Media release
23 Oct 2018
Penalties for breaches of Western Australia’s workplace health and safety laws increased from 3 October 2018. The new penalties are consistent with the national model Work Health and Safety Act (Model Act), with a further 14 per cent increase for inflation since 2010. Examples for a first offence by a body corporate include: Level 1 penalties increase from $50,000 to $450,000. Level 4 penalties...
WorkSafe
Department News
08 Oct 2018

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