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Wageline has just published information to assist state system employers and employees with public holiday arrangements for Easter 2024. The Western Australian public holidays for the 2024 Easter period are: Good Friday – Friday 29 March Easter Sunday – Sunday 31 March Easter Monday – Monday 1 April Visit the Easter 2024 public holiday entitlements page for details on the public holiday...
Labour Relations
Department News
19 Feb 2024
The public holiday for Labour Day in 2024 is Monday 4 March. Employment entitlements for public holidays will vary based on an employee's award coverage and employment arrangements. Visit the Labour Day public holiday entitlements 2024 page for details on the public holiday entitlements for Labour Day for state system employers and employees, including specific information for: Award free...
Labour Relations
Department News
05 Feb 2024
Industrial inspectors from Private Sector Labour Relations (PSLR) recovered over $500,000 in underpayments for Western Australian workers in 2023. This figure comes from both proactive compliance activities undertaken by PSLR inspectors, and complaints made to PSLR by employees about underpayments under WA awards and state employment laws. A total of 135 proactive inspections took place in 2023,...
Labour Relations
Department News
16 Jan 2024
The public holiday dates for 2024 are available on the Public Holidays in Western Australia page. Western Australia has 11 public holidays throughout the year, and prior to each public holiday, Wageline will publish information on public holiday entitlements for state system employees on the Public holiday pay and entitlements page. The next public holiday is Australia Day on Friday 26 January,...
Labour Relations
Department News
08 Jan 2024
Wageline will be closed from 4.30pm Friday 22 December 2023 to Monday 1 January 2024, and will reopen at 9am on Tuesday 2 January 2024. Information on employment obligations and entitlements will continue to be available during that period on our website. The Christmas – New Year 2023–2024 public holiday information provides state system employers and employees with: information on which dates...
Labour Relations
Department News
21 Dec 2023
The Area and Scope clauses for three key state Clerks Awards have been updated to expand their coverage to a broader range of clerical employees. The main changes to the coverage of the awards are: The Clerks (Commercial, Social and Professional Services) Award is now a broad-based occupational award that applies to all private sector clerical employees who are not covered by another WA award...
Labour Relations
Department News
21 Dec 2023
School holidays are starting soon, and employers, parents and young workers should know that in Western Australia there are restrictions on where and when children under 15 can work during school holidays and school terms. Find out more on the When children can work page or call Wageline on 1300 655 266 for details.
Labour Relations
Department News
11 Dec 2023
The festive season is fast approaching and employers can get prepared by checking the pay rates employees must be paid on public holidays and other public holiday employment obligations. This season's public holidays are: Christmas Day, Monday 25 December 2023 Boxing Day, Tuesday 26 December 2023 New Year’s Day, Monday 1 January 2024. Employers and employees in the state industrial relations...
Labour Relations
Department News
01 Dec 2023
During November, Private Sector Labour Relations industrial inspectors are conducting a proactive compliance campaign in the Mandurah/Rockingham area of WA. The campaign focusses on inspecting businesses in industries with known high levels of non-compliance such as cafes and restaurants, hairdressers, beauty salons and retailers. Private Sector Labour Relations is responsible for ensuring...
Labour Relations
Department News
22 Nov 2023
The Area and Scope and Definitions clauses of the state Farm Employees Award have been updated to expand the coverage of this WA award to a broader range of farm employees and their employers. This change, which is effective from 21 November2023, was made as part of a process being undertaken by the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission to update the scope of a number of private...
Labour Relations
Department News
22 Nov 2023
The Area and Scope and Definitions clauses of the state Metal Trades (General) Award have been updated to expand the coverage of this WA award to a broader range of employees and their employers. This change, which is effective from 21 November 2023, was made as part of a process being undertaken by the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission to update the scope of a number of private...
Labour Relations
Department News
22 Nov 2023
Two systems of employment law operate for the private sector in Western Australia, the state industrial relations system and the national fair work system. Working out which system covers an employer and its employees is the first step in understanding and complying with employment rights and obligations and this depends on the employer’s business structure. The Guide to who is in the WA state...
Labour Relations
Department News
13 Nov 2023
Wageline has published our annual comprehensive information for state system employers and employees on the employment arrangements for the public holidays over the Christmas New Year period. This season’s public holidays are: Christmas Day, Monday 25 December 2023 Boxing Day, Tuesday 26 December 2023 New Year’s Day, Monday 1 January 2024. The Christmas - New Year 2023-2024 public holiday...
