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Western Australia’s laws about when children can work apply during both school terms and in school holidays. Children of compulsory school age are not permitted to work during the hours when the child is required to attend school (or otherwise participate in an educational program of school). There are restrictions on the type of job and working hours for children under 15 years of age. These...
Labour Relations
Department News
30 Jan 2023
Higher penalties have been introduced for employers who contravene state employment laws or do not provide employees their legal employment entitlements. Under the new penalty provisions: maximum penalties for contravening an entitlement provision (for example, a provision of a WA award) have increased from $2,000 to $65,000 for bodies corporate and $13,000 for individuals maximum penalties for...
Labour Relations
Department News
16 Jan 2023
If you are planning ahead, you can find the public holidays dates for 2023, 2024 and 2025 on the Public holidays in Western Australia page.
Labour Relations
Department News
09 Jan 2023
The public holiday for Australia Day in 2023 is Thursday 26 January. Employment entitlements for public holidays will vary based on an employee's award coverage and employment arrangements. Visit the Australia Day public holiday entitlements 2023 page for details on the public holiday entitlements for Australia Day for state system employers and employees, including specific information for:...
Labour Relations
Department News
06 Jan 2023
Wageline will be closed from 4.30pm Friday 23 December 2022 to Monday 2 January 2023, and will reopen at 9am on Tuesday 3 January 2023. Information on employment obligations and entitlements will continue to be available during that period on the Wageline website . The Christmas – New Year 2022–2023 public holiday information provides state system employers and employees with: information on...
Labour Relations
Department News
20 Dec 2022
The owner of cafe Busselton Bean & Gone, Roger Clark, has been fined $7,725 by the Industrial Magistrates Court for failing to comply with a court order to produce employment records. An industrial inspector from the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety issued Mr Clark with two notices to produce employment records in 2021 as part of a proactive compliance campaign in the...
Labour Relations
Media release
20 Dec 2022
A range of new provisions were introduced in June 2022 in the state industrial relations system to increase employee protections and assist in combatting wage theft. The changes include new provisions which prohibit: employers compelling an employee to accept goods, accommodation or other services of any kind instead of money as part of the employee’s pay (‘payment in kind’) employers...
Labour Relations
Department News
14 Dec 2022
The December edition of the Wageline News has just been published. Read this latest edition on the Wageline News page.
Labour Relations
Department News
08 Dec 2022
Employers, parents and young people need to know all the special rules that apply when young people are working during the school holidays. Western Australia’s laws which restrict the types of jobs and work children can be employed to do, and the hours they can work, apply all year around. There are restrictions on the types of businesses that can employ children under 15 years of age. Children...
Labour Relations
Department News
07 Dec 2022
The Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission varied the state Electrical Contracting Industry Award to increase allowances on 24 November 2022. The variations take effect from the first pay period on or after 24 November 2022. Wageline’s WA award summary has been updated with the new allowance rates and can be viewed at www.dmirs.wa.gov.au/awardsummaries A full copy of the award can be...
Labour Relations
Department News
06 Dec 2022
The Christmas/New Year period is fast approaching. This season's public holidays are: Christmas Day, Sunday 25 December 2022 and Monday 26 December 2022 Boxing Day, Monday 26 December 2022 and Tuesday 27 December 2022 New Year's Day, Sunday 1 January 2023 and Monday 2 January 2023 When Christmas Day and New Year’s Day fall on a Sunday the following Monday is also a public holiday and when Boxing...
Labour Relations
Department News
05 Dec 2022
The Long Service Leave Act 1958 (LSL Act) applies to many state and national system employers and employees in Western Australia. On 20 June 2022, record keeping requirements under the LSL Act changed. Employers now need to keep additional long service leave records for each employee, and there are significant new penalties for not keeping required records, or keeping an employment record that...
Labour Relations
Department News
30 Nov 2022
State system employers are prohibited from advertising employment at a rate of pay that is less than the minimum wage applicable to the job. Enforcement action can be taken against an employer who has advertised employment at a rate of pay below the legal minimum and penalties apply. This provision is one of the new employment protections introduced by the Industrial Relations Legislation...
