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Many WA awards require employers to pay an employee working in certain regional towns a location allowance to compensate for the additional cost of living, climatic discomfort, and isolation in these towns. Location allowance is varied annually in accordance with the Consumer Price Index for Perth, excluding housing. The location allowance payable for each town will increase from the first pay...
Labour Relations
Department News
24 Jun 2019
The State minimum wage for award free employees and all pay rates in WA awards increase effective from the first pay period on or after 1 July 2019. In June the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission awarded a 2.75% increase in the State minimum wage for award free adult employees, lifting it to $746.90 per week. WA award rates of pay were also increased by 2.75%. Junior rates and...
Labour Relations
Department News
24 Jun 2019
The Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission has increased the state minimum wage and all pay rates in WA awards effective from the first pay period on or after 1 July 2019. The Commission has today awarded a 2.75% increase in the state minimum wage for employees who have reached 21 years of age, lifting it to $746.90 per week. WA award rates of pay will also increase by 2.75%. Junior...
Labour Relations
Department News
14 Jun 2019
Private Sector Labour Relations has now concluded its proactive compliance campaign targeting horse riding schools and equestrian centres. As part of the compliance campaign, horse riding businesses across Western Australia were audited by industrial inspectors to ensure that children were not being employed in contravention of child employment laws. Overall, there was a positive response to the...
Labour Relations
Department News
13 Jun 2019
In April 2019, Private Sector Labour Relations conducted an education campaign promoting compliance by takeaway food businesses with the child employment provisions in the Children and Community Services Act 2004. Over 260 businesses across Western Australia were provided with information on child employment laws for this industry. The Children and Community Services Act regulates the employment...
Labour Relations
Department News
27 May 2019
The annual State Wage Case was heard yesterday in the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission. The State Wage Case sets the minimum rates of pay for employees covered by the State industrial relations system, including apprentices and trainees, and determines whether there will be any adjustment to rates of pay in State awards. The Commission’s decision will be announced mid-June and...
Labour Relations
Department News
23 May 2019
Easter has arrived and before the long weekend begins employers should check their employment obligations for the Easter period. The Western Australian public holidays for the 2019 Easter period are: Good Friday – Friday 19 April Easter Monday – Monday 22 April Visit the Easter 2019 public holiday arrangements page for: An overview of the Easter public holiday payment arrangements for state...
Labour Relations
Department News
17 Apr 2019
Laws restrict when children under 15 can work in takeaway food businesses, and a proactive campaign to improve compliance with these laws has just commenced. As part of the education stage of this campaign, Wageline is providing takeaway food businesses across Western Australia with information about their obligations for employing children. If you own or manage a takeaway food business, you need...
Labour Relations
Department News
11 Apr 2019
The Western Australian public holidays for the 2019 Easter period are: Good Friday – Friday 19 April Easter Monday – Monday 22 April While Easter Saturday is not considered a public holiday in Western Australia, some WA awards require employees to be paid additional rates on this day. To check if this applies to your situation visit the WA award summaries page or alternatively contact Wageline ...
Labour Relations
Department News
02 Apr 2019
Some regional areas in Western Australia hold the Queen's Birthday public holiday on different dates. The dates for 2019 are now available on the Regional dates for the Queen's Birthday public holiday page. In all other areas of Western Australia, the Queen's Birthday public holiday will be held on Monday 30 September 2019.
Labour Relations
Department News
28 Mar 2019
Submissions to the Inquiry into Wage Theft in Western Australia are closing next week, on Wednesday 27 March 2019. The Inquiry is being undertaken by Mr Tony Beech, former Chief Commissioner of the WA Industrial Relations Commission. Wage theft is the systematic and deliberate underpayment of wages or entitlements to a worker. The Inquiry terms of reference include: Whether there is evidence of...
Labour Relations
Department News
19 Mar 2019
If you are an employer in the State industrial relations system, it is a good idea to review employee pay rates regularly to ensure that they are in line with the current rates in the relevant award , or the minimum pay rates for award free employees if no award applies. The Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission reviews the minimum weekly rates of pay under state awards and the state...
