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'Cancer' is a term for diseases in which abnormal cells divide without control. The term cancer covers a range of different diseases. There are a number of well-known sets of circumstances which have demonstrated the link between some occupational exposures and some types of cancer. The...
Diseases and health
Before selecting a licenced asbestos removalist, you may wish to confirm that the material to be removed contains asbestos. Only a competent person who has appropriate training, knowledge and experience can identify asbestos containing material (ACM) and determine if the ACM is friable or non-...
Asbestos licensing
To obtain a High Risk Work Licence you will need to be trained by a Registered Training Organisation and assessed by a WorkSafe Registered Assessor. This directory lists assessors who are affiliated with a Registered Training Organisation. At the completion of your training and assessment your...
How to become a high risk work registered assessor
In Western Australia certain demolition work must be carried out by a WorkSafe demolition licence holder. There are three types of demolition licence , please ensure you select the right type of licence holder for the work to be carried out. Find a demolition licence holder Search this directory to...
Demolition licence
Inhalation of respirable asbestos fibres may cause diseases such as asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma. Risk factors include the dose (number of fibres inhaled), lifetime exposure, fibre type, smoking status and genetics. If the health of a person is at risk as a result of exposure to...
Asbestos
Listed below are the licencing fees for asbestos, demolition, high risk work and high risk work assessors . These fees are current as of 1 July 2016 until 30 June 2017. Please note: No GST is payable on fees. Asbestos Application for restricted asbestos licence : $794 Application for renewal of...
Application forms
Businesses and employers should always conduct a thorough licence check before engaging workers. When selecting a person to do work that requires a High Risk Work Licence, businesses and employers must consider their duties under the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 by: satisfying yourself...
High risk work licence
This information has been developed and compiled to assist small business manage safety and health in the workplace. Workplace safety forms Compliance tool for hazardous substances Hazard identification form Job Safety Analysis (JSA) Quick safety quiz for small business Safety Action Plan Toolbox...
Small business
This page contains frequently asked questions relating to small business. Why it is important to have good OSH practice in the small business sector? The small business sector is an important contributor to the Western Australia economy. This sector creates jobs and provides products and services...
Small business
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Every Building Contractor who is covered by the BCI Code must have a freedom of association policy in place for the time they remain covered by the BCI Code.
WA Building and Construction Code Monitoring Unit
Guidance note
07 Aug 2017
A Head Contractor who enters into a contract for State Building Work exceeding $10 million in value must have a BCI Code compliant WRMP in place prior to commencing work.
WA Building and Construction Code Monitoring Unit
Guidance note
07 Aug 2017
WorkSafe Western Australia is the government agency responsible for regulating WA’s occupational safety and health (OSH) legislation. When incidents occur at workplaces, employers are required to...
WorkSafe
Fact sheet
10 Apr 2017
Recently WorkSafe has seen scaffolding where damaged components and unsafe practices were used in the erection of the scaffold. These included broken connection lugs and components secured with wire...
WorkSafe
Bulletin
07 Apr 2017
A checklist for removing non-friable (bonded) asbestos, for both licenced asbestos removalists and for those removing small quantities (less than 10 m2) who do not require a licence.
WorkSafe
Checklist
31 Mar 2017
A builder who engages contractors or directly employs people has obligations to meet safety and health requirements under the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 (the Act). The Act also sets out...
WorkSafe
Bulletin
16 Mar 2017
Wageline's Long Service Leave in Western Australia fact sheet provides a publication format version of the information on the Long Service Leave page of this website for ease of printing.
Labour Relations
Fact sheet
07 Aug 2017
Wageline has produced an Employer Information Pack for employers and store managers running a shop, restaurant, fast food or takeaway food business. The Employer Information Pack Employment of...
Labour Relations
Fact sheet
25 Jul 2017
This checklist applies where any inspection, cleaning, repair, maintenance or alteration of plant is carried out or where the function or condition of plant is impaired to the extent that it presents...
WorkSafe
Checklist
25 Jan 2017
This occupational safety and health (OSH) handout has been developed to assist employers, self-employed persons, persons having control of workplaces and employees working in airport operations and...
WorkSafe
Checklist
16 Jan 2017

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Employees in the state industrial relations system have an entitlement to carers leave from the Minimum Conditions of Employment Act 1993 . A full time or part time employee is entitled to use paid sick leave to care for a member of their family or household who is injured or ill. In the first year of employment, a full time or part time employee can use any paid sick leave that he or she has...
Labour Relations
Department News
26 Jul 2017
A proactive inspection program looking at safety in plant and plant movement in the retail and transport industries has found improvements in some areas, but areas of concern in others. The inspection program was conducted throughout the 2016/17 financial year in Perth and regional areas of the State, focusing on plant and plant movement risk factors in the retail and transport industries...
WorkSafe
Media release
13 Jul 2017
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 1994 ; and Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Safety Levies Act 2011 . The development of the Bill...
WorkSafe
Alert
12 Jul 2017
The Operation Manager of a roofing company has been fined $7500 (and ordered to pay costs of $517) after a labourer was seriously injured in a fall through a skylight. Charles Roy Farmer pleaded guilty to failing to take reasonable care to avoid adversely affecting another person and, by that failure, causing serious harm and was fined in the Fremantle Magistrates Court on June 26.. In September...
WorkSafe
Media release
07 Jul 2017
WorkSafe has issued a warning to keep children out of hazardous workplaces – particularly farms – during the school holidays. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said today workplaces were not the ideal places to take children, especially potentially hazardous ones like farms. “What needs to be kept in mind is that a farm is a workplace that frequently contains plant and machinery that can be...
WorkSafe
Media release
05 Jul 2017
A WorkSafe assessor has been fined $14,000 and had his registration cancelled for a second time after he was found guilty of breaching his duties as an assessor. Kenneth Sully was found guilty of seven charges of failing to assess competency in accordance with the assessment instrument, and was fined in the Perth Magistrates Court on June 16. Mr Sully’s certificate of registration as a WorkSafe...
WorkSafe
Media release
05 Jul 2017
Many WA awards require employees to be paid a location allowance when working in certain regional towns. A location allowance is paid to employees in regional areas to compensate for the additional cost of living, climatic discomfort, and isolation in these towns. The location allowance is varied in July each year, in accordance with the Consumer Price Index for the cost of living, excluding...
Labour Relations
Department News
11 Jul 2017
Since it was published in February, Wageline's newly revised Guide to who is in the WA state system has been one of the most popular new pages on the Wageline website. Two different industrial relations systems operate in WA, the state system and the national fair work system. Which system applies to a particular business or organisation and its employees depends on the type of business...
Labour Relations
Department News
17 Jul 2017
The state minimum wage for award free employees and all pay rates in WA awards have increased effective from the first pay period on or after 1 July 2017. In June the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission awarded a $16 per week increase in the state minimum wage for adult award free employees, lifting it to $708.90 per week from 1 July 2017. WA Award rates of pay below $791.90 per...
Labour Relations
Department News
01 Jul 2017
Wageline gets many calls from employers and employees about long service leave obligations when business ownership changes. The state long service leave obligations in the Long Service Leave Act apply to most WA businesses, including businesses covered by national modern awards. Under the Long Service Leave Act the length of employment for an employee's long service leave entitlements is based on...
Labour Relations
Department News
09 Jun 2017

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