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On 20 October 2021, the Industrial Relations Legislation Amendment Bill 2021 (the Bill) was introduced into State Parliament. The Bill seeks to make Easter Sunday a public holiday, extend coverage of minimum employment conditions to domestic workers employed directly by household employers, increase protection for vulnerable workers and tackle wage theft. The Bill is currently being considered by...
Labour Relations
Department News
20 Oct 2021
Wageline has published comprehensive information for state system employers and employees on the public holidays over the Christmas New Year period. This season's public holidays are: Christmas Day, Saturday 25 December 2021 and Monday 27 December 2021 Boxing Day, Sunday 26 December 2021 and Tuesday 28 December 2021 New Year's Day, Saturday 1 January 2022 and Monday 3 January 2022 When Christmas...
Labour Relations
Department News
04 Oct 2021
The public holiday for the Queen’s Birthday is Monday, 27 September 2021. Employment entitlements for public holidays will vary based on an employee's award coverage and employment arrangements. The Queen’s Birthday 2021 public holiday information page provides information for state system employers and employees on entitlements for: award free employees Shop and Warehouse (Wholesale and Retail...
Labour Relations
Department News
14 Sep 2021
A recent compliance matter that started with an anonymous report of wage theft has resulted in Private Sector Labour Relations industrial inspectors recovering over $17,000 in underpayments. The employer, who runs a regional accommodation business, conducted a self-audit after being contacted by an industrial inspector. The audit found that more than 30 employees, including chefs, wait and...
Labour Relations
Department News
06 Sep 2021
Children working at the Perth Royal Show It is nearly time for the Perth Royal Show, and Wageline is giving a timely reminder to all business owners, parents and young workers about children working at the Royal Show. There are restrictions on the ages children can work in Western Australia, and these laws apply to all workplaces including retail outlets, mobile food vans, and amusement rides at...
Labour Relations
Event
01 Sep 2021
Wageline has published new WA award summaries for the two WA awards that cover employees working in local government authorities in the state industrial relations system. The WA award summaries for the Local Government Officers Award and the Municipal Employees Award are now available on the WA award summaries page.
Labour Relations
Department News
23 Aug 2021
Wageline has a range of resources in languages other than English to help employees resolve underpayments and report wage theft. The Report Wage Theft website at www.wagetheft.wa.gov.au has information in Arabic, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Italian, Korean, Vietnamese and English that assists Western Australian workers with how to: seek help with resolving an underpayment issue or...
Labour Relations
Department News
19 Aug 2021
The owner of a former Perth based labour hire business has been issued a significant penalty of $22,704 for underpaying an international student more than $31,000 over a two year period. Garth Douglas Smith, trading as Hi Ho Personnel, has been ordered to repay the employee, who worked as a casual storeperson, $31,396.94 in underpayments plus over $6,500 interest and a penalty of $22,704 plus...
Labour Relations
Media release
18 Aug 2021
Wageline has new resources for small business employers at www.dmirs.wa.gov.au/WA-employers to explain: the two systems of employment law that operate in Western Australia and how to determine which one covers your business; and where to find information on pay rates and employment obligations for your employees so that you comply with your legal obligations. Many small business employers in WA...
Labour Relations
Department News
10 Aug 2021
The new Employee Central information hub helps WA workers with: working out which industrial relations system covers your employment (this is a really important first step) where to get the right information on pay rates getting help with underpayments reporting wage theft anonymously where to get help on other issues Employee central has been launched as part of the Employment Rights in WA...
Labour Relations
Department News
02 Aug 2021
Private Sector Labour Relations has just launched a new community education campaign to help Western Australian employers and employees understand employment rights. The Employment Rights in WA campaign aims to raise employers’ and employees’ awareness of their employment rights and obligations and the pathways for employees to resolve an alleged underpayment. A key part of the campaign is...
Labour Relations
Department News
27 Jul 2021
Wageline has just launched a publication to help small business owners who are new to employing staff. Understanding employment obligations - a guide for new employers in the state industrial relations system answers many of the questions commonly asked by new employers in the state industrial relations system. The guide is also very relevant for any small business owners who want to ensure they...
