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This page contains frequently asked questions about safety and health committees. When should a safety and health committee be established? A safety and health committee should be established if an employee requests a committee, the employer decides to establish one, or if there is a regulation...
OSH committees
A campaign is currently being conducted by Private Sector Labour Relations to promote compliance with state employment laws for café and restaurant businesses in the state industrial relations system. The campaign commenced in October 2019, with a letter and information brochure being sent to café...
Proactive compliance campaigns
This page provides information on the provisions of the Long Service Leave Act 1958 (WA). For more information see the main Long Service Leave page. Are casual and seasonal employees covered by the Long Service Leave Act? Casual and seasonal employees in the WA private sector and in the WA State...
Long service leave
This page provides information on the provisions of the Long Service Leave Act 1958 (WA). For more information see the main Long Service Leave page. An employee’s entitlement to long service leave on termination depends upon the length of their period of continuous employment and if they were...
Long service leave
This page provides information on the provisions of the Long Service Leave Act 1958 (WA). For more information see the main Long Service Leave page. To be entitled to long service leave under the Long Service Leave Act, an employee must have continuous employment with ‘the one and the same employer...
Long service leave
This page provides information on the provisions of the Long Service Leave Act 1958 (WA). For more information see the main Long Service Leave page. To be entitled to long service leave under the Long Service Leave Act, an employee’s employment with their employer must be continuous. The amount of...
Long service leave
This page outlines who is covered by the Long Service Leave Act 1958 (WA). For more information on the Long Service Leave Act see the main Long Service Leave page. Who is covered by the Long Service Leave Act? Western Australian private sector employees (subject to the exclusions below). Western...
Long service leave
The Work Health and Safety Excellence Awards were held at Optus Stadium on 2 October 2019. This year 69 submissions were received with 33 companies recognised as finalists. Eight companies were recognised with a winner’s trophy and 10 companies received a certificate of merit. An outline of all...
Work Safety Awards
The department is seeking your comments regarding the regulations that will support the proposed Work Health and Safety Act for Western Australia (WHS Act (WA)). 1. Introduction This Consultation Package has been prepared to facilitate consultation with stakeholders in relation to the regulations...
Work health and safety legislation reform
A campaign is currently underway by Private Sector Labour Relations to educate beauty salon businesses about their employment obligations. This was initiated after a compliance audit in 2018 found that a large proportion of nail and beauty businesses were not paying their employees correctly...
Proactive compliance campaigns

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This checklist has been developed to highlight safety issues for workers in liquor retailing and provides information on how to best manage those risks to minimise workplace injuries and comply with...
WorkSafe
Checklist
06 Nov 2019
Use these templates to highlight the importance of SHRs in the workplace and provide ‘easy to use’ educational and promotional material to simplify the multifaceted SHR nomination/election process.
WorkSafe
Information
30 Oct 2019
Find out how managers and supervisors support safety and health representatives?
WorkSafe
Poster
30 Oct 2019
Use this poster to promote your safety and health representatives
WorkSafe
Poster
04 Nov 2019
An informative poster outlining the role of a safety and health representative.
WorkSafe
Poster
29 Oct 2019
This directory contains licence holders licensed to perform all restricted asbestos work in accordance with Part 5 of the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996. Please refer to the Licence...
WorkSafe
Information
29 Oct 2019
This directory contains licence holders licensed to perform all restricted asbestos work in accordance with Part 5 of the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996. Please refer to the Licence...
WorkSafe
Information
29 Oct 2019
An unrestricted asbestos licence is required in Western Australia for work involving the removal of friable asbestos-containing material. Only an Unrestricted Asbestos licence holder or an employee...
WorkSafe
Form – application
25 Oct 2019
Lifting chains and their associated components (hooks, shackles, links etc) are used widely across a variety of industries to lift and move loads and includes Grade T (8, 80, 800) and Grade V (10,...
WorkSafe
Alert
10 Oct 2019
Reversing alarms are commonly fitted to plant and heavy vehicles across a wide range of industries. The noise made by these alarms falls into one of two categories: tonal and broadband. Tonal...
WorkSafe
Information
22 Oct 2019

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WorkSafe has initiated prosecution action against the building company that employed a labour hire backpacker who died as a result of a fall in 2016. WorkSafe’s investigation was conducted as a result of that death, and while no charges have been laid in relation to the incident, other breaches were identified during the course of the investigation and this prosecution is the result. Hanssen Pty...
WorkSafe
Media release
07 Nov 2019
It is important to understand the difference between whether a worker is an employee or a subcontractor as different obligations apply. For example, if a worker is legally an employee but they are instead engaged as a subcontractor, they may be entitled to claim for unpaid leave entitlements, penalty rates and superannuation. A subcontractor is not an employee, but rather a worker running their...
Labour Relations
Department News
07 Nov 2019
WorkSafe is investigating the work-related death of a 63-year-old truck driver at a workplace in Wootatting (near York) yesterday. The man was believed to have been performing repair or maintenance work on a truck in a workshop when he was caught between the wheel arch and the tyre. Inspectors travelled to the site last night and will continue to closely examine the circumstances of the incident...
WorkSafe
Media release
06 Nov 2019
A proactive inspection program looking at safety issues in WA’s child care centres has revealed a widespread lack of risk assessment and training in hazardous substances. The program, which included both government and private childcare centres in metropolitan and regional areas of the State, was undertaken because child care was a relatively new work area and had not been closely examined for...
WorkSafe
Media release
05 Nov 2019
WorkSafe is conducting a proactive inspection program to look at safety issues relating to tower cranes in service at WA construction sites. The program will continue until the end of the 2019/20 financial year, and will include tower cranes on construction sites in both metropolitan and regional areas of the State. WorkSafe Director Sally North said today an inspection program was being...
WorkSafe
Media release
31 Oct 2019
WorkSafe has issued a reminder on the safe movement of vehicles on worksites after the results of a Coronial Inquest into the death of a postal worker in 2015 were released. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Darren Kavanagh said today employers needed to ensure safe systems of work were developed and implemented in workplaces where vehicles and workers were present in the same area. “Wherever vehicles and...
WorkSafe
Media release
23 Oct 2019
All employers covered by the WA state industrial relations system are legally required to keep employment records. The state system covers businesses which operate as sole traders, unincorporated partnerships or unincorporated trusts. Employment records must be in English and can be written or electronic, as long as they can be printed. They must be kept for at least seven years after they are...
Labour Relations
Department News
18 Oct 2019
A building company has been fined $47,500 (and ordered to pay $1519 in costs) over an incident in which a 3.88-tonne tilt-up panel fell from a building under construction onto a neighbouring car park. Hanssen Pty. Ltd. was found guilty of failing to ensure that work was directly supervised by a person who had completed an approved course for managers and supervisors on a site where tilt-up work...
WorkSafe
Media release
15 Oct 2019
A Perth restaurant owner has been ordered by the Industrial Magistrates Court to pay a penalty of $1,500 for failing to provide employment records to a State Industrial Inspector. Mr Kamran Beykpour, the owner of SafaCity restaurant in Mount Lawley, was also ordered to pay costs of $1,000 and to produce the required employment records within seven days. The Court matter arose from Mr Beykpour...
Labour Relations
Media release
09 Oct 2019
WorkSafe has issued a warning to guard against the effects of extreme temperatures in work environments following a forecast of above-average temperatures this summer. The Bureau of Meteorology last week issued their summer outlook, forecasting daytime temperatures that are very likely to be above average across Australia. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Darren Kavanagh today reminded employers and...
WorkSafe
Media release
08 Oct 2019

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