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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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The BCI Code contains various reporting or notification obligations for building contractors. The requirements are contained in paragraph 20 (Industrial Action), paragraph 25 (Collusive tendering), paragraph 26 (Private Covered Building Work) and paragraph 27 (Breaches of the BCI Code). All reports...
Reporting obligations
The awards recognise outstanding OSH management, solutions and innovation in Western Australian workplaces and are now open for submissions. WorkSafe strongly encourages you to submit an entry for a worthy individual, solution or organisation and would appreciate you informing your colleagues and...
Work Safety Awards
David Hillyard was appointed as Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection in December 2015. Prior to this, he was the Director of Consumer Protection’s Retail and Services Directorate. David has worked with Consumer Protection for over 35 years and has been in senior management roles where most...
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Are there signs of unhealthy workplace behaviour in your workplace, where staff are not getting on or they feel they have been treated unfairly? While each of us are human and act respectfully most of the time, there are occasions when behaviours can get out of hand and the mental health of those...
Information sessions and workshops
The Children and Community Services Act 2004 regulates the employment of children under the age of 15 years in Western Australia. T hese child employment laws apply to all Western Australian employers. This includes employers covered by the state industrial relations system and WA awards and...
When children can work
The Western Australian Government is committed to supporting public sector employees experiencing family and domestic violence (FDV) by helping them to maintain their employment and participate safely in the workplace. Premier’s Circular 2017/07 Family and Domestic Violence – Paid Leave and...
Family and Domestic Violence - Paid Leave and Workplace Support
In Western Australia workers have been killed by lightning, the most recent in 2014 when a backpacker working on a farm at Bruce Rock died after she was struck by lightning. Workers are most at risk working out in the open, on the sea or other waterways or sheltering under trees or other structures...
Environmental factors
The acronym GHS stands for The Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals. The system was developed by the United Nations with the intention of harmonising the many different chemical classification systems in use around the world. The GHS provides a classification...
Hazardous substances

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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
This page provides a PDF version of the latest editions of the Wageline Newsletter. Wageline Newsletter is an email service which updates you on: increases to the state minimum wage and WA award...
Labour Relations
Newsletter
11 Dec 2017
Slips & trips are a serious issue in most workplaces and account for approximately 23.5% of all lost time injuries every year. Use the practical guide, toolbox talk and posters to assist you in...
WorkSafe
Information
24 Aug 2017
Wageline's employee or subcontractor fact sheet provides a publication format version of the information on the Employee or subcontractor page of this website for ease of printing.
Labour Relations
Fact sheet
07 Aug 2017

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WorkSafe is conducting a proactive inspection program to look for the presence of asbestos in plant and machinery. The program will look at a wide range of imported plant, from rail carriages to quad bikes and many other types of machinery to see if they contain any asbestos. WorkSafe Director Sally North said today asbestos had recently been found in the friction plates of rail carriages...
WorkSafe
Media release
12 Jan 2018
Determining whether a worker is a subcontractor or employee can be complex. It is important to get this right because it can be costly for a business if you get it wrong. A subcontractor is not an employee, but rather a worker running their own independent business. This means they have control over the fees they charge, their own working hours, and they can perform work for more than one...
Labour Relations
Department News
09 Jan 2018
As of January 1 2018, for the period to March 31 2018, the State has a new WorkSafe WA Commissioner. Ian Munns has commenced in the position after previous Commissioner Lex McCulloch retired from the Public Service at the end of 2017. Mr Munns also holds the title of A/Deputy Director General, Safety Regulation. He moves into the role from his previous role as A/Executive Director, Building...
WorkSafe
Department News
08 Jan 2018
The public holiday dates have been released for the year 2020. The Public holidays in Western Australia page has been updated to include these dates. For the dates of previous years public holidays visit the Previous years public holiday dates page .
Labour Relations
Department News
02 Jan 2018
Employers have been reminded to ensure they are aware of all the special rules that apply when employing young people during the school holidays. Director of Labour Relations Private Sector Lorraine Field said today it was crucial that potential employers of young people understood the restrictions that are in place. “The Christmas holidays are the perfect time for teenagers to earn some money,”...
Labour Relations
Media release
18 Dec 2017
WA’s Commission for Occupational Safety and Health has released a new online kit to help workplaces prevent slips and trips and meet their responsibilities under workplace safety legislation. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch warned today that almost a quarter (23.5 per cent) of all lost time injuries suffered each year were caused by slips and trips. “The number of slips and trips that...
WorkSafe
Media release
14 Dec 2017
Western Australians have been encouraged to ensure their Christmas lights are approved, safe and in good working order this holiday season. Acting Director of Energy Safety Saj Khan today advised consumers to check their Christmas lights before use to ensure they were safe and being used correctly. “Decorating with Christmas tree and fairy lights is a common tradition during the festive season...
EnergySafety
Media release
13 Dec 2017
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

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