Labour Relations
Department News
23 Nov 2022
With Christmas not far away, now is the time for employers and employees in the state industrial relations system to check working arrangements for public holidays over the Christmas New Year period. This season’s public holidays are: Christmas Day, Sunday 25 December 2022 and Monday 26 December 2022. Boxing Day, Monday 26 December 2022 and Tuesday 27 December 2022. New Year’s Day, Sunday 1...
Labour Relations
Department News
21 Nov 2022
In June 2022, new compliance and enforcement provisions were introduced that provided enhanced powers and a new range of compliance tools that can be used by industrial inspectors. These new tools include the ability for industrial inspectors to issue compliance notices, infringement notices, and to enter into enforceable undertakings. Recently, industrial inspectors have commenced issuing...
Labour Relations
Department News
17 Nov 2022
The owners of two Perth cafes have been penalised a total of $14,300 for failing to produce employment records to an industrial inspector. Ahmed El Sayed Imam and Yan Desiree Hui - the owners of Sinamon café’s two locations at Victoria Park and Mt Lawley – were required by law to produce the employment records but failed to do so. Industrial inspectors from the Department of Mines, Industry...
Labour Relations
Media release
15 Nov 2022
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, Sunday 25 December 2022 and Monday 26 December 2022 Boxing Day, Monday 26 December 2022 and Tuesday 27 December 2022 New Year's Day, Sunday 1 January 2023 and Monday 2 January 2023 When Christmas Day...
Labour Relations
Department News
31 Oct 2022
The entitlement to two weeks’ unpaid pandemic leave has been extended for private sector state system employees. The unpaid pandemic leave provisions were implemented through the COVID-19 General Order issued by the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission on 25 March 2022. The General Order now applies until 31 January 2023, unless extended. The COVID-19 General Order applies to...
Labour Relations
Department News
27 Sep 2022
On the National Day of Mourning on Thursday, 22 September 2022 a special public holiday will be held in Western Australia. Wageline has published information on employment entitlements for state system employees on the National Day of Mourning public holiday page. Employers and employees covered by national fair work industrial relations system, including employees covered by national modern...
Labour Relations
Department News
14 Sep 2022
Monday, 26 September 2022 is a public holiday in Western Australia. This public holiday, previously known as the Queen’s Birthday public holiday, is now known as the King’s Birthday public holiday. Wageline has published public holiday information for state system employers and employees on the King's Birthday 2022 public holiday page. This page provides specific information on entitlements for:...
Labour Relations
Department News
14 Sep 2022
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 the Royal Show. Business owners and...
Labour Relations
Department News
13 Sep 2022
In the 2021/22 financial year, Private Sector Labour Relations industrial inspectors recovered $797,977 in unpaid wages and leave entitlements for employees covered by state employment laws. A total of 216 complaints lodged with Private Sector Labour Relations resulted in $514,693 being recovered for employees, with a further $197,367 recovered through ongoing proactive compliance campaigns in...
Labour Relations
Department News
20 Jul 2022
On 23 June 2022, 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 2022. The state minimum wage for adult employees (21 and over) has increased by $40.90 per week to $887.40 per week. WA award rates of pay have increased with award rates below $887.40 increasing by $40.90...
Labour Relations
Department News
01 Jul 2022
Wageline now has available the 1July 2022 versions of its WA award summaries which include the new rates of pay that will apply from the first pay period on or after 1 July 2022, and has published the new state minimum rates of pay for award free employees. Visit www.dmirs.wa.gov.au/awardsummaries for the July 2022 award summaries Visit www.dmirs.wa.gov.au/minimumpayrates for the new minimum...
Labour Relations
Department News
30 Jun 2022
Employers should start the new financial year right by making sure they are keeping the correct employment records. Additional record keeping obligations and pay slip requirements for state system employers commenced on 20 June 2022 Visit the Employment records – employment obligations page for details on record keeping requirements
Labour Relations
Department News
29 Jun 2022

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