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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 will be undertaken by Mr Mark Ritter SC. Assisting him will be 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...
Ministerial Review of the State industrial relations system
Submissions to the Ministerial Review are requested by 24 November 2017. Written submissions will be published on this website unless the organisation or individual making the submission has requested it remain confidential.
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 State Government is undertaking a Ministerial Review of the State industrial relations system to ensure that the system is contemporary, fair and accessible. Media statement The Minister for Commerce and Industrial Relations issued a media statement on 22 September 2017 which is available on...
WA's industrial relations system
Psychosocial hazards can be challenging and require a multifaceted approach. This is a practical and comprehensive session where participants will develop and apply their knowledge of organisational risk factors that contribute to psychosocial hazards and learn how to conduct a risk assessment. A...
Information sessions and workshops
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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In 2017/18, WorkSafe WA is conducting a proactive inspection campaign focusing on other store based retailing outlets, with a view to improving safety within the industry. The campaign will involve...
WorkSafe
Checklist
27 Nov 2017
Asbestos has recently been found in friction wear plates in the suspension systems of rail carriages. The new rail carriages were purchased between 2007 and 2014 and were imported from China. They...
WorkSafe
Alert
16 Nov 2017
The Coverage of the State industrial relations system information paper provides background information for the Ministerial Review of the State Industrial Relations System. Detail about the...
Labour Relations
Fact sheet
07 Nov 2017
In 2014, the former Western Australian Government released a version of the model Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws (known as the “Green Bill” ) for public comment. 50 submissions were received...
WorkSafe
Information
31 Oct 2017
Industry profiles contains statistical information that relates specifically to Western Australian workplaces, categorised by industry.
WorkSafe
Statistics
14 Nov 2017
On 15 November 2016 Ali Burston and Frank Pansini presented at the WorkSafe and RiskCover Forum. This forum included: case study presentations from guest speakers; WorkSafe WA presenting the results...
WorkSafe
Information
29 Nov 2017
If there is bullying or conflict at your workplace, use the following four step process. Remember support is always available eg talk to a friend, your doctor or an counseller, or an advocate. Step 1...
WorkSafe
Information
01 Nov 2017
In May 2017 p resenters from both WorkSafe and the Health Department delivered an information session on asbestos health risks, the relevant legislation, and some common issues that arise in relation...
WorkSafe
Information
23 Oct 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
06 Oct 2017
Wageline's making a complaint process fact sheet provides a publication format version of the information on the Making a complaint about underpayment of wages and entitlements page of this website...
Labour Relations
Fact sheet
05 Oct 2017

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WorkSafe will conduct a proactive inspection program to look at safety standards in some specific WA store-based retail outlets. The program will continue throughout the remainder of the 2017/18 financial year, and will focus on various retail workplaces including firewood suppliers, musical instrument stores, pharmacies and selected franchise retail outlets throughout WA. Acting WorkSafe...
WorkSafe
Media release
01 Dec 2017
Asbestos Awareness Week 2017 runs from 27 November - 1 December 2017. Please take this opportunity to ensure your workplace asbestos management systems are up to date, and that workers are aware of these systems. And remember – buildings built before 1990 are likely to contain materials with asbestos content. Follow the links for more information: Checklist for asbestos management Asbestos FAQ...
WorkSafe
Event
24 Nov 2017
A Greenwood medical practitioner has been fined $6280 (and ordered to pay costs of $1067) for failing to comply with a court order to supply an employee's records to an industrial inspector. Dr Patrick Allan Nugawela was found guilty of failing to comply with an order of the Industrial Magistrate's Court to produce records to an industrial inspector, and was fined in the Industrial Magistrate's...
Labour Relations
Media release
16 Nov 2017
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, Monday 25 December 2017 Boxing Day, Tuesday 26 December 2017 New Year's Day, Monday 1 January 2018 Employers and employees should be aware of their employment obligations on these public holidays. The Christmas...
Labour Relations
Department News
15 Nov 2017
The Wageline Newsletter December edition was sent last week to approximately 10,000 subscribers, and has been published on the Wageline website. This edition features information about the upcoming Christmas / New Year public holidays and what employers need to know about their employment obligations over this period, as well as a range of other critical information for state system employers...
Labour Relations
Department News
11 Dec 2017
The festive season has arrived! In preparation for the Christmas/ New Year period many businesses often employ extra staff as Christmas casuals to manage the increase in retail trading hours and customers over this time. Employers need to be aware of their obligations when hiring employees in this type of employment arrangement. A casual employee is someone who works irregular hours each week...
Labour Relations
Department News
11 Dec 2017
WorkSafe has begun a proactive inspection program looking at safety issues with workers in WA’s parks and gardens. The inspection program will involve inspectors visiting parks and gardens in Perth and regional areas of the State throughout the remainder of the 2017/18 financial year. WorkSafe Acting Director Sally North said today the inspection program had been prompted by the high number of...
WorkSafe
Media release
13 Nov 2017
A proactive inspection program undertaken by WorkSafe has revealed some areas of concerns with workplace safety in the accommodation sector. The inspection program was conducted throughout the 2016/17 financial year in Perth and regional areas of the State, focusing on smaller accommodation workplaces such as motels, caravan parks, lodges, chalets and bed and breakfasts. WorkSafe Director Sally...
WorkSafe
Media release
03 Nov 2017
WA’s harvest season has begun, and brings with it a reminder from WorkSafe to ensure all safety measures are taken. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said today the agriculture sector did not have a good record when it came to workplace safety. “WA’s agriculture, forestry and fishing industry has one of the highest rates of work-related injury of all industries,” Mr McCulloch said. “The...
WorkSafe
Media release
27 Oct 2017
WorkSafe continues to participate in roadblock exercises, with the latest ones revealing a reasonable level of compliance with fatigue management and related laws. WorkSafe recently participated in two joint roadblock operations undertaken by WA Police and also involving Main Roads WA and the Explosives and Dangerous Goods section of the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety. The...
WorkSafe
Media release
24 Oct 2017

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