Labour Relations
Department News
31 Oct 2023
The Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission has amended the state Electrical Contracting Industry Award to increase allowances. These changes are effective from the first full pay period on or after 29 September 2023. Wageline’s WA award summary - Electrical Contracting Industry Award has been updated with the new allowance rates. The WA award can be found on the Western Australian...
Labour Relations
Department News
30 Oct 2023
Under the WA Long Service Leave Act , when an employee completes 10 years of continuous employment, they are entitled to take 8.667 weeks of paid long service leave. An employee is entitled to take another 4.333 weeks of paid long service leave for every further 5 years of continuous employment. This entitlement applies to full time, part time and casual employees. The term continuous employment...
Labour Relations
Department News
23 Oct 2023
The Area, Scope and Definitions clauses of the state Restaurant, Tearoom and Catering Workers Award have been updated to improve clarity about coverage of this WA award. This change, which is effective from 12 October 2023, was made as part of a process being undertaken by the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission to update the scope of a number of private sector WA awards...
Labour Relations
Department News
17 Oct 2023
The Area and Scope clause of the state Cleaners and Caretakers Award has been updated to improve clarity about coverage of this WA award. This change, which is effective from 12 October 2023, was made as part of a process being undertaken by the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission to update the scope of a number of private sector WA awards. Specifically, the changes to the Cleaners...
Labour Relations
Department News
17 Oct 2023
Private Sector Labour Relations industrial inspectors were at the Perth Royal Show this year to conduct a proactive compliance campaign. The campaign focussed on ensuring state system employers were paying staff correctly, keeping correct employment records and on the employment of children under 15 years. Private Sector Labour Relations is responsible for ensuring all businesses in the state...
Labour Relations
Department News
11 Oct 2023
Since 2019, the Report Wage Theft in Western Australia website has helped WA workers find out how to report underpayments of wages or employment entitlements online. Recently the website has been expanded from providing information in 7 languages to 13 languages. This information assists Western Australian workers with how to: seek help with resolving an underpayment issue or unpaid annual or...
Labour Relations
Department News
09 Oct 2023
The Area and Scope clause of the state Contract Cleaners Award has been updated to improve clarity about coverage of this WA award. This change, which is effective from 13 September 2023 , was made as part of a process being undertaken by the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission to update the scope of a number of private sector WA awards. Specifically, the changes to the Contract...
Labour Relations
Department News
13 Sep 2023
The 2023 Perth Royal Show is being held in late September. There are laws which set restrictions on what ages children can work in Western Australia which apply to all workplaces including retail outlets, mobile food vans, and amusement rides at the Royal Show. Written parental permission is required for some young workers. Business owners and parents need to know: 15 years old is the youngest a...
Labour Relations
Department News
11 Sep 2023
Monday, 25 September 2023 is the King’s Birthday public holiday in Western Australia. Wageline has published public holiday information for state system employers and employees on the King’s Birthday 2023 public holiday page. This page provides specific information on entitlements for: award free employees Shop and Warehouse (Wholesale and Retail Establishments) Award Restaurant, Tearoom and...
Labour Relations
Department News
16 Aug 2023
Under the WA Long Service Leave Act , an employee’s entitlement to long service leave depends on the length of their continuous employment with a business or organisation. The term continuous employment is not restricted to service with just the existing employer, but can also include employers who previously owned the business. If a new employer buys or takes over a business, and retains the...
Labour Relations
Department News
15 Aug 2023
Wageline’s Making a complaint about underpayment of wages or entitlements page has helped many WA employees understand and follow the steps in the process for making an underpayment complaint to Private Sector Labour Relations. This information is now available in a total of 13 languages, with information added to the page on how to make a complaint in Punjabi, Persian, Thai, Spanish, Indonesian...
Labour Relations
Department News
04 Aug 2023
Under the WA Long Service Leave Act , after 7 years of continuous employment an employee may have an entitlement to payment of long service leave when their employment ends due to resignation, dismissal, redundancy or if the employee dies. This entitlement applies to full time, part time and casual employees. This entitlement depends on the length of the employee’s continuous employment, which...
Labour Relations
Department News
31 Jul 2023

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