Labour Relations
Department News
19 Jul 2021
Business owners and their accountants need to be aware that when someone purchases a business or part of a business in Western Australia, if there has been a transmission of business, the new owner will take on the long service leave obligations for existing employees, and this is regardless of anything written in a sale of business contract. In order to be entitled to long service leave under...
Labour Relations
Department News
12 Jul 2021
In the 2020/21 financial year, Private Sector Labour Relations industrial inspectors recovered $1,240,151 in unpaid wages and leave entitlements for employees covered by state employment laws. A total of 199 complaints lodged with Private Sector Labour Relations resulted in $566,678 being recovered for employees, with a further $518,348 recovered through an ongoing proactive compliance campaign...
Labour Relations
Media release
06 Jul 2021
The school holidays are just starting and many young workers will be keen to earn some extra money by working over the break, but in Western Australia there are restrictions on where and when children under 15 can work. Employers, parents and young workers need to know that children who are 13 or 14 can only work in a shop, fast food outlet, cafe, restaurant or deliver newspapers or other...
Labour Relations
Department News
05 Jul 2021
On 24 June 2021, the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission increased the state minimum wage and all pay rates in WA awards effective from the first pay period on or after 1 July 2021. The state minimum wage for adult employees (21 and over) has increased by 2.5% or $19 per week to $779.00 per week. WA award rates of pay have increased by 2.5%. Junior rates and rates for apprentices...
Labour Relations
Department News
01 Jul 2021
The state minimum wage and all WA award rates of pay are increasing by 2.5% from the first pay period on or after 1 July 2021. The Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission issued the 2021 State Wage Case decision on 24 June 2021. Wageline now has available the July 2021 versions of its WA award summaries which include the new rates of pay that will apply from 1 July 2021, and has...
Labour Relations
Department News
30 Jun 2021
The Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission has today increased the state minimum wage and all pay rates in WA awards effective from the first pay period on or after 1 July 2021. The state minimum wage for adult employees (21 and over) will increase by 2.5% ($19 per week) to $779.00 per week. WA award rates of pay will also increase by 2.5%. Junior rates and rates for apprentices and...
Labour Relations
Department News
24 Jun 2021
Many WA awards require employees to be paid a location allowance when employed in certain regional towns. Location allowances have just been increased by the 2021 Location Allowance General Order, and new rates take effect from the first pay period on or after 1 July 2021. The new rates for each town and a list of the relevant WA awards are available on the Location Allowance for employees in...
Labour Relations
Department News
22 Jun 2021
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
16 Jun 2021
Award coverage for pharmacy assistants employed by businesses in the state industrial relations system has long been a complex and contested issue. On 3 May 2021, the Western Australian Industrial Appeal Court issued a decision determining that the state Shop and Warehouse (Wholesale and Retail Establishments) Award does cover pharmacy assistants. This decision is available on the WA Industrial...
Labour Relations
Department News
10 Jun 2021
There are two systems of employment law that operate in WA – the state industrial relations system and the national fair work system. These systems have different employment obligations, so getting the right information is critical. Employers and employees cannot choose which system they operate under. The state system includes businesses and organisations (and their employees) that operate as...
Labour Relations
Department News
08 Jun 2021
Wageline is marking one year since the launch of the WA long service leave calculator. Over the past year the long service leave calculator has proven to be a valuable tool for both employers and employees, with it being accessed over 74,000 times. The WA long service leave calculator provides an estimate of an employee’s long service leave entitlement when employment ends, for those covered by...
Labour Relations
Department News
03 Jun 2021
The owner of a hairdressing chain has been ordered to pay $90,000 in unpaid employment entitlements and interest to two employees. Wei Zhu - trading as Shining Quick Cuts – was ordered by the Industrial Magistrates Court to pay the employees their outstanding entitlements after enforcement action was taken by Private Sector Labour Relations. The order followed an investigation by industrial...
Labour Relations
Media release
01 Jun 2021
Each year Wageline receives many calls from employers and employees regarding deductions from pay. In the WA state industrial relations system, it is unlawful for an employer to deduct any money from an employee’s wages unless that deduction has been authorised in writing by the employee, or the deduction is authorised by a WA award or agreement, a court order, or a state or federal law. A common...
Labour Relations
Department News
24 May 2021

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