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In 2018, the Western Australian Government passed legislation to increase workplace safety and health offence penalties, under the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 (OSH Act) and the Mines Safety and Inspection Act 1994 (MSI Act). Level 4 penalties increase from $500,000 to a maximum $2.7...
Legislation, codes and guidance materials
Information about the Inquiry into Wage Theft including how to make a submission.
Inquiry into Wage Theft in Western Australia
Health surveillance in the workplace refers to the health monitoring of employees where there is a risk to health from exposure to certain hazardous substances (listed in Schedule 5.3 of the OSH Regulations 1996) or other hazardous substances where suitable health checks are available. Health...
Hazardous substances
If you have completed the requirements of an improvement notice you must notify the WorkSafe Commissioner forthwith. You can now notify the WorkSafe Commissioner online. You will need: the improvement notice number; the date it was issued; and the inspector name You will find the details on the...
Improvement notice notification
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
Private Sector Labour Relations undertakes proactive compliance campaigns to improve compliance by employers with state employment laws. Our current campaigns and recently completed campaigns are detailed below. Current campaigns Cafés and restaurants in the state industrial relations system -...
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

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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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WorkSafe is prosecuting four parties over the death of 17-year-old Wesley Ballantine, who fell through a void in the roof of an internal atrium at the old GPO building in Forrest Place during a construction project in 2017. Valmont WA Pty Ltd, the main contractor for one stage of the project, has been charged with failing to ensure that persons who were not their employees were not exposed to...
WorkSafe
Media release
26 Jun 2019
The State minimum wage for award free employees and all pay rates in WA awards increase effective from the first pay period on or after 1 July 2019. In June the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission awarded a 2.75% increase in the State minimum wage for award free adult employees, lifting it to $746.90 per week. WA award rates of pay were also increased by 2.75%. Junior rates and...
Labour Relations
Department News
24 Jun 2019
Many WA awards require employers to pay an employee working in certain regional towns a location allowance to compensate for the additional cost of living, climatic discomfort, and isolation in these towns. Location allowance is varied annually in accordance with the Consumer Price Index for Perth, excluding housing. The location allowance payable for each town will increase from the first pay...
Labour Relations
Department News
24 Jun 2019
WorkSafe is conducting a proactive inspection program to look at safety issues in glass product manufacturing workplaces across WA. The program will continue until the end of the 2019/20 financial year, and will include glass product manufacturers in metropolitan and regional areas of the State. WorkSafe Director Chris Kirwin said today an inspection program was being undertaken in this area...
WorkSafe
Media release
21 Jun 2019
WorkSafe has been conducting a proactive inspection program to look at safety and health issues in stone benchtop fabricators. The program will be conducted for the remainder of this financial year, and will continue throughout the 2019/20 financial year. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Darren Kavanagh said the inspection program was initiated in response to serious concerns raised in Queensland last...
WorkSafe
Media release
19 Jun 2019
The Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission has increased the state minimum wage and all pay rates in WA awards effective from the first pay period on or after 1 July 2019. The Commission has today awarded a 2.75% increase in the state minimum wage for employees who have reached 21 years of age, lifting it to $746.90 per week. WA award rates of pay will also increase by 2.75%. Junior...
Labour Relations
Department News
14 Jun 2019
Private Sector Labour Relations has now concluded its proactive compliance campaign targeting horse riding schools and equestrian centres. As part of the compliance campaign, horse riding businesses across Western Australia were audited by industrial inspectors to ensure that children were not being employed in contravention of child employment laws. Overall, there was a positive response to the...
Labour Relations
Department News
13 Jun 2019
In April 2019, Private Sector Labour Relations conducted an education campaign promoting compliance by takeaway food businesses with the child employment provisions in the Children and Community Services Act 2004. Over 260 businesses across Western Australia were provided with information on child employment laws for this industry. The Children and Community Services Act regulates the employment...
Labour Relations
Department News
27 May 2019
The annual State Wage Case was heard yesterday in the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission. The State Wage Case sets the minimum rates of pay for employees covered by the State industrial relations system, including apprentices and trainees, and determines whether there will be any adjustment to rates of pay in State awards. The Commission’s decision will be announced mid-June and...
Labour Relations
Department News
23 May 2019
DMIRS' new online publication for workplace safety and health in WA
WorkSafe
Department News
24 Apr 2019

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