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Terms of Reference Terms of Reference for the Ministerial Review of the State industrial relations system 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...
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 Final Report of the Ministerial Review of the State Industrial Relations System, and the State Government's proposed reforms in response to the Review was tabled in State Parliament on 11 April 2019. The Final Report makes a total of 85 recommendations for reform of the State industrial...
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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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...
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WorkSafe is investigating an incident in which a worker suffered serious crush injuries as a result of a large metal sliding gate falling on him. The incident scene is shown in the photograph below...
WorkSafe
Alert
21 Sep 2018
This checklist has been developed to highlight safety issues in child care workplaces and provides information on how to best manage those risks to minimise workplace injuries and comply with...
WorkSafe
Checklist
12 Sep 2018
This checklist has been developed to highlight safety issues for workers in primary schools and provides information on how to best manage those risks to minimise workplace injuries and comply with...
WorkSafe
Checklist
12 Sep 2018
This information is no longer current and is available on the website for historical purposes only. At the time the model Work Health and Safety (WHS) Regulations were developed a national Regulation...
WorkSafe
Information
12 Sep 2018
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
06 Mar 2019
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

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Wageline has now reopened after the Christmas and New Year period. We are excited to start a new year fresh and ready to help you with your employment queries on state employment law. Wageline deals with queries about: pay rates, leave entitlements and other employment arrangements for employers and employees in the WA state industrial relations system long service leave for employees working in...
Labour Relations
Department News
03 Jan 2019
If you are a hair salon business owner or a hairdresser and you are covered by the state industrial relations system, here is the information you need to know about employee entitlements for the Australia Day public holiday in 2019. Under the Hairdressers Award, Monday 28 January 2019 is the public holiday for Australia Day. Saturday 26 January 2019 is an ordinary working day and ordinary rates...
Labour Relations
Department News
07 Jan 2019
Employers are being reminded of the limitations that apply when employing young people over the school holidays. While the Christmas holidays are the perfect time for teenagers to earn some money, employers looking for help over the busy period need to understand that restrictions apply when employing young people and that they need to comply with their obligations under the Children and...
Labour Relations
Department News
21 Dec 2018
It’s that time of the year where people are getting their last minute Christmas shopping done and most businesses are preparing to wind down for the holiday period. Although it is a time for most employers and employees to switch off and take a break, it is important to understand your employment obligations over the festive holiday period. This season’s public holidays are: Christmas Day,...
Labour Relations
Department News
17 Dec 2018
WorkSafe will soon begin an inspection program looking at the issue of violence and aggression in organisations providing community health care services. The program will focus on nursing professionals, health and welfare support workers and personal carers who work in clients’ homes or community settings, and will continue over the next six months in metropolitan and regional areas of the State...
WorkSafe
Media release
13 Dec 2018
A crane operator has been fined $4400 (and ordered to pay $4700 in costs) after he overloaded a crane and injured another worker when the crane collapsed. Robert Anthony Hoekzema pleaded guilty to failing to take reasonable care to avoid adversely affecting another person and was fined in the Perth Magistrates Court on Thursday. In June 2015, Mr Hoekzema was employed as a casual crane operator...
WorkSafe
Media release
11 Dec 2018
The Wageline Newsletter December edition was sent today to approximately 5,000 subscribers, and has been published on the Wageline website. This edition features information about the upcoming Christmas and New Year public holidays and what employers need to know about their employment obligations over this period, child employment laws and a range of other critical information for state system...
Labour Relations
Department News
10 Dec 2018
WA is now well into cyclone season, and businesses throughout the State have been reminded to ensure that contingency plans have been established and are in operation. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Ian Munns said today it was crucial that everyone on both sea and land knew what to do when there was a cyclone in the area. “Under workplace safety and health laws, employers must have adequate plans in...
WorkSafe
Media release
07 Dec 2018
A proactive inspection program undertaken by WorkSafe to look at safety in specific types of retail outlet in WA has uncovered concerns with electricity, falls from height, manual tasks and emergency precautions. The program involved WorkSafe inspectors visiting retail stores including those selling clocks, craft goods, duty free, firewood, musical instruments, pets and pet accessories, swimming...
WorkSafe
Media release
30 Nov 2018
If you are working or employing during the end of year period and you fall under the state industrial relations system it is important to understand public holiday entitlements and obligations. 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 Under the Hairdressers Award, Tuesday 25 December...
Labour Relations
Department News
11 Dec 2018

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