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Businesses and employers should always conduct a thorough licence check before engaging workers. When selecting a person to do work that requires a High Risk Work Licence, businesses and employers must consider their duties under the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 by: satisfying yourself...
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Contacting your employer or employee group may assist you in gathering information and provide direction in relation to your circumstance. Employer group - Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia (CCI) CCI will give you access to a team of business specialists who can provide up‑to‑...
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WorkSafe congratulates the four winners of the prestigious 2014 Work Safety Awards Western Australia that were announced at the Work Safety Awards Breakfast on 31 October 2014. These awards recognise outstanding occupational safety and health management, solutions and innovation in Western...
Work Safety Awards
There are many support services and resources that are available to the public and it is important to remember to contact them should you require personal assistance. Here are a list of legal and mental health help lines. If you are experiencing health problems, please seek medical advice from your...
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Several behaviours at work can have an effect on a worker’s health and safety. Mental health can be affected by workplace behaviours such as conflict, bullying, violence and aggression. However, mental health may also be affected by work related stress and exposure to traumatic events at work...
Enquire about unfair, unreasonable or inappropriate behaviour at work
WorkCover WA provides guidance and assistance to all parties within the workers’ compensation system. The team consists of Advisory Officers who provide guidance and assistance to all parties in relation to their rights and obligations under the Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Act 1981...
Enquire about unfair, unreasonable or inappropriate behaviour at work
Direct discrimination takes place when a person is treated less favourably than another person, in the same or similar circumstances, on one or more of the grounds and in one of the areas of public life covered by the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 . Indirect discrimination happens when an apparently...
Enquire about unfair, unreasonable or inappropriate behaviour at work
An employee's minimum entitlements and conditions at work can come from registered agreements, awards, work contracts and legislation. There are several agencies that can assist in relation to issues about pay, conditions, contract of employment, termination and workplace rights. The following...
Enquire about unfair, unreasonable or inappropriate behaviour at work
Welcome to the 2017 Safety and Health Workshops. If you are a business owner, employer, manager, supervisor, safety and health representative or an OSH manager, book now for the 2017 Safety and Health Workshops. You will have the opportunity to hear and learn from presenters with a wealth of...
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A farmer was seriously injured when he tried to extinguish a barley grain fire inside a large grain silo. The farmer had climbed the external silo ladder to access the hatch on the roof approximately...
WorkSafe
Alert
04 Oct 2016
This checklist assists in determining whether a worker is a sub-contractor or an employee. It is a guide only and is not intended to provide a definitive assessment of the status of the working...
Labour Relations
Fact sheet
04 Jul 2017
This occupational safety and health (OSH) newsletter has been developed to provide information and assistance to employers, self-employed persons, persons having control of workplaces and employees...
WorkSafe
Checklist
05 Sep 2016
This occupational safety and health (OSH) newsletter has been developed to provide information and assistance to employers, self-employed persons, persons having control of workplaces and employees...
WorkSafe
Checklist
16 Aug 2016
This occupational safety and health (OSH) newsletter has been developed to provide information and assistance to employers, self-employed persons, persons having control of workplaces operating...
WorkSafe
Checklist
16 Aug 2016
In July 2016 asbestos was found in composite roof panels at the new Perth Children’s Hospital. The roof panels were imported from China and classified as “asbestos free”, but testing by a National...
WorkSafe
Alert
09 Sep 2016
This occupational safety and health (OSH) newsletter has been developed to highlight safety risks with asbestos containing materials at workplaces. This newsletter will assist you with understanding...
WorkSafe
Checklist
29 Jul 2016
Mobile plant and vehicle movement is one of WorkSafe’s priority areas as many serious and fatal incidents have occurred in Western Australia. This self-assessment tool is applicable to all industries...
WorkSafe
Checklist
22 Jul 2016
On Wednesday 1 June 2016, the WorkSafe Western Australia Commissioner released the Discussion Paper - Work Health and Safety Regulations for Western Australia (the discussion paper) for public...
WorkSafe
Information
19 Jul 2016

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Monday 5 June 2017 is the Western Australia day public holiday. Employers in the state industrial relations system can check their employment obligations for this public holiday on the Pay rates for public holidays page or contact Wageline for more information.
Labour Relations
Department News
29 May 2017
Do you know the requirements for meal breaks? Most WA awards outline requirements for meal breaks, for example, when and how they may be taken, the duration of the break, and what pay rates apply if a meal break is delayed to suit the requirements of the workplace. Employers should check the meal break provisions in the relevant WA award summaries for this information. If the employee is covered...
Labour Relations
Department News
12 May 2017
The Wageline Newsletter record keeping edition has been published today. The text of the Newsletter is below. This edition features information on the record keeping requirements and the penalites that apply to employers who fail to keep employment records. Wageline Newsletter is an email service which provides updates on: increases to the state minimum wage and WA award rates of pay other...
Labour Relations
Department News
08 May 2017
Over the last few months Wageline has seen a steady increase in the amount of queries on how to make a complaint about underpayment of employment entitlements. It is important for employers to be aware of their employment rights and obligations. The consequences for getting this wrong can be costly for employers. Employers who are unsure of employment obligations should visit the Finding the...
Labour Relations
Department News
01 May 2017
The Anzac Day public holiday is on Tuesday 25 April 2017. Do you know your employment obligations for this public holiday? If an employee is covered by a WA award, check the relevant award on the WA award summaries page of our website. Information about public holidays for state system award free employees is available on the Pay rates for public holidays page of our website or for more...
Labour Relations
Department News
19 Apr 2017
Easter is here this weekend. Do you know your employment obligations? The Western Australian public holidays for the 2017 Easter period are: Good Friday - Friday 14 April 2017 Easter Monday - Monday 17 April 2017 Visit the Easter 2017 public holiday arrangement page for: An overview of the Easter public holiday payment arrangements for state system employers and employees Detailed information on...
Labour Relations
Department News
12 Apr 2017
Over the past few weeks the Department of Commerce has been conducting a proactive compliance campaign about the employment of children in the fast food industry. The campaign was a success with 975 fast food employers and head offices of franchise groups across the Perth metropolitan area provided with an information pack about the employment of children under the Children and Community Services...
Labour Relations
Department News
07 Apr 2017
The regional dates for the Queen’s Birthday public holiday for 2017 have now been published - visit the Regional dates for the Queen's Birthday public holiday page. In all other areas of WA the Queen’s Birthday public holiday will be held on Monday 25 September 2017.
Labour Relations
Department News
27 Mar 2017
The Wageline Newsletter March 2017 edition has been published today. This edition features information on the Easter public holidays and a range of articles featuring the Employment of children in the fast food industry and common questions employers ask Wageline. Wageline Newsletter is an email service which provides updates on: increases to the state minimum wage and WA award rates of pay other...
Labour Relations
Department News
21 Mar 2017
A Perth doctor has been ordered to pay a penalty of $4000 plus disbursements for obstructing an investigation into whether he correctly paid one of his workers. The Industrial Magistrates Court ordered the penalties against Dr Patrick Nugawela in a default judgment last month after finding he had obstructed an industrial inspector from the Department of Commerce. Dr Nugawela failed to provide...
Labour Relations
Media release
20 Mar 2017

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