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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...
When children can work
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...
Information on the Construction Contracts Act
In Western Australia workers have been killed by lightning, the most recent in 2014 when a backpacker working on a farm at Bruce Rock died after she was struck by lightning. Workers are most at risk working out in the open, on the sea or other waterways or sheltering under trees or other structures...
Environmental factors
The acronym GHS stands for The Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals. The system was developed by the United Nations with the intention of harmonising the many different chemical classification systems in use around the world. The GHS provides a classification...
Hazardous substances
Working holiday and student visa workers have the same entitlements as other employees working in Western Australia. This page outlines where working holiday and student visa workers and their employers can go for help with understanding rights and obligations in WA workplaces. Information for...
Getting started
This information applies to employers and employees in the state industrial relations system . It covers businesses which operate as sole traders, partnerships and unincorporated trust arrangements. This information does not apply to businesses and organisations in the national industrial relations...
Types of employment arrangements
This page contains Wageline's previous WA Award Summaries. The pay rates in these summaries are not the current rates. New pay rates were effective from the first pay period on or after 1 July 2019 and these are available on the WA award summaries page. The information on this page applies only to...
WA pay rates and award summaries
The National Relay Service helps deaf, hearing and/or speech-impaired people to make and receive phone calls. The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety uses NRS to ensure our contact numbers are accessible to people who are deaf or have a hearing or speech impairment. To access a...
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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
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
An operator dismounted the reach truck forklift he was driving, while the plant was still moving. He tripped forward towards the ground, breaking his fall by extending both hands out in front. As the...
WorkSafe
Alert
22 Jun 2018
New regulations have come into effect which requires electricity to be switched off before people enter the roof space. To assist workers in notifying homeowners of the new regulations the WorkSafe...
WorkSafe
Information
05 Jul 2018

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WorkSafe has issued a warning on guarding against the effects of extreme temperatures in work environments during periods of hot weather. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Darren Kavanagh today reminded employers and workers of the need to take extra care during the summer months to avoid the risk of heat stress or the more serious heat stroke. “It’s not just working outside in heatwave conditions, but...
WorkSafe
Media release
23 Jan 2019
If you are covered by the state industrial relations system, here is what you need to know about rates of pay for the Australia Day public holiday in 2019. The public holiday for Australia Day in 2019 is Monday 28 January not Saturday 26 January. Saturday 26 January is an ordinary working day and ordinary rates of pay are applicable. Under the Public and Bank Holidays Act 1972 , Australia Day...
Labour Relations
Department News
16 Jan 2019
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

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