Labour Relations
Department News
14 Mar 2019
Wageline is participating in the Small Business Development Corporation Bizlinks event for small business on Thursday 28 March 2019. Bookings are essential so click on the attached flyer and register now for this free event for small business owners. Bizlinks Flyer March 2019
Labour Relations
Department News
11 Mar 2019
The Easter period is rapidly approaching. If you are working or employing during this period, it is important to understand public holiday entitlements and obligations. The Western Australian public holidays for the 2019 Easter period are: Good Friday – Friday 19 April Easter Monday – Monday 22 April Visit the Easter 2019 public holiday arrangements page for: An overview of the Easter public...
Labour Relations
Department News
07 Mar 2019
State system employers and employees should note that the Building Trades (Construction) Award was varied in December 2018. Wageline has updated the WA award summary – Building Trades (Construction) to reflect the increased pay rates and allowances, which apply from the first pay period on or after 12 December 2018. To stay up to date with changes to pay rates and other key state employment news...
Labour Relations
Department News
26 Feb 2019
The Hon Bill Johnston MLA, Minister for Industrial Relations, has announced an Inquiry into the systematic and deliberate underpayment of wages or entitlements of workers in Western Australia. The Inquiry will be undertaken by Mr Tony Beech, former Chief Commissioner of the WA Industrial Relations Commission. The Inquiry terms of reference include: Whether there is evidence of this occurring in...
Labour Relations
Department News
18 Feb 2019
If you are covered by the state industrial relations system, here is what you need to know about rates of pay for the Australia Day public holiday in 2019. The public holiday for Australia Day in 2019 is Monday 28 January not Saturday 26 January. Saturday 26 January is an ordinary working day and ordinary rates of pay are applicable. Under the Public and Bank Holidays Act 1972 , Australia Day...
Labour Relations
Department News
16 Jan 2019
If you are a hair salon business owner or a hairdresser and you are covered by the state industrial relations system, here is the information you need to know about employee entitlements for the Australia Day public holiday in 2019. Under the Hairdressers Award, Monday 28 January 2019 is the public holiday for Australia Day. Saturday 26 January 2019 is an ordinary working day and ordinary rates...
Labour Relations
Department News
07 Jan 2019
Wageline has now reopened after the Christmas and New Year period. We are excited to start a new year fresh and ready to help you with your employment queries on state employment law. Wageline deals with queries about: pay rates, leave entitlements and other employment arrangements for employers and employees in the WA state industrial relations system long service leave for employees working in...
Labour Relations
Department News
03 Jan 2019
Employers are being reminded of the limitations that apply when employing young people over the school holidays. While the Christmas holidays are the perfect time for teenagers to earn some money, employers looking for help over the busy period need to understand that restrictions apply when employing young people and that they need to comply with their obligations under the Children and...
Labour Relations
Department News
21 Dec 2018
It’s that time of the year where people are getting their last minute Christmas shopping done and most businesses are preparing to wind down for the holiday period. Although it is a time for most employers and employees to switch off and take a break, it is important to understand your employment obligations over the festive holiday period. This season’s public holidays are: Christmas Day,...
Labour Relations
Department News
17 Dec 2018
If you are working or employing during the end of year period and you fall under the state industrial relations system it is important to understand public holiday entitlements and obligations. This season's public holidays are: Christmas Day, Tuesday 25 December 2018 Boxing Day, Wednesday 26 December 2018 New Year's Day, Tuesday 1 January 2019 Under the Hairdressers Award, Tuesday 25 December...
Labour Relations
Department News
11 Dec 2018
The Wageline Newsletter December edition was sent today to approximately 5,000 subscribers, and has been published on the Wageline website. This edition features information about the upcoming Christmas and New Year public holidays and what employers need to know about their employment obligations over this period, child employment laws and a range of other critical information for state system...
Labour Relations
Department News
10 Dec 2018
If you are working or employing during the end of year period and you fall under the state industrial relations system it is important to understand public holiday entitlements and obligations. This season's public holidays are: Christmas Day, Tuesday 25 December 2018 Boxing Day, Wednesday 26 December 2018 New Year's Day, Tuesday 1 January 2019. Under the Restaurant, Tearoom and Catering Workers...
Labour Relations
Department News
07 Dec 2018
If you are working or employing during the end of year period and you fall under the state industrial relations system it is important to understand public holiday entitlements and obligations. This season's public holidays are: Christmas Day, Tuesday 25 December 2018 Boxing Day, Wednesday 26 December 2018 New Year's Day, Tuesday 1 January 2019. Under the Shop and Warehouse (Wholesale and Retail...
Labour Relations
Department News
30 Nov 2018

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