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We want your feedback on our newly drafted Disability Access and Inclusion Plan 2017-2021! The Department of Commerce is committed to developing and maintaining effective and inclusive policies, practices and structures to ensure that people with disabilities, their families and carers are able to...
Other policies and plans
This page contains Wageline's previous WA Award Summaries. The pay rates in these summaries were effective from the first pay period on or after 1 July 2015 and ceased to be effective from the first pay period on or after 1 July 2016. Some allowances listed in the award summaries may have different...
WA pay rates and award summaries
Wageline has updated the minimum rates for award-free employees and the pay rates in Wageline’s WA Award Summaries. Until 1 July, both the current rates (pre 1 July 2016) WA award summaries and minimum rates and new summaries and rates will be available on this website. After 1 July, the old rates...
WA pay rates and award summaries
On 16 December 2015, Mr Lex McCulloch the WorkSafe Western Australia Commissioner announced the Department of Commerce – WorkSafe Division (WorkSafe) would be undertaking a review of the model Work Health and Safety (WHS) Regulations for adoption in Western Australia. The key principles of the...
Developments in OSH in Western Australia
On 16 December 2015, Mr Lex McCulloch the WorkSafe Western Australia Commissioner announced the Department of Commerce – WorkSafe Division (WorkSafe) would be undertaking a review of the model Work Health and Safety (WHS) Regulations for adoption in Western Australia. The key principles of the...
Developments in OSH in Western Australia
Hepatitis B is an infectious disease that is commonly transmitted through blood to blood contact. It is a virus that can slowly damage the liver over many years and is potentially life threatening. What are the signs and symptoms of Hepatitis B? Many people with Hepatitis B are unaware of their...
Diseases and health
The National Assessment Instruments (NAIs) for the High Risk Work Licence (HRWL) classes listed below; include a question in relation to the minimum safe distances to be maintained when conducting operations near electric lines. The question in each NAI has a reference to the use of spotters and...
How to become a high risk work registered assessor
As the National Broadband Network (NBN) rolls out and Telstra's existing fixed line networks are disconnected, monitored fire alarms and lift phones must be migrated to the NBN or other technology platforms. Fire alarm and lift phone services that operate over the top of existing fixed-line voice...
Plant and machinery
Early 2016 the WorkSafe Western Australia Commissioner and senior WorkSafe officers presented a number of seminars, in the metropolitan area and three regional locations, to registered High Risk Work Licence (HRWL) assessors (assessors). At the seminars, assessors were provided with advice about...
How to become a high risk work registered assessor
This information is for employers and employees in the state system . The state system applies to sole traders, partnerships, and unincorporated trust arrangements. If you are a national system employer, or you work for one (eg a Pty Ltd company, incorporated association or other non-profit body...
WA pay rates and award summaries

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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
08 Aug 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
This publication provides previous minimum rates of pay for award free employees for the years 2004 to 2015.
Labour Relations
Fact sheet
29 Jun 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
29 Jun 2016
Recently a worker at an aquatic centre was exposed to chlorine gas when he attempted to refill an unlabelled 100 litre chemical storage and dosing drum in a plant room at the facility. The storage...
WorkSafe
Alert
29 Jun 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
22 Jul 2016

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An employee of a civil contracting company has been fined $6000 (and ordered to pay $517.50 in costs) after a fellow employee suffered burns when brake cleaning chemical he had been sprayed with ignited. Chad Gordon Browning pleaded guilty to failing to take reasonable care of the safety of another employee and causing him serious harm, and was fined in the Perth Magistrates Court yesterday. Mr...
WorkSafe
Media release
18 Aug 2016
Fraudsters posing as CEOs or third-party suppliers have cost Western Australian businesses and not-for-profits at least $500,000 in the last two years, prompting a warning about ‘man in the middle scams’. Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard said the fraud works in two equally sophisticated ways. “The false boss or CEO scam usually hacks a chief executive officer or senior...
Consumer Protection
Media release
17 Aug 2016
An O’Connor labour hire company has been fined $20,000 (and ordered to pay $517.50 in costs) for failing to ensure the safety of workers it supplied to a waste recycling company. Eastlink Enterprise Pty Ltd pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe workplace for its labour hire workers and was fined in the Perth Magistrates Court on Friday. In 2013, Eastlink had supplied its...
WorkSafe
Media release
16 Aug 2016
A forklift operator has been fined $7200 (and ordered to pay costs of $800) over the death of a truck driver who died as the result of a fall while washing his truck at Harvey Fresh in 2014. Gypsum Metallica Rongonvi Hoff-Higgins pleaded guilty to failing to take reasonable care of the safety of another person and thereby causing his death, and was fined in the Harvey Magistrates Court yesterday...
WorkSafe
Media release
16 Aug 2016
A second WorkSafe proactive inspection program looking at safety issues in workplaces with vehicle hoists has resulted in continuing concerns. WorkSafe conducted an initial inspection program over the 2014/15 financial year, prompted by a high number of soft tissue and muscle injuries and two work-related deaths in the motor vehicle repair industry in 2013. That program resulted in the issue of...
WorkSafe
Media release
15 Aug 2016
WorkSafe has issued a warning to Pokémon Go players to stay clear of construction sites. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said today reports had been received that players had been accessing construction sites to pursue Pokémon characters. “We’ve recently received information that Pokémon Go players have been illegally accessing sites to chase the virtual characters that pop up there,” Mr...
WorkSafe
Media release
12 Aug 2016
WorkSafe has begun a proactive inspection program examining the management of occupational safety and health risks in community-based disability and aged care assistance services. WorkSafe Director John Innes said today inspectors would focus on systems to manage risks associated with community care. “These risks include people handling, slips, trip and falls and injuries associated with...
WorkSafe
Media release
11 Aug 2016
A proactive inspection program looking at safety standards and issues in the waste recycling industry has raised some areas of concern. The inspection program – carried out over the second half of the 2015/16 financial year in both metropolitan and regional areas of the State – looked at a wide range of hazards faced by workers in waste recycling. WorkSafe Director Joe Attard said today the...
WorkSafe
Media release
10 Aug 2016
On Wednesday 10 August 2016, Wageline will be temporarily unavailable between 10.00am and 10.30am.
Labour Relations
Alert
09 Aug 2016
The Shire of Waroona has been fined $110,000 (and ordered to pay $8336.30 in costs) over the August 2013 death of a man at its Buller Road refuse site. The Shire pleaded guilty to failing to provide and maintain a safe workplace for a person who was not an employee, and was fined in the Mandurah Magistrates Court today. The man who died was the uncle of the manager of the refuse site. He was not...
WorkSafe
Media release
28 Jul 2016

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