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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...
WA pay rates and award summaries
A Western Australian employee covered by a WA award or industrial agreement requiring superannuation contributions to be paid into a fund is entitled to ‘choice of fund’ under the Industrial Relations Act 1979 (WA) ( the IR Act ). Other employees eligible for superannuation may be entitled to...
Choice of superannuation fund
This page contains frequently asked questions on forklifts. Do I always have to wear the seat belt when operating a forklift truck? Yes. Regulation 4.44 of the Occupational Safety and Health Regulations 1996 states that an employer must ensure that the operator of the forklift uses the seat belt...
Forklifts
Did you know? The most common metal guillotine injuries are crushed or amputated fingers. Most of these accidents are not caused by the blade of the guillotine, but by the clamps that hold the sheet of metal being cut. Other injuries are from fingers jamming under the sheet of metal being cut, and...
Plant and machinery
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...
Bereavement leave
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...
Parental leave
Chemicals, just like any other hazard, need to be managed. The information on this page will assist you in achieving this. What should I do to manage chemical hazards? Employers and self employed people have a legal responsibility to obtain adequate information about hazardous substances used in...
Hazardous substances
It is mandatory for employers to release employees who are members of the Reserve to undertake defence service, including defence service training. It is an offence under the federal Defence Reserve Service (Protection) Act for an employer to dismiss or otherwise disadvantage an employee for...
Defence reserve service
Employers are required to continue to pay employees their normal wages or salary when they are summonsed to attend court as a juror or witness. There are significant penalties that apply if an employer refuses to pay or acts in a detrimental way to an employee undertaking jury duty. Employers can...
Jury service
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...
Sick and carer's leave

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The Occupational Health and Safety Act 1984 imposes a legal duty on employers to do what is reasonably practicable to eliminate or minimise risk to employee health and safety. This duty extends to protection from potential harm associated with work related stress.
WorkSafe
Fact sheet
26 May 2014
This fact sheet demonstrates how employers can apply this risk management approach to any work environment with the goal of eliminating or minimising potential causes of work related stress as far as reasonably practicable.
WorkSafe
Fact sheet
12 Jun 2014
This fact sheet contains information on preventing and managing psychological health for small businesses in relation to their duty of care under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 198 4.
WorkSafe
Fact sheet
21 May 2014
The WorkSafe Plan is for organisations with workplaces under the jurisdiction of Western Australian safety and health legislation. The WorkSafe Plan may be used as a management tool for organisations outside the jurisdiction of WorkSafe, but those organisations are not eligible for Certificates of Achievement issued by the Department of Commerce, WorkSafe Division. This guide is for use by assessors and others who are familiar with how to conduct a workplace assessment and apply the WorkSafe Plan rating method.
WorkSafe
Guide / handbook
21 May 2014
An unloaded steel wire rope sling dislodged from the ramshorn hook on the main block of a 150 tonne crawler crane, falling approximately 30m and striking an employee, causing fatal injuries. While...
WorkSafe
Alert
29 Jun 2017
A mechanical fitter was seriously injured while removing the rear wheel assembly from a Chamberlain Champion R1250 back-steer loader with an air operated impact wrench. Unbeknown to the fitter, the...
WorkSafe
Alert
29 Jun 2017
A construction worker fell approximately three metres off a balcony at a construction site, sustaining a fractured wrist. Two steel props had been installed to act as edge protection to the balcony...
WorkSafe
Alert
29 Jun 2017
A self-employed roof plumber died after falling off the roof of a multi-storey apartment building. He had been at the site to repair a leak in the roof. At the time of the incident, he was not using...
WorkSafe
Alert
29 Jun 2017
A 32-year-old roof carpenter working in Baldivis was hospitalised during June when he was struck in the eye. The roof carpenter was using a nail gun to fix holding down straps to the battens on a...
WorkSafe
Alert
29 Jun 2017
During recent workplace inspections, WorkSafe Inspectors have discovered several wool presses which have been inadequately guarded. The majority of wool presses inspected have had an emergency stop...
WorkSafe
Alert
29 Jun 2017

