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There are age restrictions on the type of job and working hours for children. These laws apply to all Western Australian businesses and all employers in the state and national industrial relations systems. As long as the work does not prevent school attendance, children of any age can: work in a...
When children can work
There are many different ways to make workplaces more flexible depending on what suits the size and nature of a business. Before implementing any changes to work arrangements, employers should check employment laws and the relevant award or industrial agreement. Flexible leave options Purchased...
Flexible workplaces
Flexible work options can help attract and retain mature age staff and overcome skills shortages in your business. By employing mature age workers, your business can: solve skill shortages in a cost effective way reduce staff turnover and recruitment costs have a diverse workforce with a range of...
Flexible workplaces
Flexible work arrangements can assist employers to attract and retain skilled staff. Implementing flexible work in your business may help: reduce absenteeism and staff turnover increase staff satisfaction and productivity cope with workload peaks and urgent tasks encourage return from parental...
Flexible workplaces
The information on this page applies only to employers and employees in the WA state industrial relations system. The state system covers businesses which operate as sole traders, unincorporated partnerships, unincorporated trust arrangements as well as any incorporated associations or not for...
Dismissal
The information on this page applies only to employers and employees in the WA state industrial relations system. The state system covers businesses which operate as sole traders, unincorporated partnerships, unincorporated trust arrangements as well as any incorporated associations or not for...
Resignation
The information on this page applies only to employers and employees in the WA state industrial relations system. The state system covers businesses which operate as sole traders, unincorporated partnerships, unincorporated trust arrangements as well as any incorporated associations or not for...
Redundancy
The information on this page applies only to employers and employees in the WA state industrial relations system. The state system covers businesses which operate as sole traders, unincorporated partnerships, unincorporated trust arrangements as well as any incorporated associations or not for...
Dismissal
When an employer offers someone a job, an employment contract is being entered into. This is a legal relationship under which both the employer and the employee have rights and obligations. Generally an employment contract is made between the employer and a new employee when: there is an offer of...
Employment contracts
For a business to be successful, it needs the best people. This page provides information on recruitment, induction, managing and motivating your employees. Job descriptions A job description is a list of responsibilities and functions required in a particular job. Having a job description written...
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Slips, trips and falls are among the most common hazards in the café and restaurant industry. This bulletin may assist retailers identify risks and suggests possible control measures.
WorkSafe
Bulletin
21 May 2014
This bulletin sets out duties that could be relevant to people that may work on an owner builder site, which is considered a workplace under the definitions of the Act.
WorkSafe
Bulletin
14 Mar 2016
Does your business operate in an area that is subject to cyclones?
WorkSafe
Bulletin
21 May 2014
Do you need information on controlling the risks of nanotechnology?
WorkSafe
Bulletin
21 May 2014
This information bulletin provides guidance for wearing helmets on construction sites in accordance with the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984 and Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996.
WorkSafe
Bulletin
21 Jul 2016
This information bulletin is intended to provide guidance to employers and employees for the selection, use and maintenance of personal protective gloves. Should gloves be worn? The three steps in...
WorkSafe
Bulletin
11 Mar 2016
What types of guarding should be used on food mixers?
WorkSafe
Bulletin
21 May 2014
Do you operate or work in a bakery?
WorkSafe
Bulletin
14 Mar 2016
Do you think you have been treated unfairly, inappropriately and/or unreasonably at work, then go to this document to see which agency will be able to assist you.
WorkSafe
Directory
21 May 2014
Do you need a worksheet to help you manage the risks of slips, trips and falls?
WorkSafe
Information
21 May 2014

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WorkSafe has issued a reminder to pay particular attention to safety when returning to work after the festive season. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said today that nine Western Australians had lost their lives in work-related incidents so far this financial year, and employers and workers should guard against complacency. “People returning to work after the festive break need to be...
WorkSafe
Media release
08 Jan 2014
Consumer Protection is investigating concerns about men dressed as Buddhist monks collecting cash in exchange for prayer beads, amulets or spiritual guidebooks. In the last few days there have been numerous reports of shaven headed men in brown coloured robes asking for charitable donations of $20, $30 or $40 on the streets of Perth. Previously there have been sightings in Mandurah. The Buddhist...
Consumer Protection
Media release
06 Jan 2014
Consumer Protection has issued an alert concerning a Perth furniture maker who has taken large deposits from customers, but failed to carry out the work. Paul Stewart, trading as Solid Timber Furniture (deregistered) formerly of Naval Base and Port Kennedy, has taken substantial deposits from numerous consumers totalling more than $22,000 and has failed to fulfil the orders for furniture which...
Consumer Protection
Media release
07 Jan 2014
Fill up today if you want to pay less for your petrol – that’s the advice from FuelWatch. On Thursday, 2 January 2014, most Coles Express sites will hike their ULP price by 16 cents per litre (cpl) up to 164.9 cpl. Most Caltex sites will increase their ULP price to 163.9 cpl, BP, Caltex Woolworths and Gull sites will rise to 162.9 cpl and most Peak sites to 161.9 cpl. Tomorrow's metropolitan...
Consumer Protection
Media release
01 Jan 2014
Redeem gift cards as soon as possible after Christmas – that’s the advice from Consumer Protection. A total of 37 complaints relating to gift cards have been received by the agency so far this year as well as 133 enquiries. Most were received soon after Christmas last year. Commissioner for Consumer Protection Anne Driscoll encouraged consumers to be mindful of terms and conditions which may...
Consumer Protection
Media release
23 Dec 2013
EnergySafety and Western Power inspectors are assisting police to investigate the death of a man in his early 70s at Ledge Point this morning. The man was believed to have been in his own roof space when he died. Inspectors have indicated at this stage it is unclear if electricity was involved. EnergySafety thoroughly investigates electricity and gas related incidents in WA with a view to...
EnergySafety
Media release
27 Dec 2013
Koondoola painter Trajce Punevski, currently trading as Gnangara Painting Services, has been successfully prosecuted by the Building Commissioner for carrying out painting without registration and using a cancelled registration number on his vehicle and business card. Punevski was found guilty of three charges at the Perth Magistrates Court on 6 December 2013 and ordered to pay fines of $5,000...
Building Commission
Media release
19 Dec 2013
Consumer Protection is warning Western Australians about phone scammers pretending to be a reputable company and offering technical support in order to get access to your computer and your money. After numerous alerts issued by WA ScamNet over the last four years, the number of people reporting that they have been caught up in ‘the Microsoft scam’ has decreased but the total monetary loss has...
Consumer Protection
Media release
20 Dec 2013
Fill up today if you want to pay less for your petrol – that’s the advice from FuelWatch. On Thursday, 19 December 2013, most Caltex sites are hiking their ULP price by 14 cents per litre (cpl) up to 159.9 cpl. Most Coles Express sites are also increasing their ULP price up to 159.9 cpl; most BP, Gull and Caltex Woolworths sites up to 158.9 cpl, and most Peak sites to 157.9 cpl. Tomorrow's...
Consumer Protection
Media release
18 Dec 2013
Chicken Treat Collie has been fined $11,000 (plus $1316.00 in costs) over an incident in 2010 where a young worker received serious burns. Pageys Pty Ltd – trading as Chicken Treat Collie – pleaded guilty last month to failing to provide a safe work environment, and was fined in the Bunbury Magistrates Court last week. The fine was reduced considerably because the employer pleaded guilty and had...
WorkSafe
Media release
19 Dec 2013

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