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Legal actions and related activities summarises enforcement actions undertaken by WorkSafe under the occupational safety and health legislation. Traditionally this information has been published as part of the department’s Annual Report . Background The Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 (OSH...
Enforcement outcomes
The two-month public consultation period for the modernisation of Western Australia’s Work Health and Safety (WHS) laws ended on 31 August 2018. A total of 66 submissions provided a range of views on WHS topics. Of the 66 submissions, 17 were requested to be kept confidential. Submissions that were...
Work health and safety legislation reform
The Children and Community Services Act 2004 prohibits children under 15 working in horse riding schools and equestrian centres. These child employment laws apply to all Western Australian employers. If you run or manage a business that is a horse riding or equestrian centre you need to know: 15...
When children can work
Industrial Inspectors in the Private Sector Labour Relations Division assisted Western Australian workers recover a total of $458,290 in unpaid wages and entitlements in the last financial year. This amount included nearly $300,000 in unpaid long service leave and $137,000 in wages and other...
Labour Relations
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’s announcement of the development of a modernised Work Health and Safety Act for Western Australia which is based on the national model...
Work health and safety legislation reform
In July 2017 the Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Commerce and Industrial Relations, the Hon Bill Johnston MLA, formed a Ministerial Advisory Panel to advise on the development of a single harmonised and amalgamated Work Health and Safety (WHS) Act. The new WHS laws will cover all workplaces in...
Information sessions and workshops
Public submissions in response to the Interim Report of the Ministerial Review of the State Industrial Relations System are published below. Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union WA Branch Australian Mines and Metals Association Australian Services Union - WA Branch Chamber of Commerce and...
Ministerial review
The Machinery of Government reforms, announced by the Government in 2017, resulted in the merging of the bulk of the Department of Commerce with the Department of Mining and Petroleum to create the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety. The new Department of Mines, Industry Regulation...
Structure
The Interim Report of the Ministerial Review of the State Industrial Relations System was published on 20 March 2018. The Interim Report was republished on 20 April 2018 to make a correction to an error in paragraph [1265] on page 427. The Interim Report...
Ministerial review
In May 2016, the Training Accreditation Council conducted the Strategic Industry Audit into Units of Competency that lead to High Risk Work Licences in Western Australia (the audit). Introduction The audit included: advice that the training and assessment for a High Risk Work Licence (HRWL) are not...
High risk work licence

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Employees standing near traffic along roadways, roundabouts and in parking areas while holding or ‘flapping’ advertising billboards can be exposed to a hazard from moving vehicles. Employees often do...
WorkSafe
Alert
15 Oct 2018
Home and community care service workers are at risk of exposure to work-related violence when working alone in a client’s home. Risks may arise from actions of the client, their carer or others at...
WorkSafe
Alert
12 Oct 2018
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
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
21 Aug 2018
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

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Penalties for breaches of Western Australia’s workplace health and safety laws increased from 3 October 2018. The new penalties are consistent with the national model Work Health and Safety Act (Model Act), with a further 14 per cent increase for inflation since 2010. Examples for a first offence by a body corporate include: Level 1 penalties increase from $50,000 to $450,000. Level 4 penalties...
WorkSafe
Department News
08 Oct 2018
Private Sector Labour Relations Division industrial inspectors have recently conducted a proactive compliance campaign focused on small businesses in the nail and beauty industry. As part of the compliance campaign, 50 state system nail and beauty salons had their employment records analysed by industrial inspectors to ensure that employees are being paid correctly and that the mandatory...
Labour Relations
Department News
05 Oct 2018
This year the Queen’s Birthday public holiday in Western Australia will be held on Monday 24 September 2018. Some regional areas in Western Australia hold the Queen's Birthday public holiday on an alternative date, usually to coincide with a significant date or event for that area. Visit the Regional Dates for the Queen's Birthday public holiday page on the Wageline website for details.
Labour Relations
Department News
20 Sep 2018
Labour Relations
Department News
17 Sep 2018
The owner-operators of a plumbing and gas fitting business in the Perth Hills have been fined $22,000 for underpaying their apprentice plumber over a period of two years. The Industrial Magistrates Court found the couple had underpaid the apprentice, failed to pay him for all rostered days off and failed to pay him for untaken annual leave on termination of employment. Industrial Magistrate Flynn...
Labour Relations
Media release
10 Sep 2018
WorkSafe has reminded workers and the community that hazards and incidents in their workplace can be anonymously reported by telephone or in writing. Reports can also be made online 24 hours a day, seven days a week, but it is necessary to provide contact details – which will not be divulged to the employer - so inspectors can make contact to obtain further information. WorkSafe WA Commissioner...
WorkSafe
Media release
05 Sep 2018
WorkSafe is conducting a proactive inspection program to look at safety issues in workplaces where scientific testing and analysis is carried out. Inspectors will be looking at safety issues in workplaces conducting non-destructive testing such as radiographic, ultrasonic, magnetic particle, liquid penetrant, electromagnetic and visual testing. The program will continue until the end of the 2018/...
WorkSafe
Media release
31 Aug 2018
The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety has released an updated draft code of practice to help promote and maintain the mental health of FIFO workers in Western Australia. The second draft of the ' Mentally healthy workplaces for fly-in fly-out workers in the resources and construction sectors ' code has been released for further public comment, following a successful initial...
WorkSafe
Department News
23 Aug 2018
WorkSafe continues to participate in roadblock exercises, with the latest one revealing a reasonable level of compliance with fatigue management and related laws. WorkSafe recently participated in a joint roadblock operation undertaken by Main Roads WA. The exercise saw WorkSafe inspectors stationed at the road train assembly area at Northam conducting inspections of commercial vehicles to check...
WorkSafe
Media release
21 Aug 2018
WorkSafe is conducting a proactive inspection program to look at safety issues in workplaces where machinery and equipment is repaired. The program will continue until the end of the 2018/19 financial year, and will include workplaces where repairs are carried out on items such as agricultural and farm machinery, lawnmowers, outboard motors, pumps and compressors, mining equipment and material...
WorkSafe
Media release
21 Aug 2018

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