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A Wundowie consumer has reported a home entertainment system he had bought from back of van conmen began to catch fire in his home, sparking a warning from Consumer Protection. The incident comes amid a growing number of reports suggesting a sharp increase in travelling conmen activity in Perth in recent months. The Wundowie man had bought the television projection and surround sound system from...
Consumer Protection
Media release
07 Nov 2013
November is Australia’s first national Asbestos Awareness Month, and WorkSafe has added its voice to reminders about the hazards of asbestos. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said today that WA had a particular interest in reminding workers and the community about the dangers of asbestos. “Unfortunately we have the sad legacy of Wittenoom to remind us of the potential hazards of asbestos,...
WorkSafe
Media release
04 Nov 2013
Scammers operating on dating and social network websites are using a new tactic to con money from their victims by asking for an identity and criminal record check through a bogus website. Using fake profiles on dating and social media websites, the scammers make contact with their victims and establish an online relationship. The criminals then suggest a face-to-face meeting, but tell their...
Consumer Protection
Media release
01 Nov 2013
A Canning Vale motor vehicle repair company and its Director have been fined a total of $33,000 by the Armadale Magistrates Court for posting fake online testimonials. The company, Franjapara Pty Ltd trading as Automotive, Mechanical and Electrical, was fined $25,000 and its Director Anthony Parasiliti was fined $8,000 today after pleading guilty to making false or misleading representations in...
Consumer Protection
Media release
01 Nov 2013
Building Commissioner Peter Gow says a new transitional arrangement with current providers of home indemnity insurance in Western Australia will mean that it is business as usual. The transitional arrangement gives the Government time to consider and consult on recommendations in the Economic Regulation Authority’s inquiry into Western Australia’s home indemnity insurance arrangements, which was...
Building Commission
Media release
29 Oct 2013
Fill up today if you want to pay less for your petrol – that’s the advice from FuelWatch. On Thursday, 31 October 2013, most BP, Caltex, Caltex Woolworths and Coles Express sites are hiking their ULP price up to 149.9 cents per litre (cpl). Most Gull sites are increasing their ULP price up to 148.9 cpl and most Peak sites up to 147.9 cpl. Tomorrow's metropolitan average price for ULP will be 147...
Consumer Protection
Media release
30 Oct 2013
A new and updated version of workplace safety and health resource WorkSafe SmartMove was launched today by Commerce Minister Michael Mischin. SmartMove is a free-of-charge resource for senior high school students and young workers who are entering the workforce on work placements, work experience or as school-based apprentices or trainees. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch stressed the...
WorkSafe
Media release
25 Oct 2013
The five winners of the prestigious 2013 Work Safety Awards Western Australia were announced this morning. Technology Assisting Disability WA, WA Police, Centurion, Joseph Dunbar and Michael Garstone are the winners of the award categories and will now be entered into the national Safe Work Australia Awards. WorkSafe WA Commissioner Lex McCulloch said this morning the five winners were examples...
WorkSafe
Media release
25 Oct 2013
Fill up today if you want to pay less for your petrol – that’s the advice from FuelWatch. On Thursday, 24 October 2013, most Coles Express sites are hiking their ULP price by 13 cents per litre (cpl) up to 153.9 cpl. Most BP and Caltex sites are increasing their ULP price up to 152.9 cpl, most Caltex Woolworths and Gull sites up to 151.9 cpl and most Peak sites up to 150.9 cpl. Tomorrow's...
Consumer Protection
Media release
23 Oct 2013
WorkSafe is investigating the work-related death of a 48-year-old worker at Narrogin late yesterday. The man was moving hay bales with a forklift at Narrogin Hay yesterday morning when he was struck by a prong of a pitchfork attachment on another forklift. He was airlifted to Perth, but died last night. Inspectors travelled to the site yesterday and are interviewing witnesses and investigating...
WorkSafe
Media release
23 Oct 2013

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